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Coates hobbled, Yeo no go, Cowboys out, good news at Broncos, Roosters cleared


Storm winger Xavier Coates is unlikely to play again in the Origin series after suffering a syndesmosis injury in Wednesday night’s opening match at Accor Stadium.

Coates hobbled off in the 28th minute and the Queensland winger has undergone scans to determine the extent of the damage.

Maroons coach Billy Slater said Murray Taulagi and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow were the obvious candidates to replace Coates on the wing as they were in the extended squad for game one.

Coates had scans on Thursday evening before visiting a specialist on Friday to determine the full extent of the damage and formulate a timeline for a return.

“I was just talking to the physio then and the results still haven’t come back, I’m not quite sure why,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said on Friday afternoon. “Until we get those results we’re none the wiser.”

Bellamy said Felise Kaufusi, Cameron Munster and Harry Grant pulled up OK and “at this stage we think they’ll back up”.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson said his State of Origin trio James Tedesco, Daniel Tupou and Lindsay Collins would face the Storm at the SCG.

Panthers stars Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo each copped head knocks representing NSW and Panthers deputy chairman Greg Alexander said the lock would not play but there is no word yet on the halfback’s status for Sunday in Newcastle.

Cowboys forward Jeremiah Nanai has been ruled out with an ankle injury and won’t back up less than 48 hours after his Origin debut to face St George Illawarra in Townsville on Friday night. Teammate Reuben Cotter will be rested by the Cowboys but Valentine Holmes is good to go for what will be his 150th NRL game.

Jaydn Su’A (ankle) and Josh McGuire (groin) are a chance to return for St George Illawarra against the Cowboys on Friday night in Townsville.

Brisbane centre Kotoni Staggs is out after he was replaced 10 minutes into the second half with a shoulder problem and while Kurt Capewell is being rested, the Broncos have confirmed their other three Origin reps – Payne Haas, Pat Carrigan and Selwyn Cobbo – will suit up in Saturday’s home clash with Canberra.

Adam Reynolds is set to return for the home side after two matches out with a hamstring strain. Canberra winger Jordan Rapana is out of the Raiders’ side after pleading guilty to dangerous contact.

Souths have confirmed that Damien Cook and Cameron Murray will be right to face the Titans on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

NSW duo Daniel Tupou and Stephen Crichton have been fined after being charged by the match review committee.

Tupou was hit with grade one-dangerous contact for an incident involving Maroons forward Patrick Carrigan in the 52nd minute while Crichton was handed a grade-one dangerous throw charge for a lifting tackle on Cameron Munster.

Under the new representative rules rushed in before Origin I, they received a fine of 7% of their match fee with an early plea. They would have been hit with 10% if they unsuccessfully contested the charges.

Origin casualties aside, there’s a lot of new faces in the Round 14 teams, including among the coaches.

After Trent Barrett’s time ended at Canterbury last month, two more coaches fell by the wayside on Tuesday with Nathan Brown and Michael Maguire being shown the door at the Warriors and Wests Tigers respectively.

A couple of former Test halfbacks have been installed as interim coaches and have named their first teams for Round 14 – Kiwi legend Stacey Jones at the Warriors and former Kangaroos playmaker Brett Kimmorley at the Wests Tigers.

David Nofoaluma is back on the wing at the Tigers while Manly forward Karl Lawton will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Cronulla centre Jesse Ramien is returning from a three-match high tackle suspension in Sunday’s away game against the Warriors, who welcome back forward Josh Curran from a six-week knee injury.

Round 14 team lists

Friday

Cowboys v Dragons at QCB Stadium, 7.55pm (AEST)

Cowboys: Reuben Cotter played the full 80 minutes making 50-plus tackles and will be rested. Valentine Holmes was also one of Queensland’s best players and will back up while Jeremiah Nanai suffered an ankle injury and has been ruled out. Holmes is likely to start at centre, pushing Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to the wing and Brendan Elliot to the reserves. Tom Dearden will replace Ben Hampton at five-eighth after he was not used by the Maroons.

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Brendan Elliot 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Ben Hampton 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Heilum Luki 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Connelly Lemuelu 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame 18. Ben Condon 19. Tom Dearden 20. Jeremiah Nanai 21. Kane Bradley 22. Reuben Cotter 23. Valentine Holmes 24. Brendan Frei

Dragons: Ben Hunt and Tariq Sims are their only Origin representatives and are expected to play. Jaydn Su’A (ankle) and Josh McGuire (groin) are a chance to return after being named on the reserves bench.

