Teams named for North Queensland Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters, Round 3, 2016

Sydney Roosters

Latrell Mitchell retains his fullback spot in a sign that he’s now got the number one for good, and Dylan Napa narrowly escaped suspension for his hit on Joey Leilua. But with Vinnie Leuluai out injured, the Roosters have named Mitchell Frei to make his debut from an extended bench that includes Eloni Vunakece and Brendan Elliott.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho has been named in the starting line-up at the expense of Isaac Liu who drops back to the bench. It’s a five day turnaround for the Roosters with both games on either end played on the road.

Sydney Roosters Team for Round Three

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

: Trent Robinson

North Queensland Cowboys. 

The Cows suffered a shock loss to alleged cap cheats the Parramatta Eels last week in a game in which Paul Green pulled a late minute swifty in shifting Grand Final star Jake Granville to the bench and starting Rory Kostjasyn.

If only Green’s name was Jasyn instead of Paul, we could have made the whole “Kostjasyn cost Jasyn a win” joke. Which I just made anyway. Well, the shift cost Jason Taumalolo a win I guess, so it works. Yeah. I’m here all week.

Former Chooks assistant Green has named the same team that lost last week, but with Matt Scott facing the judiciary tonight following a crusher tackle charge and therefore in doubt pending the result. Granville has been named to start.

North Queensland Cowboys Team for Round Three

1 Lachlan Coote
2 Kyle Feldt
3 Justin O’Neill
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Michael Morgan
7 Johnathan Thurston (c)
8 Matthew Scott (c)
9 Jake Granville
10 James Tamou
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Ethan Lowe
13 Jason Taumalolo

14 Rory Kostjasyn
15 John Asiata
16 Scott Bolton
17 Ben Hannant

Coach: Paul Green


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