Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Get all the teamlists and officials for Round 8 of the 2017 NRL season - the ANZAC Day commemoration weekend - as they come to hand, together with squad updates throughout the week and final team lineups.
All times are listed in AEST (NSW/QLD/VIC/ACT) unless otherwise noted.
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1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Luke Bateman 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Iosia Soliola
Thursday: Makatoa and Lachlan Croker drop out.
Final team: 1-17 with Taylor & Turner dropping out.
1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Blake Green 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Martin Taupau 11. Frank Winterstein 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Lewis Brown 15. Jackson Hastings 17. Addin Fonua-blake 18. Nate Myles
Taupau returns, moving Fonua-Blake to the interchange. Myles named in the reserves as an outside chance of playing.
Thursday: Lussick and Cullen drop out.
Final team: Myles takes the remaining bench spot with Lussick out. Lane & Wright omitted.
Referees: Grant Atkins, Chris Sutton;Sideline Officials: Phil Henderson, Michael Wise;Video Referees: Jared Maxwell, Luke Patten;
1. Alex Johnston 21. Hymel Hunt 3. Siosifa Talakai 4. Robert Jennings 5. Bryson Goodwin 11. John Sutton 6. Cody Walker 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 17. George Burgess 10. Kyle Turner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess 14. Robbie Farah 15. Jason Clark 16. Zane Musgrove 19. Cameron Murray
No changes here although Sam Burgess is still to face the judiciary.
Thursday: Big changes from the Bunnies corner with Adam Reynolds out and Braidon Burns making way for Hymel Hunt. The result is John Sutton moving to five-eighth with Cody Walker to play half. Turner moves to the second row with George Burgess taking his place up front.
Final team: Fuimaono and Rochow drop off the reserves with Cameron Murray joining the interchange.
1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 4. Tautau Moga 17. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 16. Herman Essese 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 14. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Josh Mcguire 8. Korbin Sims 11. Sam Thaiday 15. Joe Ofahengaue 21. Jonus Pearson
Sims and Thaiday named to start again despite playing off the bench the last two weeks. Ofahengaue returns on the interchange with Pangai Jr injured.
Final team: Sims and Thaiday are predictably benched with Glenn & Ese'ese starting.
Referees: Ashley Klein, Chris Butler;Sideline Officials: Jason Walsh, Dave Ryan;Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Ben Galea;
1. Clint Gutherson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Michael Jennings 4. Kirisome Auva'a 5. Josh Hoffman 6. Brad Takairangi 7. Corey Norman 8. Suaia Matagi 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma'u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Nathan Brown 14. Beau Scott 15. Daniel Alvaro 16. Kenny Edwards 17. Siosaia Vave
Terepo replaced by Kenny Edwards on the interchange.
Friday: Niukore & Jennings drop off the reserves.
Final team: 1-17.
1. Matt Moylan 2. Waqa Blake 3. Dean Whare 14. Peta Hiku 5. Dallin Watene Zelezniak 21. Bryce Cartwright 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Peter Wallace 10. Regan Campbell-Gillard 18. Corey Harawira 12. Isaah Yeo 13. Trent Merrin 4. Tyrone Peachey 15. Leilani Latu 16. Tim Browne 17. Moses Leota
Cartwright & CHN named in the reserves with no changes to the 17.
Friday: Fisher-Harris is out with a shoulder injury, which means Cartwright returns to the starting side in the second row. Viliame Kikau drops out.
Final team: Akauola drops out, while Te Maire Martin is out of the side as well. This sees Cartwright move into the halves with Harawira-Naera replacing him in the back row. Peachey benched with Hiku starting at centre.
Referees: Gavin Badger, Jon Stone;Sideline Officials: Nick Beashel, Belinda Sleeman;Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Bryan Norrie;
1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O'Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. John Asiata 7. Michael Morgan 8. Patrick Kaufusi 9. Blake Leary 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo 15. Ethan Lowe 16. Ben Spina 17. Corey Jensen 19. Ray Thompson
Winterstein is back with Gela-Mosby dropped to accommodate his return. Asiata continues at half with Hampton benched. Thompson is included on the reserves for the first time this season.
Friday: Uele & Bowen drop off the reserves.
Final team: Hampton and Hoare drop out with Thompson gaining the utility role on the bench.
1. Brendan Elliott 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata'utia 5. Nathan Ross 6. Brock Lamb 11. Sione Mata'utia 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh Starling 14. Luke Yates 12. Sam Stone 13. Mitchell Barnett 15. Anthony Tupou 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Jaelen Feeney
Wardle is out, Stone starts and Tupou moves up to the interchange. Fitzgibbon is new on the reserves.
