General NRL 2016 Round 3 - General Discussion

Besides the Warriors game which game are you most looking forward to?

  • Cowboys vs Roosters

  • Bulldogs vs Eels

  • Knights vs Raiders

  • Panthers vs Broncos

  • Titans vs Tigers

  • Dragons vs Rabbitohs

  • Manly vs Sharks

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NRL 2016 Round 3 - General Discussion

A thread for all 2016 Round 3 team lists, discussions, news and views. Serves as a team list thread and game day discussion for all games through the week. A new like this thread will open every Tuesday for team list Tuesday.

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If the Warriors are going to do anything this year they have to front up against the Storm. Playing at home, an extra two days break, not many seats left. No excuses...surely no excuses this time.
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Yes we do need to win on Sunday. I just want to shut up the Australian Media for at least one week.

Yes we probably do deserve some of the criticism we are getting with the way we are playing but the way they talk we are the worst team in the comp.

Alexander for example seems to be on a crusade to tell us how bad the Warriors are every time he has a chance to speak. I haven't heard him go on and on about Manly, Roosters, Panthers like he does about the Warriors.

I just can't stand listening to him anymore.

Maybe as I am getting older I am just getting more sensitive.


Alexander for example seems to be on a crusade to tell us how bad the Warriors are every time he has a chance to speak. I haven't heard him go on and on about Manly, Roosters, Panthers like he does about the Warriors.
The Warriors don't have the losing streak of the others and that first half against the Tigers was pretty bad so we were the easy target. The Roosters and Manly sure are taking the heat off Cappy right now.


Christchurch Born n bred white bait fed.
Did anyone else hear the post match interview with Jason taylor last night ?
he was saying how he has given the players the structure but they can go out and play the game as they see it, he said if a player does something stupid that doesn't come off then we will address that so it's not done again but he will support them as much as he can cause once they are out on the field theres bugger all he can do.

Jason Taylor Swallows His Pride


Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor Photo: Getty Images

Amid talk of dissention in the Tigers ranks after the Robbie Farah debacle, Tigers centre Kevin Naiqama has said that Jason Taylor has swallowed his pride and is letting his players do their job.

Speaking to Triple M's commentary team after the Tigers' win against Manly, Naiqama said that Taylor is giving the team more freedom.

"Credit to JT, he's sort of swallowed his pride a bit and is letting the guys play a bit of footy," he said. Listen to the interview below.
I haven't been following too much from the media the last week, but just wondering are the same gumbies that are calling for Shaun Johnson to be dumped saying the same about DCE? They made some big signings like the Warriors and are in the same boat in regards to performances.
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Interesting to see some of the junior clubs...



1 Lachlan Coote (Windsor Wolves)
2 Kyle Feldt (Norths Thuringowa)
3 Justin O'Neill (Townsville Brothers)
4 Kane Linnett (Port Kembla Blacks)
5 Antonio Winterstein (Logan Brothers)
6 Michael Morgan (Townsville Brothers)
7 Johnathan Thurston (c) (Sth Sunnybank)
8 Matthew Scott (c) (Longreach Tigers)
9 Jake Granville (Rockhampton Brothers)
10 James Tamou (Palmerston North)
11 Gavin Cooper (Murgong Mustangs)
12 Ethan Lowe (Goondiwindi)
13 Jason Taumalolo (Otahuhu Leopards)

14 Rory Kostjasyn (Berkeley Vale Panthers)
15 John Asiata (Wentworth Magpies)
16 Scott Bolton (Innisfail Brothers)
17 Ben Hannant (Burleigh)

Coach: Paul Green

The Cowboys keep on keeping on by naming the same 17 for the third-straight week despite losing to Parramatta last Saturday night.

1 Latrell Mitchell (Taree Red Rovers)
2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall (East Coast Bays)
3 Blake Ferguson (Wellington Cowboys)
4 Dale Copley (Aspley Devils)
5 Daniel Tupou (Berala Bears)
6 Jayden Nikorima (Aspley Devils)
7 Jackson Hastings (Wests Illawarra)
8 Kane Evans (Leichhardt Wanders)
9 Jake Friend (c) (Noosa Pirates)
10 Dylan Napa (Aspley Devils)
11 Aidan Guerra (Townsville Brothers)
12 Mitchell Aubusson (Ballina Seagulls)
14 Sio Siua Taukeiaho (Otara Scorpions)

13 Isaac Liu (Otahuhu Leopards)
15 Sam Moa (Mangere East)
16 Ian Henderson (Erina Eagles)
17 Mitchell Frei (Albany Creek)
18 Eloni Vunakece (Holy Cross Rhinos)
21 Brendan Elliott (Runaway Bay)

Coach: Trent Robinson

Mitchell Frei will make his NRL debut in place of Vincent Leuluai on the Roosters' bench this weekend.



