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The Judiciary – It’s a busy week!

Seven players have been charged following a marathon sitting by the NRL’s match review committee on Monday. Eels’ forwards Ben Smith (grade two dangerous contact) and Fuifui Moimoi (grade one careless high tackle) headline the long list of charges, while Cowboys prop James Tamou (grade two striking) is facing a two week stint on the sidelines. Moimoi can escape a ban if he pleads guilty while the remaining four – Trent Hodkinson (dangerous throw), Jason Ryles (dangerous contact), Anthony Minichiello (dangerous contact) and Ben Cross (careless high tackle) – have all been slapped with grade one charges but will be also be free to play next weekend if they enter early guilty pleas. Parramatta have placed leading Sydney lawyer and judiciary expert Geoff Bellew SC on standby should the club opt to fight either charge. The match review committee took most of Monday to come up with the season-high list of charges.

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Todd Carney rib injury to make way for rookie

Former Dragons under 20 star Kane Linnett (Not Listed) could be called into the Roosters team for Sunday’s Anzac Day game against St George Illawarra if fullback Todd Carney succumbs to a rib injury. Linnett has been ultra-impressive for the Roosters’ NSW Cup feeder club Newtown this season and could make his NRL debut after Carney suffered the injury in the thumping win over Canberra on Saturday night. Roosters coach Brian Smith is likely to shift Anthony Minichiello to fullback to cover Carney, opening the door for Linnett to play on the wing or in the centres against his former club. Carney is expected to be named in the Roosters line-up today, but will have to prove his fitness later in the week.

Smith looking for centres

Brian Smith has most of the crucial roles within the Roosters covered with depth at his disposal, but the centres are still positions vacant and Shaun Kenny Dowall ($107,100 CTW) has applied for the job. Playing his entire NRL career on the wing, Kenny Dowall believes he is more than capable of filling the role for his club. Along with Canberra recruit Phil Graham($108,100 CTW), Kenny Dowall is expected to take the field as Smiths choice for the Roosters three quarter combination for Round 1. Being a problem area for the Roosters and Smith especially given the defensive importance of centres and how many points the Roosters leaked last year in collecting the wooden-spoon. “I’ve been doing a lot of work at training on my defence and it’s all coming together nicely.” Kenny Dowall said “It’s good to get out there and practice in a game what we’ve been doing at training and hopefully progressing as the year goes on. I played centre until I came into grade but obviously this is a different level.” Anthony Minichiello ($91,100 FB/CTW), who will not be considered for the role, also backed the choice of Dowall for the role, “He’s got some real threat at centre. He’s a strong ball-runner and he’s deceptively strong and able to break a lot of tackles.”

Tigers V Roosters – Foundation Cup teams

Wests Tigers: Tim Moltzen, Mitch Brown, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Beau Ryan, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Keith Galloway, Robbie Farah (capt), Todd Payten, Gareth Ellis, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Jason Cayless, Junior Moors, Mark Flanagan, Alan Schirnack, Geoff Daniela, Daniel Fitzhenry.

Starters to note – Robert Lui ($144,800 HLV) Liam Fulton ($120,300 2RF)

Sydney Roosters: Todd Carney, Anthony Minichiello (capt), Phil Graham, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Perrett, Ben Jones, Mitchell Pearce, Lopini Paea, James Aubusson, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Mitchell Aubusson, Anthony Cherrington, Nate Myles. Interchange: Kane Linnett, Cheyse Blair, BJ Leilua, Isaac Maliota, Martin Kennedy, Daniel Conn, Olireti Samuela, Brad Takairangi.

Starters to note – Anthony Minichiello ($91,100 CTW) Todd Carney ($120,300 FLB) Ben Jones ($102,300 HLV)

Carney could start in the halves

Estranged Raider Todd Carney ($120,3oo HLV/FLB) looks like he will get a shot at the halves when the Sydney City Roosters take on the Wests Tigers in their Foundation Cup clash. Carney who was deregistered from the NRL after a number of alcohol fuelled incidents, owes much of his positive turnaround to a last season stint in a local Atherton team. It was for this reason and as a show of thanks the Roosters sent a team north to play the locals, “He set up a few tries and celebrated with water afterwards. He’s off the drink and going full-bore.” Atherton Roosters chairman Michael Nasser said. Current Roosters Captain Braith Anasta ($195,700 HLV) also travelled north but declined to play due to an ankle complaint which also threatens to delays his seasons start. If this turned out to be true Carney would almost be a certain starter in the halves with Mitchell Pearce ($254,900 HLV) and Anthony Minichiello ($91,100 FLB/CTW) regaining his custodian role at fullback for the season opener.