Teams are in for the second week of the NRL finals and the Roosters have made a huge call on superstar recruit Sonny Bill Williams.
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ROOSTERS V RAIDERS
Friday 9 October, Sydney Cricket Ground, 7.50pm
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner (c) 12. Angus Crichton 13. Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14. Lindsay Collins 15. Sitili Tupouniua 16. Mitchell Aubusson 17. Sonny Bill Williams
Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher 19. Daniel Fifita 20. Matt Ikuvalu 21. Lachlan Lam
Analysis: Sonny Bill Williams (neck) returns to add impact to the pack after sitting out last week, although there is conjecture whether he was left out or injured last week. Jake Friend (concussion) is a huge inclusion at hooker, with Freddy Lussick left out of the squad altogether. Nat Butcher drops out of the 17.
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Superstar Sydney Roosters recruit Sonny Bill Williams.Source:Getty Images
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Semi Valemi 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Tom Starling 10. Sia Soliola 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Hudson Young 17. Corey Harawira-Naera
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Micheal Oldfield
Analysis: No changes for the Raiders ahead of the sudden death clash.
EELS V RABBITOHS
Saturday 10 October, Bankwest Stadium, 7:50pm
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson (c) 2. George Jennings 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Andrew Davey 16. Kane Evans 17. Ray Stone
Reserves: 18. Oregon Kaufusi 19. Brad Takairangi 20. Haze Dunster 21. Daniel Alvaro
Analysis: Maika Sivo (knee) is out for the season, replaced by George Jennings on the wing. Blake Ferguson is considered a 50/50 chance with a final decision on the big Parramatta winger not likely until after Wednesday night’s training session. If Ferguson gets ruled out, it most likely would force coach Brad Arthur to shift Waqa Blake onto the wing and play Brad Takairangi in the centres. Parramatta forward Marata Niukore has accepted a two-match ban after receiving a grade-one crusher tackle charge. He will now only play again this season if the Eels make the grand final, with Ray Stone coming onto the bench.
Maika Sivo of the Eels has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury.Source:Getty Images
Rabbitohs: 1. Corey Allan 2. Alex Johnston 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (c) 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Jed Cartwright 17. Keaon Koloamatangi
Reserves: 18. Steve Marsters 19. Hame Sele 20. Troy Dargan 21. Patrick Mago
Analysis: Same 17 but a slight reshuffle with Jaydn Su’A and Liam Knight switching between bench and back row. The Rabbitohs have scored 106 points in the last two weeks.
Originally published asRoosters’ huge Sonny call, Eel overhaul
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