Teams named for Sydney Roosters vs Newcastle Knights, Rd 9, 2016

Sydney Roosters

Some big changes this week and here’s the two most notable: Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are baaaaack! Pearce slots straight back into his number seven, shifting Jacko to five-eighth, while JWH returns in the number 17 jersey after a long layoff.

Isaac Liu returns from a one-game suspension and has been named at lock, with Mitch Aubusson shifting to the centres — meaning Brendan Elliott has been dropped. Joe Burgess retains his wing spot. Ryan Matterson maintains a spot in the 17 with Connor Watson the 18th man this weekend.

Dylan Napa, Eloni Vunakece and Kane Evans were not charged by the Match Review Committee, to no-one’s surprise. Sam Moa was charged with a Grade 1 dangerous contact charge on Josh McCrone, but if he takes the early plea he’ll be free to play on Saturday.

Boyd Cordner has been named but had to come off in the final minutes versus the Dragons due to a concussion from an ugly head clash. The Roosters are one of the few clubs that take concussions seriously, and as such Cordner may be in doubt for Saturday night’s game — though the club has not said anything to suggest he might not be available.

1 Latrell Mitchell
2 Joe Burgess
3 Mitchell Aubusson
4 Blake Ferguson
5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
6  Jackson Hastings
7 Mitchell Pearce
8 Sam Moa
9 Jake Friend (c)
10 Dylan Napa
11 Boyd Cordner
12 Aidan Guerra
13 Isaac Liu

Interchange
14 Kane Evans

15 Eloni Vunakece
16 Ryan Matterson
17 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
18 Connor Watson

Coach:
Trent Robinson

Newcastle Knights

The Knights stand just one competition point ahead of the Chooks and they’ve been in the wars recently: they’ve suffered some massive losses including a 53-0 shellacking from the Broncos (that random field goal sealed the deal apparently) and a 16-point loss to the Sea Eagles yesterday. And in a further blow, Jarrod Mullen — who has struggled with hamstring problems his entire career — looked to have been taken out by a sniper yesterday and fell, clutching one of his hammies. The poor bloke cannot catch a break, and neither can his club at this stage. He’s out until at towards the end of the year, and he joins one long casualty ward at the Hunter.
They have managed to collect two-thirds of the Brothers Sims, though, along with the whole back catalogue of Mata’utias. Which is nice.

1 Dane Gagai
2 Nathan Ross
3 Sione Mata’utia
4 Peter Mata’utia
5 Akuila Uate
6 Will Pearsall
7 Trent Hodkinson
8 Sam Mataora
9 Danny Levi
10 Daniel Saifiti
11 Tariq Sims
12 Korbin Sims
13 Jeremy Smith
Interchange
14 Tyler Randell
15 David Bhana
16 Jacob Saifiti
17 Pauli Pauli
18 Brock Lamb
19 Jack Stockwell
20 Mickey Paea
Coach: Nathan Brown
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