Teams named for Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters, Round 2, 2016

Sydney Roosters

Daniel Tupou returns to the wing in place of two-try débutante Joe Burgess who drops back to an extended bench.That’s the only change made to a squad that was beaten 42-10 by the Bunnies in round one, with many fans expecting that at least Sio Siua Taukeiaho would be promoted to the starting line-up at the expense of Mitch Aubusson or Isaac Liu. But nope, same squad aside from the wings. Mitchell Frei, named 18th man last week but not promoted to the game squad, has not been named on that extended bench.

Trent Robinson is obviously confident this line-up can turn it around, and they’ll get a good shot to do so against a team without their besthalves.

Sydney Roosters Team for Round Two

1 Blake Ferguson
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Dale Copley
4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
5 Latrell Mitchell
6 Jayden Nikorima
7 Jackson Hastings
8 Kane Evans
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Dylan Napa
11 Aidan Guerra
12 Mitchell Aubusson
13 Isaac Liu
14 Sio Siua Taukeiaho
15 Sam Moa
16 Ian Henderson
17 Vincent Leuluai
19 Joe Burgess

Coach: Trent Robinson

Canberra Raiders

The Raiders, first-up winners against Penrith in round one, have suffered a huge blow with star halves pairing Aidan Sezer (fractured eye socket) and Blake Austin (knee) both ruled out for five weeks. Sam Williams and neophyte Lachlan Croker to start in their stead. the rest of the team remains unchanged.
As my boy @RamirezJnr said on Twitter, expect huge games for former Roosters Frank-Paul Nu’uasala, Sia Soliola and Joey Leilua, with Frank-Paul to start up front at prop — a position that he’s probably best suited to, as he’s forced into running it more in the front row than as the roving lock he was when he finished up at Bondi.

Canberra Raiders Team for Round Two

1 Jack Wighton
2 Edrick Lee
3 Jarrod Croker (c)
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Jordan Rapana
6 Lachlan Croker
7 Sam Williams
8 Shannon Boyd
9 Josh Hodgson
10 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
11 Josh Papalii
12 Elliot Whitehead
13 Shaun Fensom

14 Kurt Baptiste
15 Iosia Soliola
16 Paul Vaughan
17 Jeff Lima

Coach: Ricky Stuart


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