Last Time They Met: Roosters v Storm – Grand Final, 2018

Ahead of the grand final rematch at AAMI Park, takes you back to last year’s Telstra Premiership decider between the Sydney Roosters and …

Ahead of the grand final rematch at AAMI Park, takes you back to last year’s Telstra Premiership decider between the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm

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The pressure that comes with being off contract isn’t new to Issac Luke, but what he’s experiencing …

Now in his 13th season in the Telstra Premiership, 31-year-old Luke knows there is no guarantee he will be retained by the Warriors. His son Adaquix …

The pressure that comes with being off contract isn’t new to Issac Luke, but what he’s experiencing this time around has nothing to do with financial security.

Now in his 13th season in the Telstra Premiership, 31-year-old Luke knows there is no guarantee he will be retained by the Warriors.

His son Adaquix and daughter Avarni have both made it clear they want to remain in Auckland, the city the family has called the city home since the end of 2015.

“[Adaquix] wants to stay close to his mates over here and has a feeling that we are going to have to leave next year, or maybe leave, and he wants to stay,” Luke said ahead of facing the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night.

“He wants to try and find a [rugby union] scholarship at a school and stay around his mates.

“My girl plays [league] as well… I don’t want to move her either, so I think I might just have to go back and play Fox Memorial [the Auckland club competition] after this year.

“We will see when it happens.”

Luke earned a one-year contract extension in October last year, but off-season shoulder surgery and a niggling hamstring issue have meant his 2019 campaign has got off to a mixed start.

He’s yet to be involved in a victory this year after missing rounds one and four through injury, and played only 32 minutes of last week’s 28-24 loss to the Rabbitohs due to a head knock.

I might just have to go back and play Fox Memorial [the Auckland club competition] after this year

Warriors hooker Issac Luke

“[My] head is all good, the hammy is heaps better, I don’t know what the hell is going on with it… [I guess] old people get old,” Luke said.

“It sucked to be perfectly honest, because I want to be out there doing what I can to help the team.”

With Nathaniel Roache back this week and Agnatius Paasi set to overcome a knee complaint, halfback Blake Green (groin) and centre Solomone Kata (knee) are the only injury concerns for coach Stephen Kearney heading into round six.

Former St George Illawarra Dragons squad member Patrick Herbert has been drafted into the 22-man squad as cover for Kata, after a number of strong performances for the club’s reserve-grade side.

“Patrick came here on a train and trial basis, so he was going to do the pre-season with us then play a couple of trial games [before] we were going to make a decision,” Kearney said.

“I thought he did really well through the pre-season – he had a couple of really good trials – and consequently he got a contract with us.

“He’s been going well in our reserve-grade team and he’s been ticking along there.”

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2019 NRL – Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers Preview & Prediction

Australia – Where can I get tickets for Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers? Gold Coast …


When is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Friday 12th April, 09:00

Where is Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers taking place? Cbus Super Stadium

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UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK

Australia – Fox Sports

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Head Coach: Garth Brennan

Starting 13: Gordon, Don, Peachey, Kelly, Copley, Roberts, Taylor, Wallace, Rein, James, Proctor, Cartwright, Arrow – Interchanges: Brimson, King, Boyd, Hipgrave – Reserves: Stockwell, Sami, Jacks, Whitbread

Unavailable: Will Matthews, Nathan Peats, Moeaki Fotuaika

  • Gold Coast lost their fourth-straight game to begin the 2019 season as they went down to New Zealand Warriors in a one-sided game with the Titans again struggling with ball-in-hand.

  • The Titans’ first-choice halfback pairing Ash Taylor and Tyrone Roberts returned to action last week but couldn’t prevent the loss and despite another injury scare for the latter during the week, he appears to have won his fitness battle.

  • The only change for Garth Brennan’s side is an enforced one with Moeaki Fotuaika picking up a suspension so that means that Max King comes onto the bench as his replacement whilst Jack Stockwell is fit again and is listed as 18th man.


Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: D. Watene-Zelezniak, Mansour, Whare, Blake, Edwards, Maloney, Cleary, Tamou, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Kikau, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: Egan, Fuimaono, Leota, Sele – Reserves: M. Watene-Zelezniak, Grant, Luai, Martin

Unavailable: Tyrone May, Sam McKendry, Frank Winterstein

  • Penrith left it late to secure the two points as they scored on the hooter to level the game with Wests Tigers before a golden point win, with the Panthers looking to make it back-to-back victories as they travel to the Gold Coast.

  • The Panthers are without Frank Winterstein due to a knee injury this week but Wayde Egan has been named after he came through the concussion protocol following a head knock last week.

  • Ivan Cleary has made a significant positional change with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak starting at fullback and Dylan Edwards on the wing, with the pair swapping positions after a successful switch during last week’s game.


Gold Coast are yet to win a game in 2019 and now host a Penrith side fresh off a win that lifted the tension around the Panthers’ camp. They rode their luck to beat Wests Tigers last week but can now look to kick on and will have too much for the Titans. They will be looking to put a winning run together and facing the winless Titans should allow them to score some points whilst building some confidence at the same time. The Titans will need to show plenty of improvement if they are to stay in the game but it is likely beyond them.

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Stat Attack: RTS finds ‘another level’ for hot and cold Warriors

He was judged the best player in the NRL Telstra Premiership last year, and stats through the first month of the new season suggest Roger …

He was judged the best player in the NRL Telstra Premiership last year, and stats through the first month of the new season suggest Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is even better in 2019.

After four rounds the New Zealand Warriors captain is the only player in the competition who ranks among the top five in run metres, kick return metres, line breaks and tackle breaks.

His running metres are up on last year, averaging 195 compared to 178, with two 200 metre-plus performances already under his belt this season.

Those running numbers are the best the 25-year-old has achieved since he smashed the NRL record for total run metres with the Roosters in 2015.

Despite the Warriors copping two heavy defeats through the first month, hooker Karl Lawton said Tuivasa-Sheck’s performance hasn’t waned.

“He’s a freak, that’s pretty much all you can say,” Lawton told

“Every week, and I don’t know how he does it, he just finds the runs, the metres, he’s always there and turns up every week.

“That’s why he’s the Dally M Player of the Year. That’s the sign of an elite player [when they can do it when the team isn’t performing].

“Everything he touches turns to gold, and it’s not because of luck, it’s because of effort.

“He’s a great captain, a good leader who leads from the front and who definitely leads with his actions.”

With Shaun Johnson gone, and a rookie five-eighth partnering Blake Green in the halves, Tuivasa-Sheck has also taken on more playmaking responsibility.

Already he has laid on a pair of try assists and is averaging more kick metres than ever before in his eight-season career, with Solomone Kata telling it’s been a new addition to Tuivasa-Sheck’s training regime.

“He does practise his play-making and kicking game all the time at training,” Kata said.

“He knows when there’s a chance to join the halves that he can jump in there and help out.

“He’s been really good man, really good … he has found another level.”

While Tuivasa-Sheck’s form has been an overwhelming positive for the Warriors in a mixed season to date, coach Stephen Kearney – who handed the fullback his Test debut in 2013 – said it presents the coaching staff with a challenge.

“Eight of 10, eight and a half out of 10, nine out of 10, that’s the standard that he sets himself,” Kearney said.

“So it’s really important for us as a coaching group to keep challenging ‘Rog’ to be even better than what he can be, and we will continue to do that.”

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NRL Fantasy teams analysis: Round 5

The key team changes and NRL Fantasy form guide for all 16 clubs heading into the fifth round of the Telstra Premiership season. All kick-off times in …

The key team changes and NRL Fantasy form guide for all 16 clubs heading into the fifth round of the Telstra Premiership season.

