Mitchell Pearce has been stood down for the game against the Cowboys by the Roosters, as covered by 26 Rounds here. As a result, Sonny Bill Williams shifts to five-eighth and James Maloney to halfback with Daniel Mortimer and Samisoni Langi named on an extended bench.
Mitchell Aubusson will therefore start in his 150th game for the club. Remi Casty was a late scratch after succumbing to yet another leg injury, and has been named to once again start for the Jets alongside Kane Evans.
Roosters team for Round 10: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Sonny Bill Williams, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Aubusson, Aidan Guerra. Interchange: (from) Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nu’uasala, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Samisoni Langi.
Antonio Winterstein, Ray Thompson and Tariq Sims return from injury, with Curtis Rona (ankle injury) and Robert Lui dropping out — the latter an unfornate dropping for the Roosters considering his woeful defence. Scott Bolton moves back to the bench whiled penalty magnet Glenn Hall has been named 18th man. The Cows have won their past two games, both at home and by 13-plus. They’ve won four of five games at home this year, none away — but hey, at least this game isn’t in fucking Darwin.
Cowboys team for Round 10: Michael Morgan, Matthew Wright, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston, Ray Thompson, Matt Scott, Rory Kostjasyn, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Jason Taumalolo, Tariq Sims. Interchange: (from) Cameron King, Ethan Lowe, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Glenn Hall.