It’s been well reported that Boyd Cordner, out all year with a pectoral injury, would return this Monday to play the Dragons on Anzac Day — he said as much to the Telegraph this week — and 26 Rounds can all but confirm that he will. And this may not be the only change the Roosters make prior to kick-off.
Several sources have now relayed to 26 Rounds that Joe Burgess, who scored two tries in his NRL debut in round one versus the Rabbitohs, will return to the top grade with Daniel Tupou out with an injury, while former Eel and junior Kangaroo Ryan Matterson will make his NRL debut at five-eighth.
For those who have no idea who Matterson is, he’s a former Captain for the Eels’ Holden Cup squad who came to the Roosters for 2016. However, up until last week he was out with a broken leg before finally making his debut for Wyong and taking home the Man of the Match award.
The dude is one big unit for his position, a five-eighth in the Greg Bird/Wade Graham/Curtis Sironen mould before they became back-rowers: he stands at 6’4″ and weighs in at over 103kgs.
Shaun Kenny-Dowall will shift to left centre alongside Burgess, with Brendan Elliott to head out to the right to partner Blake Ferguson. With Isaac Liu suspended for one week, there’s a good chance Cordner actually starts this week.
26 Rounds is still unsure of the bench make up at this stage though Jayden Nikorima is definitely not starting, and may even drop back to the 20s to get some confidence up. Regardless, keep an eye on the Roosters’ Twitter and Facebook accounts an hour out from kick-off tomorrow.