1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Andrew McCullough 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Jayden Sullivan 18. Josh Mcguire 19. Jaydn Su’A 20. Jonathon Reuben 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Josh Kerr

Saturday

Titans v Rabbitohs at Cbus Super Stadium, 3pm (AEST)

Titans: Tino Fa’ausamaleaui was on Queensland duty while David Fifita (knee) and Jayden Campbell (hamstring) are out. AJ Brimson is back at fullback for Campbell with former Warriors utility Paul Turner to make his club debut at five-eighth.

1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Paul Turner 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. Sam McIntyre 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Moeaki Fotuaika 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam Lisone 18. Esan Marsters 19. Herman Ese’ese 20. Aaron Booth 21. Corey Thompson 22. Alofiana Khan-Pereira

Rabbitohs: Latrell Mitchell is out at least another week with COVID. Big prop Tevita Tatola is back in the starting side after recovering from a head knock. Cameron Murray and Damien Cook will play after getting through Origin unscathed.

1. Kodi Nikorima 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Peter Mamouzelos 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Siliva Havili 17. Hame Sele 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Isaiah Tass 20. Liam Knight 21. Ben Lovett 22. Dean Hawkins

Roosters v Storm at SCG, 5.30pm (AEST)

Roosters: Trent Robinson says James Tedesco, Lindsay Collins and Daniel Tupou got through Origin without incident and will play. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will miss another week with a hamstring problem after skipping the win over Canberra on Sunday.

1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Drew Hutchison 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Nat Butcher 14. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Egan Butcher 17. Terrell May 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 20. Ben Marschke 21. Naufahu Whyte 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Billy Smith

Storm: Nelson Asofa-Solomona is set to return from a knee injury at prop. Xavier Coates is likely to be sidelined for a lengthy stint – Craig Bellamy is short on numbers on the wings so rugby convert Will Warbrick may get a chance unless he shuffles his backline to put Nick Meaney on a flank. Bellamy said on Friday he was not sure who would go onto the wing as yet. “We’re struggling for numbers there at the moment but we’ll find someone,” he said.

1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Trent Loiero 17. Alec MacDonald 18. Chris Lewis 19. Jayden Nikorima 20. Tyran Wishart 21. Jordan Grant 22. Bronson Garlick 23. William Warbrick 24. Grant Anderson

Broncos v Raiders at Suncorp Stadium, 7.35pm (AEST)

Broncos: Selwyn Cobbo, Payne Haas and Pat Carrigan will back up from Origin but Kotoni Staggs (corked shoulder) and Kurt Capewell (rested) will sit out Saturday’s game. Adam Reynolds is over his hamstring troubles so Ezra Mam switches to five-eighth and Tyson Gamble is out injured. Brenko Lee will start in the centres for Staggs.

Broncos coach Kevin Walters said: “We’ve had some good discussions with the players and our physios and medical staff, and Patty, Payne and Selwyn all want to play so we are happy for them to play this weekend.

“It’s also a good time for some of our other boys in the middle – Tommy Fleger, Keenan Palasia, Kobe Hetherington and ‘CJ’ Jensen – to pick up a bit of slack and move our team forward tomorrow night. Kotoni has a bit of a cork in the shoulder so we’ll be precautionary and put him in the garage for the weekend and get him right for next week.”

1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. TC Robati 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia 18. Delouise Hoeter 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Jordan Pereira 21. Brenko Lee 22. Ryan James 23. Xavier Willison 24. Brendan Piakura

Raiders: Jack Wighton and Josh Papali’i opposed each other on Wednesday night and will reunite on Saturday, coach Ricky Stuart confirmed after the captain’s run. Jordan Rapana has been banned for dangerous contact after lashing out with his boot at Roosters forward Egan Butcher. Rookie winger James Schiller replaces Rapana on the flank. Corey Harawira-Naera (COVID) is back on the bench, forcing Trey Mooney to the reserves.

1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. James Schiller 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Harawira-Naera 17. Corey Horsburgh 18. Semi Valemei 19. Matt Frawley 20. Trey Mooney 21. Harry Rushton 22. Adrian Trevilyan

Sunday

Tigers v Sea Eagles at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 2pm (AEST)

Tigers: New coach Brett Kimmorley has selected his first squad after Tuesday’s sacking of Michael Maguire. David Nofoaluma is back on a wing for the first time in more than a month while hooker Jacob Liddle is also back on deck after a head knock. Star five-eighth Adam Doueihi is close to making a return from last season’s ACL tear but will likely play next week.

