UPDATED: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Mitch Aubusson return from injury which kept them out of the Roosters’ win over Souths on Friday, while Luke O’Donnell returns and has been named on the bench following a three-week lay-off due to suspension.
But Jared-Waerea-Hargreaves was suspended at the judiciary tonight. Either Marty Kennedy or O’Donnell will be promoted to the starting squad, with O’Donnell the likely candidate after starting much of the year and with Kennedy only just returning from an 11-week layoff.
As JWH was initially named, no decision has been made yet by the club who will replace him in the top 13.
Roosters team for Finals Week 1: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, TBA , Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Mitchell Aubusson, Sonny Bill Wiliams, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Marty Kennedy, Luke O’Donnell.
Brett Stewart and Brenton Lawrence return to the starting squad for Manly after being missing their 12-point loss to Penrith last week through injury — although Brett Stewart reportedly remains in doubt to line up for Saturday’s match — while Anthony Watmough returns after missing the past three games with a knee injury.
If he does make it to the field, this is pretty much a full strength squad as Jorge Taufua returns to the wing following a two-game suspension for an off-field incident to start the year.
Sea Eagles team for Finals Week 1: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon, Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brenton Lawrence, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough , Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Richie Fa’aoso, Tom Symonds, David Gower, George Rose, James Hasson.