Friday: Hodkinson has been sensationally omitted, while Fitzgibbon drops off the reserves. Feeney is named at half.
Final team: Sione Mata'utia plays half with Feeney benched. Yates replaces him in the second row.
Referees: Adam Gee, Gavin Reynolds;Sideline Officials: Clayton Sharpe, Tim Roby;Video Referees: Luke Patten, Jason Robinson;
1. Valentine Holmes 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Jack Bird 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Kurt Capewell 6. James Maloney 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 14. Jayson Bukuya 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jeremy Latimore 17. Joseph Paulo 19. Sam Tagataese
Friday: Lee & Brown drop out.
Final team: Lewis is out which sees Bukuya start and Tagataese comes onto the interchange.
18. Jarryd Hayne 2. Anthony Don 3. Dale Copley 4. Dan Sarginson 20. Konrad Hurrell 1. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Nathan Peats 10. Ryan James 11. Chris McQueen 19. Kevin Proctor 13. Ryan Simpkins 14. Karl Lawton 15. Joe Greenwood 12. Chris Grevsmuhl 17. Leivaha Pulu
Greenwood named on the interchange, King out with injury. Hayne, Proctor and Hurrell all included in the reserves and are outside chances of a start.
Friday: Hurrell will start on the wing with Tyronne Roberts-Davis omitted. Morgan Boyle is the other player omitted, with Proctor and Hayne remaining a chance.
Final team: Hayne, Proctor and Hurrell are back! Hayne goes to fullback which puts Roberts to five-eighth. Elgey is out. Proctor's in the second row, which sees Grevsmuhl benched. Vaivai is out.
Referees: Henry Perenara, Chris James;Sideline Officials: Ricky MacFarlane, Russell Turner;Video Referees: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea;
1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Moses Suli 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Mitchell Moses 21. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Joel Edwards 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor 11. Josh Aloiai 14. Tim Grant 15. Sauaso Sue 17. Jacob Liddle
Idris out injured which sees Chee Kam back in the centres, Suli the other centre and Naiqama on the wing. Edwards comes in on the interchange and Brooks is in the reserves in case he is passed fit.
Saturday: Felise & Lovett drop off the reserves.
1. Brett Morris 2. Kerrod Holland 3. Josh Morris 4. Brenko Lee 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Moses Mbye 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Greg Eastwood 13. David Klemmer 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Adam Elliot 20. Matt Frawley
Klemmer returns at lock, moving Elliot to the interchange and Garvey out of the squad. Frawley remains a reserve.
Saturday: Tualau & To'omaga drop out.
Final team: Predictably enough, Frawley takes the final bench spot with Faitala-Mariner omitted.
Referees: Gerard Sutton, Peter Gough;Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Rohan Best;Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Luke Patten;
1. Michael Gordon 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Joseph Manu 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Isaac Liu 11. Boyd Cordner 13. Aidan Guerra 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 14. Zane Tetevano 15. Paul Carter 16. Kane Evans 19. Dylan Napa
Friend to start, Ferguson & SKD swap and Evans comes in for Matterson on the interchange.
Monday: Lindsay Collins and Latrell Mitchell drop off.
1. Josh Dugan 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin 14. Tariq Sims 15. Leeson Ah Mau 16. Kurt Mann 17. Hame Sele
Dugan's back with Nightingale moving to the wing, Mann to the interchange and Milne back to the reserves.
Monday: Lawrie & Leilua drop off.
Referees: Matt Cecchin, Alan Shortall;Sideline Officials: Chris Butler, Brett Suttor;Video Referees: Bernard Sutton, Luke Patten;
1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. William Chambers 4. Cheyse Blair 5. Josh Addo-Carr 17. Cameron Munster 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Jordan McLean 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Joe Stimson 13. Dale Finucane 14. Christian Welch 15. Tim Glasby 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Ryley Jacks
Chambers returns from suspension with Tonumaipea relegated to the reserves. Munster stays on the bench. Olam drops off the reserves.
Monday: Stimson and Nicholls drop out.
1. Roger Tuivasa-sheck 2. Blake Ayshford 3. David Fusitua 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kieran Foran 7. Shaun Johnson 8. James Gavet 9. Issac Luke 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering 14. Nathaniel Roache 16. Ligi Sao 17. Sam Lisone 18. Ben Matulino
Ben Matulino makes his first appearance in the reserves, named as an outside chance to play his first match of the season in a week's time.
Monday: Gubb and Lino drop off the reserves.
Referees: Ben Cummins, Dave Munro;Sideline Officials: Jeff Younis, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski;Video Referees: Ashley Klein, Ben Galea;