1 Will Hopoate (Manly Cove)
2 Curtis Rona (Joondalup Giants)
3 Josh Morris (Kiama Knights)
4 Chase Stanley (Hurstville Utd)
5 Sam Perrett (Burleigh Bears)
6 Josh Reynolds (St George Dragons)
7 Moses Mbye (Noosa Pirates)
8 Aiden Tolman (Smithtown Tigers)
9 Craig Garvey (Earlwood Saints)
10 James Graham (c) (St Helens Crusaders)
11 Josh Jackson (Gulgong Terriers)
12 Tony Williams (Cabramatta)
13 Greg Eastwood (Manurewa Marlins)

14 Sam Kasiano (Otahuhu Leopards)
15 Tim Browne (Raymond Terrace Roosters)
16 David Klemmer (All Saints Toongabbie)
17 Adam Elliott (Tathra Sea Eagles)
19 Lloyd Perrett (Burleigh Bears)
20 Shaun Lane (South Eastern Seagulls)

Coach: Des Hasler

Chase Stanley is named in the centres in place of last start match-winner Kerrod Holland. David Klemmer has also been named on the bench despite a judiciary cloud hanging over his head.


1 Michael Gordon (Tweed Coast)
2 Semi Radradra (Vatukoula Rugby)
3 Michael Jennings (St Marys)
4 Brad Takairangi (Cronulla Caringbah)
5 Clint Gutherson (Croma Kingfishers)
6 Corey Norman (Beenleigh Lions)
7 Kieran Foran (c) (Asquith Magpies)
8 Junior Paulo (Cabramatta)
9 Issac De Gois (All Saints Liverpool)
10 Tim Mannah (c) (Guilford Owls)
11 Ken Edwards (Levin Knights)
12 Beau Scott (Picton Magpies)
13 Tepai Moeroa (Seven Hills)

14 Kaysa Pritchard (Cabramatta)
15 Peni Terepo (Mangere East Hawks)
16 Danny Wicks (Grafton Ghosts)
17 Davud Gower (Holy Cross Rhinos)

Coach: Brad Arthur

Issac De Gois replaces Nathan Peats at hooker. Kenny Edwards starts in the back row in place of the suspended Manu Ma'u. David Gower comes on to the bench in the only change to the Eels' 17.



1 Jaelen Feeney (Nerang Roosters)
2 Nathan Ross (Coogee Randwick)
3 Dane Gagai (Brisbane Wests)
4 Pat Mata'utia (South Newcastle)
5 Akuila Uate (Woy Woy)
6 Jarrod Mullen (Wests Newcastle)
7 Trent Hodkinson (Cabramatta Two Blues)
8 Sam Mataora (South Sunnybank)
9 Tyler Randell (Aberdeen Tigers)
10 Korbin Sims (Gerrigong Lions)
11 Jacob Safiti (The Entrance Tigers)
12 Robbie Rochow (East Maitland Griffins)
13 Jeremy Smith (Runaway Bay)

14 Danny Levi (Randwick Kingsfishers)
15 Sione Mata'Utia (Bankstown)
16 Lachlan Fitzgibbon (South Newcastle)
17 Daniel Safiti (The Entrance Tigers)
18 Pauli Pauli (Hills District)

Coach: Nathan Brown

David Bhana (syndesmosis) is out for eight weeks meaning Sione Mata'utia and Pauli Pauli will fight for the final bench spot in Newcastle's 17.


1 Jack Wighton (Orange CYMS)
2 Edrick Lee (Easts Mount Gravatt)
3 Jarrod Croker (c) (Goulburn Stockmen)
4 Brenko Lee (Logan Brothers)
5 Jordan Rapana (Tugun Seahawks)
6 Lachlan Croker (Crookwell Green Devils)
7 Sam Williams (Cooma Colts)
8 Shannon Boyd (Cowra Magpies)
9 Josh Hodgson (East Hull)
10 Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Mangere East)
11 Josh Papalii (Logan Brothers)
12 Elliot Whitehead (West Bowling Juniors)
13 Shaun Fensom (Bellingen Dorrigo)

14 Kurt Baptiste (Aspley Devils)
15 Iosia Soliola (Ponsonby Ponies)
16 Paul Vaughan (Gungahlin Bulls)
17 Jeff Lima (Mangere East)

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Brenko Lee will play his first NRL game in 2016 after being named in the centres as a replacement for the suspended Joey Leilua.



