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Dragons welcome back Weyman, Young and Fien

As St George Illawarra’s attack faltered in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, the man who looms as the solution to their woes took his first tentative steps back to action. Kiwi international Nathan Fien made his long-awaited comeback from a broken leg playing for the Dragons’ NSW Cup outfit, the livewire hooker impressing in two 20 minute stints at dummy half for the Shellharbour Dragons. While the handful of spectators on show at Melbourne’s Olympic Park may have been a long way from the 40,000-plus on hand in Brisbane, Fien’s return is a significant step in the Dragons’ finals build-up. While Dragons coach Wayne Bennett is unlikely to rush Fien back into the top grade for Sunday’s blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters, Gilogley said Fien – who celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday – was ready to go. “He’s an international isn’t he, and I’m sure if they needed him he’d be able to do the job,” Gilogley said. “He’s been training fulltime for about three weeks now – he was ready to play but they weren’t going to risk him. “I think Wayne will probably use him a little bit more in the NSW Cup.” While veteran Luke Priddis has done a serviceable job filling in for Fien, the latter’s speed and playmaking ability makes the Dragons more threatening in attack. The Dragons will also welcome back some forward power this week with NSW prop Michael Weyman available again after a four-week suspension and lock Dean Young having recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.

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IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

Injuries o’plenty from Dragons v Eels clash

St George Illawarra and Parramatta were counting the cost of Friday night’s season opening NRL clash with Nathan Fien and Shane Shackleton looking at lengthy stints on the sidelines. Fien’s injury looked to be the most serious, the Dragons hooker suffering a suspected broken ankle, losing Matt Cooper (hamstring) before the match joining Neville Costigan (shoulder), Peni Tagive (knee) and Kyle Stanley (ankle) who are already on the sidelines. Shackleton’s first NRL match for the Eels ended in the first minute of the second half when he had to be assisted off with what looked to be a serious hamstring tear, Parramatta had already lost centre Joel Reddy to a hamstring injury in the warm-up and he was replaced in the run-on side by Krisnan Inu.

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.

Dragons and Eels entertain

St George Illawarra held off a spirited fightback by the Parramatta Eels on Sunday at Members Equity Bank Stadium, Perth. 34 – 20 was the final score with the Dragons hitting the ground running in the first 35 minutes with a 16 – 0 lead, it was all the Eels after that running in 4 of the next 5 tries reducing the gap to just 2 points with 13 minutes remaining on the clock, but they were unable to keep the momentum against a strong finishing Dragons, running in another two tries before the full time siren. Both teams squads were a mixture of youth and experience, with both having their respective ‘All Stars’ sidelined. Coaches Daniel Anderson and Steve Price (standing in for Wayne Bennett) took positives out of the match with Jason Nightingale ($94,300 CTW/FB) Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV / HOK) and Luke Priddis ($149,500 HOK) standing out for the Saints, while Feleti Mateo ($252,600 2RF / HLV), Kris Keating ($190,300 HLV) and Etu Uaisele ($91,100 CTW / FLB) impressed for the Eels. “We had a few young players, I thought it was a like a furnace blast for them,” Eels coach Daniel Anderson said. “We got caught a little bit physically by the size of the Dragons but they got better as the game got on.”