Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns following his one match suspension, and Aidan Guerra has been promoted to the starting side in place of Mitch Aubusson who slides back to an extended bench.
Boyd Cordner has not been named but sources suggest he’s a good chance of playing after running at training this week. If he does play, the Roosters will be virtually at full strength for the first time since round 16 when Marty Kennedy’s knee injury set off a rash of injuries to key personnel.
Roosters team for Finals Week 3: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Aidan Guerra, Sonny Bill Wiliams, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Mitchell Aubusson, Isaac Liu, Luke O’Donnell, Dylan Napa, Marty Kennedy.
Tyrone Roberts injured his knee in their win against the Storm when he buckled with no-one around him, and while he has been named he will go for further tests tomorrow. Initial scans however were negative and he should be fit to play at this stage.
The Knights are without Kade Snowden, who is suspended, and are also missing Craig Gower and Kurt Gidley with injuries. NSW winger James McManus has been named after missing last week’s battle, with Kevin Naiqama dropping out of the squad. But according to Whacko’s Whispers on Twitter:
If he doesn’t play, obviously Naiqama will come back in.
Knights team for Finals Week 3: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Joey Leilua, Dane Gagai, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, David Fa’alogo, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Robbie Rochow, Beau Scott, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Matt Hilder, Chris Houston, Neville Costigan, Alex McKinnon.