1 Will Smith (Newcastle All Blacks)
2 Josh Mansour (St John Eagles)
3 Waqa Blake (Brighton Seagulls)
4 Peta Hiku (Manurewa Marlins)
5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (College)
6 Tyrone Peachey (Wellington Cowboys)
7 Jamie Soward (Wagga Kangaroos)
8 Sam McKendry (Mt Albert Lions)
9 Peter Wallace (Lower Mountains)
10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Windsor)
11 Bryce Cartwright (St Marys)
12 Isaah Yeo (St Johns Dubbo)
13 Trent Merrin (Shellharbour Sharks)

14 Sitaleki Akauola (Manurewa Marlins)
15 Jeremy Latimore (Port Macquarie)
16 Suaia Matagi (Te Atatu Roosters)
17 Elijah Taylor (Otahuhu Leopards)

Coach: Anthony Griffin

Will Smith returns at fullback for Dean Whare (calf) while Tyrone Peachey and Peter Wallace have been named at five-eighth and hooker respectively.


1 Darius Boyd (Mudgereraba)
2 Greg Eden (Castleford Panthers)
3 Jack Reed (Bribie Island Warrigals)
4 James Roberts (La Perouse Panthers)
5 Jordan Kahu (Pentone RU)
6 Anthony Milford (Souths Acacia Ridge)
7 Ben Hunt (Blackwater Crushers)
8 Josh McGuire (Aspley)
9 Andrew McCullough (Dalby Devils)
10 Adam Blair (Northland Carvers)
11 Alex Glenn (Northcote Tigers)
12 Matt Gillett (Bribie Island Warrigals)
13 Corey Parker (c) (Logan Brothers)

14 Jarrod Wallace (Sawtell Panthers)
15 Sam Thaiday (Townsville Brothers)
16 Joe Ofahengaue (Ipswich Brothers)
17 Kodi Nikorima (Palmerston North)

Coach: Wayne Bennett

Greg Eden replaces the injured Corey Oates on the wing in an otherwise unchanged side.



1 David Mead (Marist Bros Lismore)
2 Anthony Don (Grafton Ghosts)
3 Josh Hoffman (Norths Mackay)
4 Nathan Davis (Hinchinbrook Hornets)
5 Nene MacDonald (Cairns Brothers)
6 Tyrone Roberts (Wests Newcastle)
7 Ashley Taylor (Toowoomba)
8 David Shillington (Brothers juniors)
9 Nathan Friend (c) (West Juniors)
10 Agnatius Paasi (Mangere East)
11 Zeb Taia (Enfield)
12 Chris McQueen (Kingaroy Red Ants)
13 Greg Bird (Maitland Pumpkin Pickers)

14 Luke Douglas (Yamba Dolphins)
15 Ryan James (Bilambil Jets)
16 Leivaha Pulu (Marist Saints)
17 Daniel Mortimer (Orange CYMS)
18 Eddy Pettybourne (Mascot Jets)

Coach: Neil Henry

Bar a positional switch between Agnatius Paasi and Ryan James the Titans have stuck solid with the same 17 that lost to Melbourne last Sunday. Eddy Pettybourne is 18th man.

Wests Tigers
1 James Tedesco (Camden Rams)
2 David Nofoaluma (Campbelltown)
3 Tim Simona (Doonside)
4 Kevin Naiqama (Arncliffe Scots)
5 Jordan Rankin (Burleigh)
6 Mitchell Moses (Carlingford Cougars)
7 Luke Brooks (Holy Cross Rhinos)
8 Aaron Woods (c) (Leichhardt Juniors)
9 Dene Halatau (Merrylands)
10 Tim Grant (St Marys)
11 Kyle Lovett (Five Dock RSL)
12 Chris Lawrence (Eagle Vale St Andrews)
13 Sauaso Sue (Macquarie Fields Hawks)

14 Jack Buchanan (Culburra)
15 Joshua Aloiai (Glenora Bears)
16 Ava Seumanufagai (Wainuiomata Lions)
17 Manaia Cherrington (Quakers Hill)
18 Michael Chee Kam (Mt Wellington)

Coach: Jason Taylor

Curtis Sironen (hamstring) is out for Wests Tigers with Kyle Lovett named to start in the back row and Jack Buchanan coming on to the bench with 18th man Michael Chee-Kam.



