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NRL Round 13 Team Lists: Eels star duo back, Kikau hit for six, Origin rips holes in line-ups, Dragons recall pair of twins

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Parramatta are confident Mitchell Moses can make his return from foot ligament damage when they open the truncated round against Cronulla on Thursday night at CommBank Stadium.

And captain Clint Gutherson has also been named after a month out with a knee injury in the Eels’ starting side for the stoush with the depleted Sharks, who are missing Nicho Hynes and Cameron McInnes on Origin duty.

Moses failed in his bid to come back early to be in the frame for NSW Origin selection and interim coach Trent Barrett said Moses still needed to get through a full week of training before he would be allowed to play.

Dylan Brown moves to five-eighth with Daejarn Asi back to the reserves and Blaize Talagi reverting to the interchange after filling in at fullback for Gutherson.

Sharks playmaker Braydon Trindall will return to the NRL for the first time since being stood down for his drink-driving arrest to replace Hynes while McInnes’ absence is offset by the return of Toby Rudolf from a knee problem.

“(Trindall) knows he let us down a little bit and he’ll be looking to show us that he means something to us and the club means something to him,” said Hynes. “He’s been looking good at training, he’s working hard. I think he’s trying to put a bit more muscle on, he’s working hard in the gym, he’s looking great, his energy’s back so it would be a massive, massive boost if he could play for us on Thursday night.”

Canterbury back-rower Viliame Kikau will miss up to six weeks with a fractured finger in a blow to the Bulldogs heading into this week’s clash with the Knights.

The Bulldogs will hit the road to Newcastle on Friday without first-choice five-eighth Matt Burton and captain Stephen Crichton in the NSW camp.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 23: Viliame Kikau of the Bulldogs is tackled by the Titans defence during the round three NRL match between Canterbury Bulldogs and Gold Coast Titans at Belmore Sports Ground, on March 23, 2024, in Sydney, Australia.

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State of Origin is causing havoc team lists all round in Round 13 with Penrith, the Roosters and Cowboys having a heavy representation in the NSW and Queensland squads.

The Panthers host the Dragons, while the Roosters are at home to North Queensland in another match which will be affected in a major way by player unavailability on rep duty. 

Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin, Brian To’o, Jarome Luai and Dylan Edwards will be missing for the premiers against St George Illawarra, who have Jaydn Su’A and Ben Hunt in the Queensland squad and Zac Lomax making his NSW debut.

Daine Laurie starts at fullback, Jesse McLean is on a wing, Jake Cole partners Brad Schneider in the halves with Trent Toelau, Preston Riki, Mavrik Geyer and Tyrone Peachey forming a new-look interchange for the Panthers.

Dragons rookie Sione Finau comes in on the wing to replace Lomax while Max Feagai and twin brother Mat also join the backline in place of injured centre Jack Bird (ankle) and winger Mikaele Ravalawa, who has been punted. Jesse Marschke takes over at half from Hunt while Toby and Ryan Couchman have bolstered the pack.

The Roosters will be without Spencer Leniu, Lindsay Collins, Angus Crichton and Joseph Suaalii while the Cowboys will need to find replacements for their Maroons contingent of Tom Dearden, Reuben Cotter, Jeremiah Nanai, Valentine Holmes and Murray Taulagi, as well as Blues hooker Reece Robson.

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In the silver lining to James Tedesco’s surprise omission from NSW, the Roosters skipper will be able to suit up against the Cowboys. Luke Keary is on standby for the Blues as part of their extended squad with a call to be made later in the week whether he can play for the Roosters, depending on Hynes’ calf injury.

Roosters forward Egan Butcher will not play again this year – he will undergo surgery on Thursday after scans confirmed he tore his ACL during the win over Canberra. Victor Radley was charged from Saturday’s victory, copping a fine of $1000 for a high tackle.

Holmes was charged with grade-one dangerous contact after a hip-drop tackle on Isaiah Papali’i which was partially a result of contact from Dearden in Friday’s win over the Tigers. He has copped a fine of $1800 to be free for Queensland selection.

Star fullback Latrell Mitchell escaped with a fine for a hip-drop tackle in South Sydney’s NRL win over Parramatta.

