Sydney Roosters captain Braith Anasta ($195,700 HLV) says he has overcome an ankle injury and will lead his side out for their NRL opening round clash with  South Sydney on Sunday. “It’s going really well, I really tested it in the last few weeks and I’m pretty much certain I’ll be playing this week,” Anasta said on Monday. Anasta said coach Brian Smith would give him until match day to confirm he would take the field. “Unless there’s a mishap, I’ll pretty much be playing and he’ll give me right until game day,” Anasta said.

Sydney Roosters: Todd Carney, Anthony Minichiello, Phil Graham, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta (capt), Mitchell Pearce, Lopini Paea, James Aubusson, Jason Ryles, Tom Symonds, Mitchell Aubusson, Nate Myles. Interchange: Aidan Guerra, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Ben Jones, Nick Kouparitsas, Daniel Conn, Martin Kennedy, Sonny Tuigamala, Brad Takairangi (four to be omitted).