1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Otahuhu Leopards)
2 Tuimoala Lolohea (Marist Saints)
3 Blake Ayshford (Paddington Tigers)
4 Solomone Kata (Howick Hornets)
5 Manu Vatuvei (Otara Scorpions)
6 Shaun Johnson (Hibiscus Coast Raiders)
7 Jeff Robson (Leeton Greenies)
8 Jacob Lillyman (Richmond Tigers)
9 Issac Luke (Hawera Hawks)
10 Ben Matulino (Te Aroha Eels)
11 Bodene Thompson (Tauranga City)
12 Ryan Hoffman (c) (Campbelltown)
13 Simon Mannering (Te Aroha Eels)

14 Nathaniel Roache (Mount Albert Lions)
15 Charlie Gubb (University Hunters)
16 James Gavet
17 Albert Vete (Mangere East Hawks)
18 John Palavi (Richmond Rovers)
21 Jonathan Wright (Northern Lake)
23 Konrad Hurrell (Mount Albert Lions)

Coach: Andrew McFadden

Albert Vete and Charlie Gubb come on to the bench in place of Sam Lisone (shoulder) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner. Manu Vatuvei (ribs) and Blake Ayshford (concussion) have been named, though Konrad Hurrell and Jonathan Wright are on an extended bench as cover.

1 Cameron Munster (Norths Knights)
2 Young Tonumaipea (Northern Thunder)
3 Will Chambers (Nhulunbuy)
4 Curtis Scott (Bundeena Bushrangers)
5 Marika Koroibete
6 Blake Green (Hills District Bulls)
7 Cooper Cronk (Souths Acacia Ridge)
8 Jesse Bromwich (Manurewa Marlins)
9 Cameron Smith (c) (Logan Brothers)
10 Jordan McLean (Young Cherry Pickers)
11 Kevin Proctor (Tugun Seahawks)
12 Tohu Harris (Tamatea Rugby)
13 Dale Finucane (Bega Roosters)

14 Kenny Bromwich (Manurewa Marlins)
15 Tim Glasby (Norths Kings)
16 Felise Kaufusi (Bundaberg Brothers)
17 Ben Hampton (Mareeba Gladiators)

Coach: Craig Bellamy

Melbourne has named the same 1-17 as per their win over the Titans, with Cameron Munster continuing his stint at fullback.



1 Josh Dugan (South Tuggeranong)
2 Peter Mata'utia (Bankstown Cougars)
3 Euan Aitken (Merimbula)
4 Tim Lafai (Campbelltown Warriors)
5 Jason Nightingale (Renown United)
6 Gareth Widdop (c) (Kings Cross)
7 Benji Marshall (Keebra Park)
8 Leeson Ah Mau (Otahuhu Leopards)
9 Mitch Rein (Kiama Knights)
10 Russell Packer (Levin Lions)
11 Tyson Frizell (Corrimal Cougars)
12 Joel Thompson (Forbes Magpies)
13 Mike Cooper (Latchford Albion)

14 Ben Creagh (c) (Uni of W'gong)
15 Jack de Belin (Cootamundra Bulldogs)
16 Will Matthews (Kyogle Turkeys)
17 Siliva Havili (Manurewa Marlins)

Coach: Paul McGregor

Paul McGregor's Kurt Mann experiment is over with Josh Dugan set to return at fullback. It means Euan Aitken returns to the team at centre after a week spent playing for the Illawarra Cutters.

1 Greg Inglis (c) (Bowraville Wests Tigers)
2 Alex Johnston (La Perouse Panthers)
3 Bryson Goodwin (Gymea Gorillas)
4 Hymel Hunt (Redcliffe Dolphins)
5 Aaron Gray (Mascot Jets)
6 Cody Walker (Casino Cougars)
7 Luke Keary (Hills District Bulls)
8 George Burgess (Dewsbury Moor)
9 Cameron McInnes (Botany Rams)
10 David Tyrrell (Easts Tigers)
11 Paul Carter (Wyong Kangaroos)
12 Kyle Turner (Coonabarabran Unicorns)
13 Sam Burgess (Dewsbury Moor)

14 Damien Cook (HelensburghTigers)
15 Jason Clark (Coogee Randwick)
16 Nathan Brown (Cabramatta)
17 Kirisome Auva'a (Otahuhu Rovers)
18 Chris Grevsmuhl (Townsville Bros)
19 Michael Oldfield (Harbord United)

Coach: Michael Maguire

The Rabbitohs have named an unchanged 1-17 following their huge 42-point victory over Newcastle last Saturday. Chris Grevsmuhl and Michael Oldfield will provide cover on an extended bench.


