Sonny Bill Williams has been suspended for three weeks, and has been replaced in the starting line-up by Mitch Aubusson, while Frank-Paul Nu’uasala has again been named to start despite being shifted to the bench prior to the match last Thursday.
Meanwhile, both Kane Evans and Remi Casty look set to make their long-awaited debuts for the club, with both being called up to the top 17. Dylan Napa’s erratic game on Thursday sees him shift to the 18th man role, and wing/forward utility Siosiua Taukeiaho named in jersey 19.
The Roosters will have enjoyed nine days off since the debacle last week, and will have needed it after being destroyed up the middle by a physical Souffs squad.
Roosters team for Round Two: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Aubusson, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Aidan Guerra, Kane Evans, Remi Casty, Dylan Napa, Siosiua Taukeiaho.
Nathan Peats has been suspended for an offseason off-field incident, and has been replaced at hooker by the wonderfully-named Kaysa Pritchard. His name always reminds me of those old Kaiser Stuhl boxed wine ads for some reason…
…where was I? Oh yeah. Apart from that change, the Eels return the same squad that thumped the Warriors on Sunday.
Eels team for Round Two: Jarryd Hayne, Semi Radradra, Will Hopoate, Willie Tonga, Vai Toutai, Corey Norman, Luke Kelly, Tim Mannah, Kaysa Pritchard, Fui Fui Moi Moi, Ben Smith, Manu Ma’u, Kenny Edwards. Interchange: Joseph Paulo, Peni Terepo, Darcy Lussick, Kelepi Tanginoa, David Gower, Mitchell Allgood.