The Newcastle Knights have received a significant boost ahead of their elimination final against the Melbourne Storm, with the naming of star fullback Kalyn Ponga and halfback Jackson Hastings in the team. Ponga, who has been recovering from a shoulder injury, and Hastings, who has been nursing an ankle injury, are both expected to play in the crucial clash. They participated in training on Tuesday morning and will be closely monitored throughout the week. If Ponga is unable to play, Lachie Miller will step in, while Adam Clune will make way for Hastings. However, Miller expressed his hope that Ponga will be fit to continue his impressive form.
The Canberra Raiders have made a change to their lineup, with James Schiller coming in to replace the suspended Sebastian Kris. However, coach Ricky Stuart continues to experiment with Jack Wighton in the centres, pairing him with Matt Frawley in the halves. The Melbourne Storm, on the other hand, will deploy Ryan Papenhuyzen off the bench in their qualifying final against the Sydney Roosters, with Nick Meaney retaining his position as fullback. Justin Olam has once again been dropped, while halfback Jahrome Hughes is set to return after recovering from a knee complaint.
The Brisbane Broncos will welcome back Adam Reynolds and Pat Carrigan from injuries, with winger Corey Oates being left out of the lineup. Reynolds and Carrigan’s return will provide a boost for the team, while Jesse Arthars will replace Oates on the left wing. Keenan Palasia has also been included on the bench. Meanwhile, the Cronulla Sharks have named Connor Tracey at fullback for their elimination final against the North Queensland Cowboys, but are still deliberating on whether to play Will Kennedy, who is returning from a hamstring injury.
The Sydney Roosters have named star centre Joey Manu, who missed their previous match due to a hamstring injury, in their lineup for the upcoming game against the Gold Coast Titans. And the New Zealand Warriors have included inspirational captain Tohu Harris in their qualifying final against the Penrith Panthers, despite concerns over a back injury. The return of bench prop Jazz Tevaga from a hamstring injury further bolsters the Warriors‘ squad, with Te Maire Martin chosen to partner Shaun Johnson in the halves. Jack Cogger will once again fill in at No.6 for the Panthers in the absence of Jarome Luai. Additionally, Mitch Kenny and Scott Sorensen are making their return from leg injuries.