Sea Eagles

1 Tom Trbojevic (Mona Vale Raiders)
2 Jorge Taufua (Toongabbie Tigers)
3 Jamie Lyon (c) (Wee Waa Panthers)
4 Steve Matai (Richmond Bulldogs)
5 Brayden Wiliame (Woy Woy)
6 Dylan Walker (Mascot Jets)
7 Daly Cherry-Evans (Mackay Brothers)
8 Josh Starling (Helensburgh Tigers)
9 Apisai Koroisau (Berala Bears)
10 Nate Myles (Southern Suburbs)
11 Lewis Brown (Riccarton)
12 Martin Taupau (Padstow Panthers)
13 Jake Trbojevic (Mona Vale Raiders)

14 Matt Parcell (Fassifern Bombers)
15 Nathan Green (Renown United)
16 Brenton Lawrence (Central Districts)
17 Siosaia Vave (Mount Druitt Tigers)

Coach: Trent Barrett

The Sea Eagles have persisted with the same 17 that lost to the Wests Tigers on Monday evening.

1 Ben Barba (Norths Devils)
2 Sosaia Feki (Bay Roskill)
3 Jack Bird (Berkeley Eagles)
4 Ricky Leutele (Logan Brothers)
5 Valentine Holmes (Western Lions)
6 James Maloney (St Edwards)
7 Chad Townsend (Yarrawarrah Tigers)
8 Andrew Fifita (Griffith Waratahs)
9 Michael Ennis (Wangi Wangi)
10 Sam Tagataese (Hutt Valley Marist)
11 Luke Lewis (Blacktown City)
12 Wade Graham (Blacktown City)
13 Jayson Bukuya (North Aspley Devils)

14 Gerard Beale (Logan Brothers)
15 Matt Prior (Thirroul)
16 David Fifita (St Patricks Blacktown)
17 Chris Heighington (Umina Bunnies)
18 Joseph Paulo (St Clair Comets)

Coach: Shane Flanagan

Chris Heighington has been named to return from suspension with Joseph Paulo moving back to 18th man duties for Cronulla.
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If you told me a couple of months ago I'd correctly pick the Roosters to be 0 from 3 and firmly at the bottom of the table, i would not have believed you. Warriors yes, but not the Roosters.
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Long live the Rainbows and Butterflies
I love how the roosters have lost 3 key players and the media is all - well what do you expect. The Panthers lose most of a team and its, time for the sack cleary and the warriors are whats wrong with the warriors?

I have a theory about playing with expectation. It my opinion that what your seeing from the cowboys is exactly that at the moment, an internal high expectation. As last year premiers, and a mostly unchanged team they are belting the shit out of opposition, because they expect to win. No team will be easy, every result will be after a hammering. Thats how they can come out and put 40 points on a team without going to sleep at anytime.

The warriors are the other side of the coin, their run of loses has built a team mind set of expecting to lose, and is why they allowed themselves to be pipped at the post by the tigers, instead of fighting to the death.

To me that was the game they should have been the most prepared for. They should have had a plan to fight tooth and nail from the get go, instead it appears to me they went into it with an attitude of, well its the tigers, they are heading to the wooden spoon again this year so this will be easy. But still with that mental hiccup of shit if things get tough were going to loose.

To me the cowboys have the reverse mindset, if things get tough were going to win no matter what. The GF this year could easily be a repeat of last years Broncos vs Cowboys.


Warriors Orange Peeler
I see Kevin Campion was in the coach's box with Cappy last weekend.
Are there moves afoot to include him in the ranks or was it a one-off?
Anyone know?
I know Kevin Campion gave out the jerseys to the boys. Not sure about any ongoing role but he's been out of the game for a while and is doing well with his own ventures...
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looking forward to the Parra / Bulldogs game tonight ..... last NRL season I watch no more than 10 games for the whole season far for 2016 I've watched 8 games ....but then I'm on ACC for knee reconstruction ,,,,,so no work till Sept

Jordan G

That only applies if a tackler is on him. He's more than entitled to pass in that situation.
Right now the Bulldogs can win by under 7 and I'll be over the moon(TAB bet) .....Bulldogs a great 2nd half team ..also think foran has hurt himself so might end up not coming back or playing only 70-80%