1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Brent Naden 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Luke Brooks 7. Jackson Hastings 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Jock Madden 15. Alex Twal 16. Kelma Tuilagi 17. Alex Seyfarth 18. Fa’amanu Brown 19. Fonua Pole 20. Jake Simpkin 21. Junior Tupou 22. Austin Dias

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Tigers NYC coach Brett Kimmorley gives instructions from the bench during the round 20 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on July 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Brett Kimmorley. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sea Eagles: Manly are riding high after a big win over the Warriors. Josh Schuster is back on the bench after filling in for Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves last weekend.

1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Toafofoa Sipley 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Sean Keppie 18. Taniela Paseka 19. Ethan Bullemor 20. Kaeo Weekes 21. Kurt De Luis 22. Jorge Taufua

Knights v Panthers at McDonald Jones Stadium, 4.05pm (AEST)

Knights: Kalyn Ponga and Dane Gagai are the sole Knights on Origin duty after Jacob Saifiti and Tyson Frizell were on the NSW extended bench. Jacob Saifiti has been elevated to the starting side with his twin brother Daniel out with a knee injury. Kurt Mann will make an early return from an ankle injury.

1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Dominic Young 6. Anthony Milford 7. Jake Clifford 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett 14. Kurt Mann 15. Simi Sasagi 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker 18. Pasami Saulo 19. Jirah Momoisea 20. Tex Hoy 21. Jack Johns 22. Phoenix Crossland

Panthers: With six Panthers in action for NSW, it could be a vastly different line-up than usual on game day. Kurt Falls is in the reserves after an impressive debut at five-eighth in last Friday’s win over Canterbury. Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo each copped head knocks representing NSW. Yeo is out and Cleary doubtful.

1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. Robert Jennings 19. Chris Smith 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. J’maine Hopgood 22. Spencer Leniu 23. Charlie Staines 24. Kurt Falls

Warriors v Sharks at Moreton Daily Stadium, 6.15pm (AEST)

Warriors: Stacey Jones has received a boost for his first NRL game in charge with lock Josh Curran making a welcome return from a six-game injury lay-off with a knee injury. Curran has come onto the bench for hooker Taniela Otukolo who had just 10 minutes on the field against the Sea Eagles last Saturday in the heavy defeat which signalled the end of Nathan Brown’s time as coach.

1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Rocco Berry 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Ben Murdoch-Masila 9. Wayde Egan 10. Jazz Tevaga 11. Euan Aitken 12. Tohu Harris (c) 13. Jack Murchie.
Interchange: 14. Josh Curran 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Bayley Sironen 18. Freddy Lussick 20. Aaron Pene 21. Eliesa Katoa 22. Jesse Arthars 23. Ronald Volkman

Sharks: Nicho Hynes is 18th man for NSW but unlikely to get any game time. Jesse Ramien is back at centre after a three-game ban, sending Connor Tracey to the reserves.

1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Cameron McInnes 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Braydon Trindall 16. Thomas Hazelton 17. Andrew Fifita 18. Connor Tracey 19. Wade Graham 20. Lachlan Miller 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Mawene Hiroti

Monday

Bulldogs v Eels at Accor Stadium, 4pm (AEST)

Bulldogs: Mick Potter will welcome back forward Tevita Pangai jnr from a back injury. Jake Averillo has been shifted to fullback and Corey Allan moves to centre with Matt Dufty 18th man after being dropped last week.

1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Corey Allan 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Max King 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Corey Waddell 16. Joe Stimson 17. Chris Patolo 19. Matt Dufty 20. Bailey Biondi-Odo 21. Kurtis Morrin 22. Isaac Lumelume 23. Tevita Pangai jnr

Eels: Ryan Matterson, Junior Paulo and Reagan Campbell-Gillard got through Origin without drama and are set to take their places in the pack. Maika Sivo is back on the wing for his first game since late last season when he tore his ACL.

1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Isaiah Papali’i 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Nathan Brown 18. Tom Opacic 19. Jakob Arthur 20. Mitch Rein 21. Bryce Cartwright 22. Ky Rodwell 23. Sean Russell



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