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    2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by bluetige on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:13 pm

    EELS v BRONCOS
    Some Early early mail from Fox.
    8.05pm Thursday at Pirtek Stadium

    Eels: Superstar winger Semi Radradra made a welcome return to Eels training on Sunday when he jumped straight off a plane and rushed to join his teammates following his four-day mercy dash back to cyclone-ravaged Fiji.

    Broncos: Halfback Ben Hunt’s return from suspension will be the only change for Brisbane. The Courier-Mail’s Chris Garry reports that the Broncos are otherwise set to line up with the same side that beat Wigan in the World Club Series.


    Broncos training for round one with same formation as World Club Series except Hunt at halfback. Looks like Herman Ese'ese will miss out.— Chris Garry (@Tiger_CMail) February 28, 2016

    SEA EAGLES v BULLDOGS

    8.05pm Friday at Brookvale Oval

    Sea Eagles: Fullback Brett Stewart remains in significant doubt for Manly’s NRL season opener on Friday night due to a hamstring injury.

    Stewart didn’t train with the Sea Eagles at their Narrabeen base on Monday morning, instead opting for treatment with the team physiotherapist and is at best a 50/50 proposition.

    Recruit Apisai Koroisau is likely to play. He trained on Monday and shared the hooker duties with Matt Parcell.

    Young gun Tom Trbojevic (leg) trained strongly on Monday and will play against the Bulldogs. Trbojevic will likely slot into fullback if Stewart is ruled out.

    Bulldogs: Boom NRL youngster Brad Abbey’s gamble to shun the Warriors for Canterbury could be about to pay off.

    Abbey shapes as a bolter for the Bulldogs’ round one side to face Manly on Friday after Brett Morris underwent a second round of knee surgery on Monday and faces four to six weeks on the sideline.

    The 19-year-old speedster opted for the Bulldogs ahead of the Warriors, and he has rocketed into calculations for a first-grade spot during his first pre-season with the club.

    He pushed his case during the Auckland Nines and played at fullback during their final trial against Melbourne.

    Star recruit Will Hopoate is likely to wear the No.1 in Morris’ absence but it will open up a backline vacancy for Abbey.

    The Kiwi youngster now looks set for a berth in the season opener at Brookvale Oval, which gives him a golden chance to establish himself in first grade while Morris recovers.
    RAIDERS v PANTHERS

    3pm Saturday at GIO Stadium

    Raiders:

    Panthers: Christian Nicolussi reports that Will Smith will wear the No. 1 jumper for Penrith, with coach Anthony Griffin preferring him ahead of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Peta Hiku.

    Smith steps in for the injured Matt Moylan, who will miss at least a week with back stiffness.

    Watene-Zelezniak and Hiku will play right wing and left centre respectively.

    Trent Merrin is also tipped to play at lock, with Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Sam McKendry the starting front-rowers.

    Meanwhile, Dean Whare is likely to miss Penrith’s opening-round NRL clash due to a calf injury.

    The Kiwi centre has been all but ruled out of the match, with Waqa Blake likely to be called into the Penrith side for the game at GIO Stadium.

    TIGERS v WARRIORS

    5.30pm Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium

    Tigers: Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods has revealed rookie rake Manaia Cherrington will be asked to play 80 minutes in the NRL season opener in coach Jason Taylor’s bid to alleviate his hooking injury crisis.

    Both Robbie Farah and Matt Ballin are sidelined for at least the first month of the new NRL season, leaving Taylor to rely on his third-choice hooker to start under the new interchange rules.

    Cherrington has just 11 NRL games to his credit but new captain Woods is confident the 21-year-old is up to the task, beginning with Saturday’s clash with the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium.

    Warriors:

    COWBOYS v SHARKS

    7.30pm Saturday at 1300SMILES STADIUM

    Cowboys:

    Sharks: Jack Bird’s physicality is likely to get him the nod over Ben Barba at fullback for Cronulla.

    Both Bird and Barba impressed at various stages in the No.1 jumper during last month’s trials, but Sharks coach Shane Flanagan admits he’s enamoured by Bird’s bigger frame.

    “I saw some things over the two trials that I really liked from him at fullback,” Flanagan said.

    “(But) he saved a try there one-on-one that not too many people could do - be able to hold up Brenton Lawrence over the tryline, flipped him on his back.

    “That’s the physicality of Birdy at fullback.”

    ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS

    4pm Sunday at Allianz Stadium

    Roosters: Exciting rookie Latrell Mitchell is set to be unleashed for his NRL debut against South Sydney, according to Fox Sports.

    Mitchell is expected to be named at right centre, while Shaun Kenny-Dowall will be named on the right wing, with Dale Copley and Daniel Tupou on the other side of the field.

    Rabbitohs:

    TITANS v KNIGHTS

    6.30pm Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium

    Titans: Gold Coast coach Neil Henry is weighing up whether to run a Maroons forward or a debutant in the centres for the season opener.

    The Gold Coast Bulletin reports that Chris McQueen and Nathan Davis are in contention for a backline spot.

    “We’ve got Anthony Don and Meady (David Mead) on the wings, it’s whether or not we go Chris McQueen in the centres or give Nathan Davis a debut,’’ Henry said.

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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by Johnny B Goode on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:14 pm

    @CubanMafiaSandSlugs wrote:

    Let's just keep picking Pearce then shall we?

    It doesn't have to be Pearce or Moylan. Josh Reynolds, Aidan Sezer and James Maloney are all better options for the NSW 5/8 position.
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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by filthridden on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:15 pm

    So I'm hearing that David Bhana has been named on the bench for the Knights but can't find any team lists anywhere yet.

    Am I missing something?
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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by No Worries on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:15 pm

    @Milchcow wrote:

    I suspect it is just for this round.

    They presumably don't trust Liddle for first grade. And in the coming weeks when Halatau/Farah/Ballin come back then Cherrington will get a spell (unless he kills it this week)

    Yes that's correct. It's to cover a hooker crisis in round 1. People losing their shit over nothing and claiming JT contradicting himself when the situation isn't even remotely similar. Typical sofa coaches who should go back to playing dungeon and dragons.
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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by SI on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:16 pm

    @filthridden wrote:So I'm hearing that David Bhana has been named on the bench for the Knights but can't find any team lists anywhere yet.

    Am I missing something?
    Yes, the last 3 months on Fanatics.  

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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by Andy V on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:19 pm

    @filthridden wrote:So I'm hearing that David Bhana has been named on the bench for the Knights but can't find any team lists anywhere yet.

    Am I missing something?

    various sources and the coach noting 5 on debut for round 1. will be confirmed in a touch under 3 hours.
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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by No Worries on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:19 pm

    @filthridden wrote:So I'm hearing that David Bhana has been named on the bench for the Knights but can't find any team lists anywhere yet.

    Am I missing something?

    Something came out yesterday about him and the Mata(sp)uiuiuiui brothers. No official team lists out yet
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    Re: 2016 NRL.com Fantasy Thread Part 8

    Post by Milchcow on Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:20 pm


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