Luke O’Donnell has been named despite facing up to five games on the sidelines through suspension. The Roosters have until midday Wednesday to decide whether to fight the charge or accept an early guilty plea which would rule the front-rower out for the rest of the regular season.
Samisoni Langi, who debuted on Monday night, returns to the Holden Cup. Regular captain Anthony Minichiello will miss his third straight game with a hyper-extended knee.
Roosters team for Round 24: 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, Luke O’Donnell, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.
The last time the Sharks played the Roosters they were without Paul Gallen, Jeff Robson, Luke Lewis, Ben Pomeroy, Wade Graham,and Beau Ryan through an assortment of reasons, and were promptly pumped 40-0.
Well, all those players are back now, so don’t expect the 40-0 cakewalk the Roosters were given last start.
But Beau Ryan should not expect a cakewalk either after his ribbing of Sonny Bill Williams may have led to this outburst by Frank-Paul Nu’uasala a couple of weeks ago:
Sharks team for Round 24: Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki, Ben Pomeroy, Jonathan Wright, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Andrew Fifita, John Morris, Bryce Gibbs, Luke Lewis, Paul Gallen. Interchange: (From) Isaac De Gois, Chris Heighington, Jayson Bukuya, Anthony Tupou, Sam Tagataese,