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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

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 busting for a Pearce

Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce is excited to make his first appearance for the club this year, when he lines up against the Wests Tigers on Saturday. Pearce did not play in the club’s two previous trials but says he is ready to finally take the field again. “It feels like ages since I last ran out on the field so I’m jumping out of my skin to get out there and get the footy in my hands again.” Despite only being 21 Pearce is already considered somewhat of a veteran in the squad as this year will be his fifth full season in first grade. Not content with a string of excellent performances last year the youngster has been concentrating on improving different areas of his game in the off-season. “My core strength is something that I have wanted to improve and with the coaching staff I have been working very hard at it,” he said  Continue reading

In Part 5 of Preparing for the bye rounds I reviewed Nate Myles and Jason Ryles from the Sydney Roosters after round 9.  I selected those players because they represented value for money at the time.  Now that we are coming to the business end of the season where we need to be scoring 800 to be competitive, it is probably more important to have payers, particularly forwards, who are regularly scoring 40 plus each game to support the stars that are capable of scoring high 50’s and 60’s. 

The Roosters will have their final bye in round 14 so I’ll take a look and see how these players have stacked up since round 9 and look at a couple of other players that you might be thinking about for different reasons.

Nate Miles (FRF/2RF) @ $251,200.00, averaging 38.92. Since round 9 Myles has lost $2,900.00 in value and posted scores of 45, 42 and 24 with his season average dropping slightly.  In round 13 he still had 28 tackles but only made 5 in MG and lost 9 points from mistakes.  The 24 in round 13 is now his lowest score for the season but it’s the first score under 36 since round 3 where he scored 25.  It’s not likely he will gain in value but you would still have to rate him as a solid performer and with no call up to SOO so far you should have him available for the rest of the season.  Continue reading

South Sydney captain Roy Asotasi will miss up to four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s 50-10 thrashing of NRL rivals the Wests Tigers.Asotasi, who was making his return from a knee injury, underwent scans on Monday which showed he had suffered local nerve damage. The injury is not as bad as had been feared and the Kiwi prop will avoid surgery.

Newcastle have also received some bad news with prop Evarn Tuimavave ruled out Continue reading

Mitchell Pearce out for 4 Weeks

The Sydney Roosters have suffered a major setback with star halfback Mitchell Pearce ruled out for four weeks with a shoulder injury. Pearce was hurt in the first half of Sunday’s 28-6 NRL loss to St George Illawarra, but played on unknowingly with a bone fracture. The injury is also a blow to NSW’s State of Origin hopes, with Pearce a frontline contender for the No.7 jumper for the opening game of the series in Sydney on May 26. Roosters coach Brian Smith is likely to move Todd Carney from fullback to halfback, with Carney now also emerging as a Blues possibility.

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.