Late Mail: Green racing clock, Kata out of Anzac Day clash

Warriors playmaker Blake Green ran freely at training on Tuesday and is likely to return from a groin injury against Melbourne, but the side will be without Solomone Kata for Thursday's Anzac Day clash.

Green hasn't been sighted since he was a late withdrawal from the Warriors' loss to South Sydney just minutes before kick off a fortnight ago.

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney indicated the 32-year-old was every chance of playing in the annual fixture but wouldn't be risked unless he was 100% fit.

"We will give him every opportunity to be right. He worked pretty hard last week and got himself pretty close," Kearney said. "I anticipate if it's not this week then definitely next week."

Kata has been battling a neck issue but a club spokesman said he has dropped out of the Warriors line-up on compassionate grounds, with uncapped recruit Patrick Herbert named as his replacement in jersey No.21.

The Late Mail

Roosters v Dragons, Thursday 4.05pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Roosters: Jake Friend (shoulder) and Siosiua Taukeiaho (back) need to get through the side's final training run on Wednesday. Fill-in five-eighth Latrell Mitchell has four tries in two appearances against the Dragons.

Dragons: No injury concerns for the Red V following their five-day turnaround. The Dragons have won three of the past four Anzac Day games but only one of their past five at the SCG.

Storm v Warriors, Thursday 7.50pm at AAMI Park

Storm: Livewire Brandon Smith is expected to overcome a shoulder injury with the side expected to be 1-17. Storm centre Will Chambers has scored five tries in four Anzac Day games against the Warriors.

Warriors: Experienced five-eighth Blake Green (groin) will be given every chance of playing after pulling up short last week with a decision to be made by Wednesday. Rookie Hayze Perham is listed in the reserves and could come into calculations if Green is ruled out. Patrick Herbert has been named in the centres as Solomone Kata's replacement, with Blake Ayshford coming onto the extended reserves list.

Bulldogs v Cowboys, Friday 6pm at ANZ Stadium

Bulldogs: Nick Meaney (finger) and Adam Elliott (concussion) are expected to play. Elliott will join the squad for contact on Thursday after passing necessary protocols this week. Bulldogs captain Josh Jackson is aiming for his 50th win at ANZ Stadium.

Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo has been listed in the reserves and is an outside chance of returning early from a knee injury. A decision on the Tongan international will be made on Thursday. Cowboys teammate John Asiata will play his 100th NRL game.

Panthers v Rabbitohs, Friday 7.55pm at Panthers Stadium

Panthers: No late changes expected for the side, who have lost Dean Whare to a hamstring injury for at least a fortnight. Dylan Edwards is set for a consecutive week in the Canterbury Cup. Penrith have won three of their past four games against the Rabbitohs at Panthers Stadium.

Rabbitohs: Junior Tatola is expected to switch with George Burgess and start in similar circumstances to the past fortnight. The Bunnies have no other injury concerns after all pulled up well following Friday's win over the Bulldogs. Souths captain Sam Burgess has scored four tries in his past four games against the Panthers.

Wests Tigers v Titans, Saturday 5.30pm at Scully Park

Wests Tigers: Robbie Farah and Luke Garner (head knocks) will be monitored before Saturday's clash. Michael Maguire has named the same 17 that were thumped by the Eels but it wouldn't surprise if there were a couple of changes before kick-off. David Nofoaluma is pushing for a recall, along with former Kiwi international Elijah Taylor. Wests Tigers prop Ben Matulino has won 12 of his past 13 games against the Titans.

Titans: Keegan Hipgrave is in doubt with a back injury that kept him out of last week's win over the Knights but medical staff are more hopeful Kevin Proctor (hip) will play. The Titans will play their 300th premiership game.

Broncos v Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: Matt Lodge is 50-50 to return from a throat injury after being listed in the reserves. A decision on the prop will be made by Friday. The Broncos have won their past four games against the Sharks, while Anthony Milford will play his 150th NRL game.

Sharks: No late changes expected for the Sharks after last week's great escape against Penrith. Scott Sorenson replaces Briton Nikora (suspension) in the back row. Sharks skipper Paul Gallen has lost 11 of his past 13 games against the Broncos.

Sea Eagles v Raiders, Sunday 2pm at Lottoland

Sea Eagles: No changes expected for Des Hasler's side with Toafofoa Sipley filling in at prop for Addin Fonua-Blake (suspension) for a consecutive week. Manly have won three of their past four games against the Raiders.

Raiders: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is set to play after scans returned all clear following a knee scare. The in-form Raiders have no other injury concerns with Aidan Sezer set for another week on the outer. Raiders winger Jordan Rapana has scored six tries in his past five games against the Sea Eagles.

Knights v Eels, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: Sione Mata'utia is pushing for a return from a shoulder injury. The former Kangaroo will be given until Saturday to prove his fitness. Knights coach Nathan Brown could also make a few positional changes before kick-off in a bid to get the side starting with more energy. Newcastle have won 10 of their past 12 games against the Eels.

Eels: Daniel Alvaro needs to pass appropriate concussion protocols this week in a bid to play with the Sunday afternoon fixture working in his favour. Injured back-rower Manu Ma'u is pushing for a recall after being listed in the reserves but is unlikely to force his way into the 17 this week. Eels centre Michael Jennings has scored 10 tries from 13 games against the Knights.