All kick-off times in AEST unless otherwise specified.

NRL Fantasy team news

Broncos v Wests Tigers, Thursday 7:50pm at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: A two-game suspension to Tevita Pangai jnr means David Fifita moves to lock with Patrick Carrigan to debut on the bench. Both Payne Haas returning from suspension and James Roberts (Achilles) are listed in the reserves. Cheapie Thomas Flegler at this stage remains in the 17. A shift to the edge resulted in try-boosted 53 for Matt Gillett last week while Andrew McCullough has been a touch underwhelming but is ideally a hold. Jack Bird let a big score slip through his fingers last week but is still making cash. Corey Oates’s score has plummeted every week this year but surely bottomed out at last week’s -2.

Wests Tigers: Elijah Taylor drops to the reserves with Josh Aloiai starting at lock and cheapie Thomas Mikaele recalled on the bench. Robbie Farah is the highest-scoring player in Fantasy through four rounds. Ryan Matterson (59) scored something other than 51 for the first time this year thanks to a try. Alex Twal (56 in 53 minutes with zero demerits) remains a PPM beast.

Titans v Panthers, Friday 6pm at Cbus Super Stadium

Titans: Max King replaces the suspended Moeaki Fotuaika on the bench. As expected AJ Brimson’s bench role was nothing to worry about for Mitch Rein, who has played 80 minutes in every game Nathan Peats has missed since Rein has been at the club. Jai Arrow’s round three 29 was just a blip in the radar. Bryce Cartwright’s score unsurprisingly dipped from his round three 52 partly thanks to five missed tackles but he retained an 80-minute role.

Panthers: Dylan Edwards has paid the price for a raft of handling errors and been shifted to the wing where he is a definite sell, while Dallin Watene-Zelezniak takes over at fullback. DWZ is available at a huge discount to his starting price but it is worth waiting at least a week. Hame Sele pumped out 48 in 35 minutes last week but is a hold rather than a buy. Nathan Cleary’s below-par 34 against Wests Tigers included almost no kick metres in general play due to a groin niggle but he should come good.

Cowboys v Storm, Friday 7.55pm at 1300SMILES Stadium

Cowboys: Javid Bowen is dropped with Ben Hampton moving to the unfamiliar wing role and Enari Tuala called up at centre. Michael Morgan is the go-to man in attack and has gained over $100k so far. Jordan Kahu has now eked out $43k in gains and has a little further to go but can be safely sold for a better cash cow.

Storm: Josh Addo-Carr returns but Suliasi Vunivalu is serving a one-game suspension. Cameron Munster has been the third-best HLF this year. Cameron Smith had a rare off day with seven missed tackles taking his score down to 42 but remains a top-drawer captaincy option. Dale Finucane has a three-game average of 57.

Rabbitohs v Warriors, Saturday 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Rabbitohs: With Greg Inglis still out and Jacob Gagan listed in the reserves as he goes through HIA protocol, Kyle Turner has been named at centre. Liam Knight returns from suspension on the bench. A grinding game and golden point boosted Damien Cook (70) and Cameron Murray (64) to their best scores of the year. Murray has a try or line break in every game so far this season. Sam Burgess (44) scored yet another try but still had his quietest game of the season Fantasy-wise. Adam Reynolds is putting up keeper numbers but cheapie Corey Allan (22) has yet to recapture his Charity Shield form in two starts so far.

Warriors: Reserve hooker Karl Lawton is likely to play 80 minutes if Jazz Tevaga is unsuccessful at the judiciary on Tuesday night. Adam Blair starts with Isaiah Papali’i dropping to the bench. Chanel Harris-Tavita shapes as the buy of the week after a superb 56 on debut. The Lachlan Burr train has rumbled on longer than most of us expected with $154k in price rises so far and a break-even of five this week. Tohu Harris bounced back from 23 in 80 minutes in round three with a try and 70 against the Titans. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is the top-scoring WFB after four rounds.

