NRL Teams List Under-Strength Sides

October 6, 2023

NRL teams list broncos both Brisbane and Melbourne will field under-strength sides as they rest key players ahead of their finals campaign. Payne Haas, Ezra Mam and Selwyn Cobbo will miss out for the Broncos while Cameron Munster, Xavier Coates, Harry Grant and Christian Welch are all rested by Storm coach Craig Bellamy.

Ryan Papenhuyzen will play fullback for the second time after his cameo appearance in round 26 while Fletcher Baker replaces injured prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the front row. New recruits Justin Olam and Tyran Wishart also make their first-grade debuts for the Dragons.

The Broncos

After a run of six relatively unsuccessful years under outsider coaches Ivan Henjak and Anthony Griffin, the Broncos brought in club great Wayne Bennett to restore their sense of identity. It was a bold move, especially considering that it meant leaving behind a coach that had won two premierships and an enviable list of players.

But the team is now starting to look like a contender, especially after beating the Storm and Warriors in their respective prelim finals last week. And they have a good chance to win a third straight title if they can beat the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday.

The Broncos have added some depth to their squad with the additions of winger Sua Fa-alogo and hooker Blake Mozer, while veteran fullback Martin Taupau returns to the bench. The team has also ruled out injured props Kurt Capewell and Pat Carrigan, but Corey Oates is expected to be fit for the match.

The Cowboys

The Cowboys are a team built to win. They boast a roster full of big, powerful players who are capable of running hard and playing soul crushing defence. Combined with the forward pack led by Payne Haas and Pat Carrigan, they are a match for any team in the competition.

After the 2015 grand final defeat, the club had a chance to mend bridges that were burnt with former coach Wayne Bennett and reclaim their status as the big dogs of the NRL. They did that, in large part, by bringing in Anthony Seibold as the new face of their franchise.

Todd Payten will name the same 17 that defeated the Dolphins with Zac Laybutt keeping his place in the centres while veteran centre Martin Taupau was omitted from the bench. Corey Oates was also dropped to 18th man with Jesse Arthars preferred on the wing.

The Roosters

Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson makes just one change from the team that beat the Bulldogs in Round 27 with Jarome Luai out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury. Jack Howarth will start in his first top-flight game while exciting youngster Sualauvi Faalogo gets a run on the interchange bench.

Corey Oates is unlikely to return to the side after being omitted from the squad following his failed bid to have a Grade Two dangerous contact charge downgraded. Fletcher Baker will start in the front row in his place with Angus Crichton joining him on the bench.

The Roosters are hosting a special event in honour of their female players and supporters for Women in League Round. Corban Baxter (nee McGregor) will be celebrated for her on-field and off-field contributions to the club. A number of women will be involved in activities before the game including a round-robin practice match, a photo booth and a special ‘Women in League’ jersey.

The Bulldogs

After a decade of near-misses Brisbane looked to be back among the competition’s elite. They had superstars like Corey Parker and Sam Thaiday, experienced players like Herbie Farnworth and Alex Glenn and a roster built to win. They even had a coach who could get the best out of them – Wayne Bennett.

However, the grand final defeats to Melbourne and Canberra left a bad taste in the mouth of long-serving fans. And, more importantly, a lot of their players.

The Bulldogs’ roster is deep and talented, but they need to work on their consistency and finishing skills. They also need to improve their defence, which has been a real weak point this year.

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