The Roosters of course have three players backing up just two days after Origin. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is still out suspended until round 16 and Sam Moa is a week or so away from returning from a knee injury.
They’re fresh off some fully sick refereeing performances and their third loss of the season, but their three Origin players will be happy to take a break from fronting the Storm’s “big three” following their round 11 loss to Melbourne and State of Origin One. The Chooks have yet to lose two games in a row this season.
Roosters team for Round 13: Anthony Minichiello (C) ,Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Luke O’Donnell, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Williams, Boyd Cordner. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala, Aidan Guerra, Lama Tasi.
The Eels have made some big changes to their squad with five-eighth Luke Kelly, winger Vai Toutai and benchmen Junior Paulo and Ben Smith either dropped or injured. Ricky Stuart has named backup fullback Jake Mullaney, rookie winger Braydene Williame, and forwards Pat O’Hanlon and Ken Edwards this week, with Peni Terepo starting at lock and Joseph Paulo moving to five-eighth.
The Eels have just Jarryd Hayne backing up from Wednesday, while high-priced offseason recruit Darcy Lussick also has been named following a two-match suspension for his involvement in a brawl against Brisbane.
Parra are coming off a 38 point shellacking at the hands of the Gold Coast Titans in Round 11 and a 20-point loss to the Dragons a round earlier. But they’ll be keen to make amends for a 50-0 massacre at the hands of the Roosters earlier this season.
Eels team for Round 13: Jarryd Hayne (C),Ken Sio, Ryan Morgan, Jacob Loko, Brayden Williams, Joseph Paulo, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Reni Maitua (C), Matthew Ryan, Peni Terepo. Interchange: (From) Jake Mullaney, Darcy Lussick, Mitchell Allgood, Pat O’Hanlon, Ken Edwards.