Knights v Sea Eagles, Saturday 5:30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: James Gavet returns with Mitch Barnett dropping to the bench and Josh King out. Kalyn Ponga’s return to fullback yielded immediate results and he is a buy this week for those with no more pressing issues, or next week. David Klemmer’s 66 pushes his average up to 57.5, behind only Andrew Fifita among FRFs. Mitch Pearce scored his first 50, boosted by nearly 600 kick metres and may be a cut-price keeper if he can start stringing scores together after dropping over $100k.

Sea Eagles: Brendan Elliot takes over from the luckless Tom Trbojevic at fullback while Moses Suli returns from a one-game club suspension at centre. Daly Cherry-Evans has a three-game average over 73, Martin Taupau has three straight scores over 55, Api Koroisau is an urgent sell with Manase Fainu taking his minutes while cheapies Reuben Garrick and Corey Waddell are both a hold for a little longer (but ideally not in your top 17).

Sharks v Roosters, Saturday at 7:35pm at Pointsbet Stadium

Sharks: Shaun Johnson is back from a quad strain with Kyle Flanagan dropping out. Paul Gallen returns from a rib injury while Aaron Woods is out with a foot injury. Bronson Xerri was encouraging with 35 on debut and looks safe for at least five weeks or so, meaning this is the week to get him if you want him. Andrew Fifita top scored round four after two slightly below-par scores. Kurt Capewell is still making steady cash and averaging almost 40 while second-row partner Briton Nikora’s price is still sky-rocketing.

Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is back from a rib injury but Jake Friend is still out, leaving Victor Radley at hooker. Angus Crichton ended up starting the past two games but has actually been named there this week and his price has bottomed out at a $160k discount making him a great pick-up this week or next. James Tedesco has a three-round average of nearly 64 since his quiet round one.

Dragons v Bulldogs, Sunday at 4:05pm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Dragons: Tyson Frizell starts this week with Jacob Host dropping back to the bench. Luciana Leilua joins the bench for Korbin Sims (fractured arm). Unforeseen injuries have helped ensure Blake Lawrie turned out to be a far better cash cow than Host, who is a sell this week or next (with a break-even of 14 it’s not yet urgent). Cameron McInnes is back to being one of the top three hookers now that Gareth Widdop is injured and he has returned to an 80-minute role. Mikaela Ravalawa’s price is trending upward after consecutive mid-30s scores.

Bulldogs: Dylan Napa made over $100k in a fortnight but is now a sell after suffering a six-week syndesmosis injury. Ofahiki Ogden starts with Sauaso Sue recalled. Jadyen Okunbor has a break-even of -22 but has already made $92k while his centre partner Kerrod Holland is coming off a 73. Lachlan Lewis still looks a keeper despite a season-low 43 while Nick Meaney has now scored 34 and 45. Josh Jackson is averaging 55 since moving from an edge to the middle. Aiden Tolman’s minutes were inflated by the Napa injury but he has proven an astute buy thus far.

Raiders v Eels, Sunday at 6:10pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Joe Tapine returns from a thumb injury replacing Corey Horsburgh on the bench in the only change. John Bateman scored ‘only’ 52 last week. The ‘Leipana’ combo was firing with Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana each passing 50 against the Cowboys in round four. Nick Cotric is currently available at a $117k discount on his starting price and coming off 40 – his best score of the year so far boosted by his first try.

Eels: Unchanged. Shaun Lane’s scores are on the slide and he is probably a sell. Mitch Moses racked up 80 in a dominant performance against the Sharks and his only sub-50 score this year was against the Roosters. The injury to Dylan Brown, which moved Jaeman Salmon to five-eighth, didn’t help Salmon much with just 21 points in 80 minutes. However Reed Mahoney benefitted from the four-forward bench with 52 in 80 minutes. Blake Ferguson is alternating great scores with mediocre ones. Marata Niukore is up $89k so far.

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