Mitchell was sin-binned late in the first half of the Rabbitohs’ 42-26 victory on Saturday, after being pulled up by the bunker for a tackle on Eels centre Sean Russell.

Valentine Holmes (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

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He was handed a grade-one charge after the match review on Sunday morning, but is able to escape with a  $3000 fine if he pleads guilty.

Meanwhile, the Wests Tigers’ spiralling season has copped another hit with veteran prop David Klemmer copping a three-match ban for an ugly hip-drop tackle.

Klemmer was put on report, but not sin-binned for the tackle on Cowboys forward Kulikefu Finefuiaki and was charged with a grade-two offence.

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Round 13 teams

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Parramatta vs Cronulla at CommBank Stadium: 7.50pm, Thursday May 30

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Sean Russell 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Brendan Hands 10. Junior Paulo 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Blaize Talagi 15. Shaun Lane 16. Makahesi Makatoa 17. Wiremu Greig 18. Daejarn Asi 19. Morgan Harper 20. Joey Lussick 21. Ryan Matterson 22. Luca Moretti

Mitchell Moses is set to return from his damaged foot ligament while Clint Gutherson is ready to make an early comeback. Ryan Matterson and Will Penisini are due to play after illness ruled them out of Saturday’s loss to Souths although Matterson has been listed in the reserves.

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Kayal Iro 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Daniel Atkinson 7. Braydon Trindall 8. Thomas Hazelton 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Oregon Kaufusi 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Jack Williams 14. Siosifa Talakai 15. Toby Rudolf 16. Royce Hunt 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Billy Burns 21. Niwhai Puru 22. Jayden Berrell

Braydon Trindall will return to the NRL for the first time since being stood down for his drink-driving arrest to replace Nicho Hynes. Cronulla captain Cameron McInnes is also away on Origin duty but Toby Rudolf is back on the bench from a knee injury with Jack Williams promoted to lock.

Newcastle vs Canterbury at McDonald Jones Stadium: 8pm, Friday May 31

Knights: 1. David Armstrong 2. Enari Tuala 3. Dane Gagai 4. Krystian Mapapalangi 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Jack Cogger 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Leo Thompson 11. Kai Pearce-Paul 12. Dylan Lucas 13. Adam Elliott 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Tyson Frizell 16. Daniel Saifiti 17. Brodie Jones 18. Thomas Cant 19. Mathew Croker 20. Will Pryce 21. Jack Hetherington 22. Fletcher Sharpe

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Daniel Saifiti will return from a ban for a careless high tackle next week while Bradman Best is out after suffering a hamstring injury in the last-start win over Gold Coast, replaced by Krystian Mapapalangi.

Bulldogs: 1. Connor Tracey 2. Blake Wilson 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Jacob Kiraz 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Drew Hutchison 7. Toby Sexton 8. Max King 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Samuel Hughes 11. Jacob Preston 12. Jaeman Salmon 13. Kurt Mann 14. Bailey Hayward 15. Josh Curran 16. Kurtis Morrin 17. Poasa Faamausili 19. Lipoi Hopoi 20. Blake Taaffe 21. Jake Turpin 22. Harry Hayes 23. Jeral Skelton

Stephen Crichton and Matt Burton are away with NSW, opening the door for Drew Hutchison to slot in at five-eighth and Blake Wilson to get a recall. Viliame Kikau is looking at six weeks out with a broken finger.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Matt Burton of the Bulldogs takes on the defence during the round 27 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and Canterbury Bulldogs at Cbus Super Stadium on September 03, 2023 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Matt Burton. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Penrith vs St George Illawarra at BlueBet Stadium: 5.30pm, Saturday June 1

Panthers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Sunia Turuva 3. Izack Tago 4. Paul Alamoti 5. Jesse McLean 6. Jack Cole 7. Brad Schneider 8. Moses Leota 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Scott Sorensen 12. Liam Henry 13. Lindsay Smith 14. Trent Toelau 15. Preston Riki 16. Mavrik Geyer 17. Tyrone Peachey 18. Isaiah Iongi 19. Ativalu Lisati 20. Luron Patea 21. Luke Sommerton 22. Casey McLean

Mavrik Geyer, Jack Cole, Soni Luke, Trent Toelau, Jesse McLean and Tyrone Peachey are in after Origin tore the heart out of Penrith’s side. Matt Eisenhuth (concussion) and Luke Garner (leg) are out.

