The Roosters have not named Frank Paul Nu’uasala who suffered a medial ligament injury in the club’s 50-zip win over the Parramatta Eels. He was due to have scans today to find out how serious the injury is.
Mitchell Aubusson moves into the starting side with Boyd Cordner switching to lock. Aidan Guerra, who scored two tries for Newtown last week in his return from a knee infection which kept him out for two games, will wear number 17.
Rookie Isaac Liu — impressive in limited minutes in the Easter Monday Massacre — did enough to earn jumper number 16, while naughty boy Luke O’Donnell, fresh off his one-game club-enforced sabbatical, has been named in the number 19 jersey.
Wow. Trent Robinson is not playing favourites, that’s for sure.
Roosters team for Round Five: Anthony Minichiello (C) ,Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: (From) Daniel Mortimer, Martin Kennedy, Isaac Liu, Aidan Guerra, Luke O’Donnell.
The Raiders are missing Blake Ferguson in this one after Dugan’s partner in the Pineapple Cruiser case suffered a fractured cheekbone following a shoulder charge from Danny Buderus in the Raiders’ 28-12 loss to Knights last week. edrick Lee replaces him and will duke it out against Daniel Tupou for the world’s lankiest winger award. Shaun Berrigan has been dropped, while Joel Thompson replaces Joel Edwards in the starting pack.
Raiders team for Round Five: Reece Robinson, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Edrick Lee, Josh McCrone (C), Sam Williams, David Shillington (C), Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: (From) Matt McIlwrick, Dane Tilse, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Joel Edwards, Anthony Milford.