General NRL 2018 Round 17 - General Discussion


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NRL 2018 Round 17 - General Discussion


A thread for all 2018 Round 17 team lists, discussions, news and views. Serves as a team list thread and game day discussion for all games through the week (besides the Warriors one of course :) ).

Feel free to add team lists as they become available people. Thank you...


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Melbourne Storm v St George Illawarra Dragons, Thursday 7.50pm at AAMI Park

Storm: 7 Jahrome Hughes, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Cheyse Blair, 4 Curtis Scott, 1 Young Tonumaipea, 6 Ryley Jacks, 17 Brodie Croft, 8 Christian Welch, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Joe Stimson, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Kenny Bromwich

Interchange: 14 Brandon Smith, 15 Tui Kamikamica, 16 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Albert Vete

In a host of changes made an hour before kick-off, Jahrome Hughes moves from halfback to fullback, Young Tonumaipea goes from fullback to the wing, Justin Olam is out and Brodie Croft switches from the interchange bench to start at halfback in jersey No.17. Billy Slater, Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, Tim Glasby and Josh Addo-Carr are away on Origin duty. After Scott Drinkwater and Sandor Earl were left out of the squad 24 hours out from kick-off, Olam and Lachlan Timm were omitted an hour before game time.

Dragons: 1 Matt Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Kurt Mann, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Darren Nicholls, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Leeson Ah Mau, 11 Jacob Host, 12 Luciano Leilua, 13 Blake Lawrie

Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Jason Nightingale, 16 Hame Sele, 17 Reece Robson

The Dragons will start 1-17, with Patrick Herbert and Jai Field the last two men dropped from the bench. With Ben Hunt, Tyson Frizell, Jack De Belin, Paul Vaughan and Tariq Sims missing on Origin duty, the Dragons have named 29-year-old debutant Darren Nicholls at halfback plus a new starting back row of Jacob Host, Luciano Leilua and lock Blake Lawrie while Leeson Ah Mau returns at prop for Paul Vaughan. Hame Sele and Reece Robson are the new names on the bench. Jordan Pereira and Mitchell Allgood were omitted 24 hours out from kick-off.


Long live the Rainbows and Butterflies
What was Aitken doing, tackling the celebrating Storm players?
i dunno, but the first shot actually showed it went on with other players as well even after that under the posts i think. Strange capitulation by the drags but shows what happens when you rely on a player who is unfamiliar with that position for long periods. Thank you nightingale.