Your club's Casualty Ward: Broncos
 | Bulldogs | Sharks | Titans 
Sea Eagles 
| Storm | Knights | Eels
Cowboys | Cowboys 
| Panthers
Rabbitohs | Dragons | Roosters

Warriors | Wests Tigers

Brisbane Broncos

  • Matt Lodge (throat, round seven)
  • Tevita Pangai jnr (suspension, round seven)

Canberra Raiders

  • Joseph Tapine (ankle, round 17)
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (knee, round seven)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Young fullback Nick Meaney has been cleared of a serious finger injury but the Bulldogs have lost out-of-favour forward Raymond Faitala-Mariner for up to six weeks with a grade two medial ligament injury suffered in the Canterbury Cup NSW.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are hopeful Kieran Foran could be back earlier than expected after making solid strides post-surgery from a syndesmosis injury.

  • Kieran Foran (ankle, round 16)
  • Nick Meaney (finger, round seven)
  • Adam Elliott (concussion, round seven)
  • Raymond Faitala-Mariner (knee, round 12)
  • Dylan Napa (ankle, round 10)
  • Sauaso Sue (suspension, round eight)
  • Brandon Wakeham (ankle, round seven)
  • Tui Katoa (finger, round seven)

Cronulla Sharks

Aaron Woods remains hopeful of an earlier than expected return from a broken foot with the Australian prop looking at a possible round 14 return.

  • Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 10)
  • Briton Nikora (suspension, round eight)
  • Aaron Woods (foot, round 16)
  • Wade Graham (knee, round 9-12)

Gold Coast Titans

Ryan James will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a ruptured ACL in Sunday's emphatic win over Newcastle at Cbus Super Stadium.

  • Ryan James (knee, season)
  • Kevin Proctor (hip, round seven)
  • Keegan Hipgrave (back, round seven)
  • Jarrod Wallace (suspension, round eight)
  • Nathan Peats (pectoral, round 15)
  • AJ Brimson (finger, round nine)
  • Will Matthews (Achilles, round seven)

Manly Sea Eagles

  • Addin Fonua-Blake (suspension, round eight)
  • Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 11-12)
  • Dylan Walker (stood down)
  • Albert Hopoate (knee, season)

Melbourne Storm

  • Brandon Smith (shoulder, round seven)
  • Scott Drinkwater (pectoral, round 14)
  • Tom Eisenhuth (throat, indefinite)

Newcastle Knights

  • Aidan Guerra (ankle, round 22)
  • Sione Mata'utia (shoulder, round seven)
  • Kurt Mann (sternum, round eight)
  • Slade Griffin (knee, indefinite)
  • Nathan Ross (pelvis, retirement)

North Queensland Cowboys

  • Nene Macdonald (ankle, season)
  • Jason Taumalolo (knee, round 7-13)
  • Kyle Feldt (groin, indefinite)

Parramatta Eels

Daniel Alvaro suffered a concussion in the opening hit-up of the Eels' first match at Bankwest Stadium on Easter Monday but was named 24 hours later to face the Knights. Nathan Brown is eyeing off a 10-week return from a pectoral injury suffered in round one with more to be known once he's out of a sling in coming weeks.

  • Daniel Alvaro (concussion, round seven)
  • Blake Ferguson (rib, round seven)
  • Nathan Brown (pectoral, round 14)
  • Dylan Brown (back, indefinite)
  • David Gower (neck, round eight)
  • Will Smith (broken arm, round 10)
  • Manu Ma'u (knee, round seven)
  • Kaysa Pritchard (personal leave, indefinite) 

Penrith Panthers

Panthers centre Dean Whare will be sidelined for between two and four weeks after being diagnosed with a grade one hamstring tear. The 29-year-old suffered the injury in the second half of the round six loss to Cronulla at PointsBet Stadium.

  • Dean Whare (hamstring, round 11)
  • Frank Winterstein (knee, round 10)
  • Sam McKendry (knee, indefinite)
  • Tyrone May (stood down)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Braidon Burns (hamstring/foot, round nine)
  • Cory Denniss (shoulder, round 20)
  • Kurt Dillon (ankle, indefinite)
  • Adam Doueihi (knee, round 10)
  • Greg Inglis (shoulder, retirement)

St George Illawarra Dragons

  • Korbin Sims (arm, round 11-12)
  • Darren Nicholls (fractured scapula, round seven)
  • Jack de Belin (stood down)
  • Gareth Widdop (shoulder, round 20)

Sydney Roosters

Roosters playmaker Luke Keary has been ruled out of the Anzac Day clash against the Dragons after copping a heavy head knock in the win over the Storm in Friday night's grand final rematch.

  • Luke Keary (concussion, round eight)
  • Isaac Liu (broken finger, round eight)
  • Ryan Hall (knee, round eight)
  • Jake Friend (shoulder, round seven)
  • Brett Morris (knee, round eight)


Warriors winger David Fusitu'a has been ruled out of Thursday's clash with the Storm due to a rib injury.

Fusitu'a suffered the damage during the 17-10 round six loss to the Cowboys.

  • Blake Green (groin, round seven)
  • David Fusitu'a (ribs, round eight)

Wests Tigers

  • Robbie Farah (concussion, round seven)
  • Luke Garner (concussion, round seven)
  • Benji Marshall (hamstring, round eight)
  • Chris Lawrence (broken jaw, indefinite)