Anthony Minichiello returns from a three game absence, forcing RTS back to the wing, SKD back to the centres and Aidan Guerra back to the bench. With LOD and Boyd Cordner out for the rest of the regular season, this is the team the Roosters will have for next week barring any further injuries, and barring the rumoured return of Marty Kennedy from a knee injury.
Roosters team for Round 25: Anthony Minichiello, 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 Wiliams, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.
Greg Bird returns from a back injury which kept him out of their last game, as does Luke bailey. But those returns are compounded by the losses of Big Mini Mark Minchiello and Ashley Harrison. They’ve also strangely left a spot open on the bench, but according to NRL.com that space is open as they “attempt to ascertain player availability through their feeder clubs”.
Titans team for Round 25: David Mead, Kevin Gordon, Brad Takairangi, Jamie Dowling, Anthony Don, Aidan Sezer, Albert Kelly, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Ryan James, Greg Bird, Ben Ridge, Nate Myles. Interchange: David Taylor, Luke Bailey, TBC, Matt Srama.