Roosters and Souths stick with line-ups
ROOSTERS coach Trent Robinson has placed faith in his tried and tested troops for Friday night's minor premiership decider against the Rabbitohs, despite two losses and the 62 points scored against them in the past two weeks.
Apart from injured winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Robinson has named an unchanged side for the monumental clash with the Rabbitohs.
His Souths counterpart, Michael Maguire, has followed an identical path. He named the same 17 that beat the Tigers last weekend, including the four Burgess brothers.
With two berths in the top eight still available and four teams in the hunt, six of the eight matches in round 26 could have a bearing on the finals configuration.
The Titans had some good news on the eve of their must-win clash against the Storm in Melbourne, with co-captain Nate Myles cleared of syndesmosis.
However, he remains in doubt for the 5.30pm Saturday clash, which the Titans must win, and hope that either the Knights or Cowboys lose.
Both the Titans and Storm have named unchanged line-ups for the match.
In a blow to the Cowboys' chances of winning - and retaining eighth spot and a final berth - Test prop Matt Scott has been ruled out with a broken finger.
His replacement is Scott Bolton, with Ashton Sims returning from suspension and named on the bench.
The Tigers have added Sauaso Sue to the team beaten by the Rabbitohs last week, in their only change for the clash in Townsville on Saturday night.
In a match against the Eels that Newcastle must win to remain in seventh spot, coach Wayne Bennett has not named a specialist dummy half to cover for the loss of skipper Kurt Gidley.
Jeremy Smith returns from injury and Tyrone Roberts will start at halfback.
Following their win on Monday night, the Eels have not named Jarryd Hayne, but the champion fullback may still play.
Stand-in Raiders coach Andrew Dunemann has named his third halfback in three weeks, with NYC skipper Mitch Cornish to wear No.7 against the Sharks in Canberra on Sunday.
Anthony Milford is back at fullback and Reece Robinson on the wing.
The Sharks, missing Paul Gallen through suspension and Jayson Bukuya and Wade Graham to injury, will be hoping five-eighth Todd Carney is fit to play.
The Sea Eagles will go in to Sunday's clash with the Panthers at Brookvale Oval without Brett Stewart, Jamie Buhrer, Anthony Watmough and Jorge Taufua.
Peta Hiku will play fullback and the versatile Tom Symonds moves to the wing.
Brad Tighe returns for the Panthers, Lewis Brown is back in the second row and Clint Newton moves to the bench.
Sam Kasiano returns for the Bulldogs against an unchanged Broncos side at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night, and the Dragons and Warriors meet on Saturday afternoon in Wollongong with Dane Nielsen back for the Kiwis.