Teams named for Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers, Round 7, 2016

Sydney Roosters

With the loss of Siosiua Taukeiaho for between four and six weeks to a knee injury, Robbo has been forced into a minor reshuffle with the recently-extended Isaac Liu finally named on a Tuesday to start. As we know, the past three weeks has seen him brought in late to start anyway with Guerra shifting to five-eighth and Jayden Nikorima to the bench… but with the additional back-row injury this week, it will be interesting to see if Robbo sticks to that plan considering he’d now have to promote one of the lesser-experienced forwards in Frei or potentially Abraham Papalii — who in 10 minutes of action and four runs last week made a line break, a tackle bust and an offload for an exceptional debut VARR of 75 per cent.

Or do they bring in to the starting line-up former Panther Chris Smith, signed last week and available despite his mere one game of first grade experience (last year) and despite his omission from the Tuesday team list? Or do they shift Napa to the back-row — a position he’s played well in the past and may help counteract Penrith’s size — and promote Kane Evans, despite Napa’s exceptional performance in the 10 jersey last week? Or do they just run the team with a standard halves pairing for a change after finally breaking through last week without one?

Interesting times lay ahead.

In good news, Papalii finally gets a jersey numbered in the teens as opposed to the random 24 jersey he’d been lumped with for three weeks. So that’s nice.

1 Latrell Mitchell
2 Daniel Tupou
3 Brendan Elliot
4 Blake Ferguson
5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6 Jayden Nikorima
7 Jackson Hastings
8 Sam Moa
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Dylan Napa
11 Mitchell Aubusson
12 Aidan Guerra

13 Isaac Liu

Interchange
14 Kane Evans

15 Mitchell Frei
16 Eloni Vunakece
17 Abraham Papalii

Coach:
Trent Robinson

Penrith Panthers

The Panthers are coming off a heartbreaker of a loss to the Cowboys, one in which they were tied 18-all heading into the 74th minute before Lachlan Coote kicked a field goal and Kyle Feldt sealed it with a late try. The club is just a win ahead of the Roosters but have pretty much been in the battle every game this year.

Former Roosters rental and resident powerhouse Suaia Matagi returns to Allianz after signing an offseason deal with the foot-of-the-mountainers. He’ll come off the bench.

Coach Anthony Griffin has named Elijah Taylor on an extended bench after dropping him at the last minute before their loss to the Cows — the versatile back-rower is a favourite of the 26 Rounds staff and he’s reportedly on the outs at Pepper Stadium. The Roosters were reportedly inquiring about his services this year but baulked at demands for a four-year deal.

1 Matt Moylan (c)
2 Josh Mansour
3 Waqa Blake
4 Peta Hiku
5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
6 Te Maire Martin
7 Jamie Soward
8 Sam McKendry
9 Peter Wallace
10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
11 Bryce Cartwright
12 Isaah Yeo
13 Trent Merrin

Interchange
14 Leilani Latu
15 Jeremy Latimore
16 Suaia Matagi
17 James Fisher-Harris
19 Tyrone Peachey
20 Elijah Taylor

Coach: Anthony Griffin

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2 responses to “Teams named for Sydney Roosters vs Penrith Panthers, Round 7, 2016

  1. Jake, do you have any stats of our results with Maxwell as ref.

    I’m fairly sure it is a poor record…

    Cheers,
    Tommy

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