Boyd Cordner has been ruled out for a minimum of six weeks, meaning Aidan Guerra will start his second straight match following the injury to Anthony Minichiello. However, Sonny Bill Williams returns from his two-game suspension for a high-shot on Willie Mason which will offset the loss of Boyd somewhat.
Luke O’Donnell has again not been named but this writer was told on Monday he would play this week following a week off with the flu; however, it may also be Robbo’s best chance to rest the 32-year-old LOD against a weak opponent before the finals.
With Mini still out, The Sheck gets another start at fullback while Mitch Aubusson and Shaun Kenny-Dowall retain their spots on the right fringe.
Roosters team for Round 23: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Aidan Guerra, Sonny Bill Wiliams, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Tinirau Arona, Dylan Napa, Isaac Liu.
The Tigers have been hit hard by injury towards the end of their worst season since the Terry Lamb administration, with Aaron Woods and Marika Korobiete out for the season, while Robbie Farah is still out with a dislocated knuckle (OUCH!).
They also have been subjected to (Benji) Marshall Law lately which can’t be great for a lack of morale at the struggling club — but Mick Potter has refused to drop the half with just four games left in his NRL career.
It’s all this crap that has led to this market from TAB:
Yikes. But Lote Tuqiri gets the start for his first game of the year while Braith Anasta makes his return to Allianz in his first game against the Roosters since the preseason at halfback.
Tigers team for Round 23: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Blake Ayshford, Tim Simona, Lote Tuqiri , Benji Marshall, Braith Anasta, Keith Galloway, Joel Luani, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Suaso Sue. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Jack Buchanan, Bodene Thompson, Curtis Sironen, Masada Iosefa, Sean Spence, Matt Bell.