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Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Sione Finau 3. Moses Suli 4. Mathew Feagai 5. Mathew Feagai 6. Kyle Flanagan 7. Jesse Marschke 8. Francis Molo 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Jack de Belin 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Tom Eisenhuth 14. Blake Lawrie 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Toby Couchman 17. Ryan Couchman 18. Fa’amanu Brown 19. Michael Molo 20. Alec Tuitavake 21. Christian Tuipulotu 22. Mikaele Ravalawa

Shane Flanagan mostly refrained from his pledge to wield the axe when selecting this week’s side after their second-half surrender to Canterbury. Fijian winger Mikaele Ravalawa has been dropped while centre Jack Bird (ankle) and forward Hame Sele (shoulder) as well as rep trio Zac Lomax, Ben Hunt and Jaydn Su’A are out. Two sets of twins have been recalled with Max and Mat Feagai plus Ryan and Toby Couchman in the game-day line-up.

Dolphins vs Canberra at Kayo Stadium: 7.35pm, Saturday June 1

Dolphins: 1. Trai Fuller 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Jake Averillo 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jack Bostock 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Isaiya Katoa 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Connelly Lemuelu 12. Euan Aitken 13. Max Plath 14. Josh Kerr 15. Kenny Bromwich 16. Ray Stone 17. Anthony Milford 18. Oryn Keeley 19. Sean O’Sullivan 20. Jarrod Wallace 21. Kurt Donoghoe 22. Edrick Lee

The NRL’s newest side faces a tough turnaround to prepare to face the Raiders after Sunday’s Warriors clash in Auckland. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is in Queensland camp so Trai Fuller gets recalled at fullback. 

Felise Kaufusi is also in the Maroons squad so Mark Nicholls starts in the pack.

Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Xavier Savage 6. Ethan Strange 7. Kaeo Weekes 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Danny Levi 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Ata Mariota 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Morgan Smithies 14. Tom Starling 15. Simi Sasagi 16. Trey Mooney 17. Emre Guler 18. Albert Hopoate 19. Zac Woolford 20. Peter Hola 21. Michael Asomua 22. Hohepa Puru

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Josh Papalii will return from a ban for a hip drop while Corey Horsburgh is still not back from his groin injury. Ata Mariota joins the starting side for Blues forward Hudson Young.

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Sydney vs North Qld at Allianz Stadium: 7.35pm, Saturday June 1

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Fetalaiga Pauga 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dominic Young 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Brandon Smith 10. Terrell May 11. Nat Butcher 12. Victor Radley 13. Naufahu Whyte 14. Sandon Smith 15. Siua Wong 16. Sitili Tupouniua 17. Michael Jennings 18. Zach Dockar-Clay 19. Blake Steep 20. Ethan King 21. Jake Elliott 22. Delasalle Vaa

Nat Butcher, Junior Pauga, Siua Wong, Sandon Smith and Michael Jennings get recalls with Trent Robinson’s team weakened by Origin duty but James Tedesco will lead the depleted side after he was punted by the Blues.

Victor Radley was charged with a Grade 1 Careless High Tackle and was fined $1000. Egan Butcher (torn ACL) is out for the year.

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tomas Chester 4. Viliami Vailea 5. Braidon Burns 6. Jake Clifford 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Jake Granville 10. Griffin Neame 11. Heilum Luki 12. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 13. Thomas Mikaele 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Harrison Edwards 16. Jamal Shibasaki 17. Jason Taumalolo 18. Kaiden Lahrs 19. Thomas Duffy 20. Marly Bitungane 21. Jai Hansen 22. Jaxon Purdue

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Valentine Holmes has escaped a ban for his hip drop tackle and will join Tom Dearden, Reuben Cotter, Jeremiah Nanai and Murray Taulagi in Maroons camp while Reece Robson is away with the Blues. 

Tom Chester (hamstring) is back at centres while Braidon Burns gets another shot on the wing. Jake Clifford replaces Dearden at five-eighth, Jake Granville takes over at hooker and Thomas Mikaele and Kulikefu Finefeuiaki have been elevated into the starting side. Harrison Edwards and Gehamat Shibasaki are new faces on the interchange.

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