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NRL semi-finals teams: Crucial ins for Panthers, Roosters lose forward

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14th September, 2021

The NRL semi-finals teams have been revealed.

The Penrith Panthers have been boosted ahead of Saturday night’s do-or-die semi-final, regaining Dylan Edwards at fullback and Moses Leota at prop after both were withdrawn late from last week’s lock loss to South Sydney.

Charlie Staines is the casualty from Edwards’ return, with Stephen Crichton shifting to the wing to take his spot. Matt Eisenhuth drops out due to Leota’s return.

The Parramatta Eels, for their part, have named Clint Gutherson and Blake Ferguson despite both suffering injuries in last week’s controversial win over the Knights. The only change they’ve made is the return of Ryan Matterson to the bench at the expense of Makahesi Makatoa.

The Sydney Roosters will be without Sio Siua Taukeiaho for their crunch match on Friday night, after the forward succumbed to a leg injury. They do, however, regain Nat Butcher from a knee problem on the the bench.

Sam Verrills has been named despite facing the judiciary for a high tackle charge.

The Manly Sea Eagles have made one change; Lachlan Croker returns at hooker after he was a late withdrawal from last week’s loss with a back injury. Karl Lawton drops to the bench and Curtis Sironen leaves the side altogether as a result.


Manly Sea Eagles vs Sydney Roosters


Friday, 7:50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Sea Eagles No. Roosters
Tom Trbojevic 1 James Tedesco
Jason Saab 2 Daniel Tupou
Brad Parker 3 Josh Morris
Morgan Harper 4 Adam Keighran
Reuben Garrick 5 Matt Ikuvalu
Kieran Foran 6 Lachlan Lam
Daly Cherry-Evans 7 Drew Hutchison
Josh Aloiai 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Lachlan Croker 9 Sam Verrills
Martin Taupau 10 Isaac Liu
Haumole Olakau’atu 11 Angus Crichton
Josh Schuster 12 Sitili Tupouniua
Jake Trbojevic 13 Victor Radley
Dylan Walker 14 Sam Walker
Karl Lawton 15 Nat Butcher
Sean Keppie 16 Egan Butcher
Taniela Paseka 17 Fletcher Baker
Toafofoa Sipley 18 Dale Copley
Moses Suli 19 Ben Thomas
Curtis Sironen 20 Ben Marschke
Tevita Funa 21 Naufahu Whyte

Penrith Panthers vs Parramatta Eels

Saturday, 7:50pm at BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Panthers No. Eels
Dylan Edwards 1 Clint Gutherson
Stephen Crichton 2 Haze Dunster
Paul Momirovski 3 Will Penisini
Matt Burton 4 Waqa Blake
Brian To’o 5 Blake Ferguson
Jarome Luai 6 Dylan Brown
Nathan Cleary 7 Mitchell Moses
Moses Leota 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Apisai Koroisau 9 Ray Stone
James Fisher-Harris 10 Junior Paulo
Viliame Kikau 11 Shaun Lane
Kurt Capewell 12 Marata Niukore
Isaah Yeo 13 Nathan Brown
Mitch Kenny 14 Will Smith
Scott Sorensen 15 Isaiah Papali’i
Tevita Pangai Jr. 16 Bryce Cartwright
Liam Martin 17 Ryan Matterson
Spencer Leniu 18 Makahesi Makatoa
Izack Tago 19 Oregon Kaufusi
Brent Naden 20 Tom Opacic
Tyrone May 21 Jake Arthur