Tuesday 1 October 2013

#NRLGF 2013: Grand Final Teams and Analysis

NRL Grand Final Teams

2013 NRL Premiership Grand Final

By W D Nicolson - October 1, 2013

Grand Final Team Analysis

Here are the Grand Final Teams as named on Tuesday afternoon - with www.wdnicolson.com's selection and injury analysis.

Our Teams now feature the  + Injured List for each team from the list of players potentially available for the Finals (so players with season ending injuries are not listed) - with a  Likely  or  Unlikely  designation for every player carrying an ailment.

 TEAMS NAMED:  Sea Eagles at 2:40pm ... Roosters at 5:30pm

SUNDAY October 6 at ANZ Stadium | Kick-off 7:20pm

Anthony Minichiello (c)
Daniel Tupou
Michael Jennings
Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
James Maloney
Mitchell Pearce
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Jake Friend
Sam Moa
Aidan Guerra
Sonny-Bill Williams
Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Bench: Daniel Mortimer, Mitchell Aubusson, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.
 # Team Changes: The Roosters resist bringing back Boyd Cordner or Luke O'Donnell (at least in the named squad) and given the way Liu and Napa played in the Preliminary Final it is hard to second guess Trent Robinson too much. But O'Donnell in particular is in their best 17 and if his hamstring is fine - I think he'll still feature on the final bench. Cordner not so sure.
 + Injured List: A Minichiello (Knee - Likely), R Tuivasa-Sheck (Ankle - Likely), M Kennedy (Leg - Likely), M Aubusson (Head - Likely), L O'Donnell (Hamstring - Possibly) B Cordner (Ankle - Possibly).

Brett Stewart
Jorge Taufua
Jamie Lyon (c)
Steve Matai
David Williams
Kieran Foran
Daly Cherry-Evans
Brenton Lawrence
Matt Ballin
Brent Kite
Anthony Watmough
Justin Horo
Glenn Stewart
Bench: David Gower, Jamie Buhrer, Tom Symonds, George Rose, James Hasson, Peta Hiku.
Unavailable: Richie Fa'aoso, Jason King, Joe Galuvao.
 # Team Changes: Manly pick David Gower to replace Richie Fa'aoso on the bench but Peta Hiku may still feature as neither Gower or Hasson are likely to play next to no minutes anyway. Everyone should be fine with Brett Stewart getting through his comeback last weekend with no problems and the same went for Jamie Buhrer and his rib problem.
 + Injured List: B Stewart (Hamstring - Likely), A Watmough (Knee - Likely), D Williams (Back - Likely), B Kite (Arm - Likely), S Matai (Hand - Likely), T Symonds (Thumb - Likely), B Lawrence (Back - Likely), J Buhrer (Ribs - Likely), R Fa'aoso (Neck - OUT).