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Round 1 team list tips

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

Tigers 19 – Roosters 8

Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui has the early running in the battle for the NRL club’s No.7 jumper this coming season after a five-star display in a 19-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters. The gifted halfback showed deft skills to set up first-half tries for skipper Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before the 21-year-old sealed the match with a blazing individual effort to totally overshadow more illustrious teammates Farah and Benji Marshall. Lui’s performance was a none-too-subtle reminder to coach Tim Sheens given the man he was meant to be vying with for the No.7 jumper – Tim Moltzen – was making his return after 10 months out due to a knee reconstruction. Lui put the icing on the cake with a field goal after the siren, the Tigers claiming their first Foundation Cup in the fifth year of the clash. Continue reading

Carney aiming for Round 1

Roosters coach Brian Smith has confirmed reigning Dally M medallist Todd Carney is on track to play in his side’s season opener against South Sydney next month. Carney underwent groin surgery four weeks ago and was initially expected to miss the first four rounds of the competition. The 24-year-old will sit out Saturday’s Foundation Cup clash against Wests Tigers at the SFS but is considered an almost certain starter for Round 1 in a major boost for the Tri Colours. “Unless something goes wrong for him he’ll play in the first comp game,” Smith said on Tuesday. “We even thought about just playing him for 20 minutes in this game but he’s not quite at that stage … it’s just a little too early for him.” “We’ve still got 17 days before the comp starts and we start with Souths on Friday night so we’d obviously like him to be right for that.” “Without and mishaps between now then he’ll be fine I think.” Continue reading

Flying rookie to face Benji

A rookie with blistering speed who spent last year on the wing in the Toyota Cup will wear the Sydney Roosters’ No. 6 jumper and go head to head with Benji Marshall.Coach Brian Smith yesterday named little-known Mark Kheirallah to start at five-eighth against Wests Tigers in Saturday’s Foundation Cup at the SFS and hoped he would unearth a “little nugget of gold” who could fill in for the injured Todd Carney later this year. While Carney is expected to overcome a groin injury for the NRL season-opener against South Sydney, Smith was more than happy to let 21-year-old Kheirallah shine. Kheirallah only got his chance for the Roosters a fortnight ago when back-up five-eighth Jonathan Ford rolled his ankle against Ipswich. “Mark got his opportunity in that game without much preparation and did quite well,” Smith said. “It was one of those opportunities that was bound to happen because blokes get injured in footy. Continue reading

Roosters lose Cherrington in trial

Luckless Sydney Roosters forward Anthony Cherrington has suffered another season-ending knee injury in Canterbury’s 24-22 NRL trial victory at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday. Cherrington, who missed all of 2010 after suffering anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage to his right knee in a trial match against Parramatta, was stretchered off the field in the 75th minute with what appeared to be a similar injury to his left knee. Cherrington will undergo scans on Sunday morning to confirm what he believes he already knows. Continue reading

Roosters Update

The Sydney Roosters will welcome back Mitchell Aubusson from injury as they prepare to tackle the Gold Coast Titans on Monday night. The form second-rower will make his comeback from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the back-to-back losses. In further positive news their were no injuries threatening to sideline any of the 17 that played last Friday night. Roosters captain Braith Anasta received 20 stitches to his forehead after he collided with Cronulla Sharks fullback Nathan Gardner. Anasta was placed on report for the incident but he has since been cleared, along with Frank-Paul Nuuausala who collared the custodian earlier in the match. Forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is a chance of returning this week pending his recovery from a calf strain.

Round 1 Teams – Roosters Team named

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).

Ins and Outs

I was looking back through the news earlier in January of this year and came along an ‘Ins and Outs’ for player movements and injury concerns for this season. Mostly it was information we already knew about, but there were some injuries and their predicted returns that took me by surprise – {Bulldogs} David Stagg – shoulder (Rd 2) {Titans} Luke O’Dwyer – knee (Rd 3) Esi Tonga – shoulder (Rd 2) Aaron Cannings – shoulder (Rd 6) {Eels} Nathan Hindmarsh – wrist (indefinite) {Panthers} Jarrod Sammut – ankle (Rd 1-2) Gavin Cooper – ankle (Rd 1-2) {Rabbitohs} Michael Crocker – ankle (Rd 2) {Roosters} Braith Anasta – ankle (Rd 1) {Cowboys} Matt Bowen – knee (Rd 6) .

Now I do want you to keep in mind this information was posted early January and we all know injury times can change, but I at least wanted all coaches to know what they are considering early. How are those teams looking ? Finalised ? Changed 23 times ? Ever-growing watchlist ?

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.