Reynolds set to miss Broncos clash, Haas doubtful, Keary hopeful, Naden banned



Brisbane are expected to enter their monster test against Melbourne this weekend without captain Adam Reynolds.

The star halfback came from the field during Saturday night’s win against Canberra with a rib injury and it appears his side won’t risk him for the Friday night blockbuster.

Reynolds trained away from the main group on Tuesday morning, with Tyrone Roberts filling in at halfback.

Veteran winger Corey Oates said Reynolds’ injury was nothing major, but a long-term, cautious approach appeared the way to go.

“Renno is just unlucky the poor fella,” Oates told reporters.

“He’s all right, I don’t think it’s a real serious one, if he has a week off he can heal and be a lot better for it.

“I think they said he could play on with it … would you rather him re-injure and be out for eight weeks or have the rest and heal up?”

Prop Payne Haas did not train with a shoulder complaint, although Oates expected the “tough bastard” would play through the injury.

Veteran Roberts, who’s played 156 NRL games but only eight minutes for the Broncos back in round one, looks likely to fill in for Reynolds.

“He’s been a class player for a long time, he’s done a great in the training session just then,” Oates said.

“We’ve got a massive job on our hands against Melbourne, they’re going to be hard to beat but we’ve just got to do our jobs.”

Oates was quizzed on his State of Origin chances, with Queensland needing to find a winger to replace injured Xavier Coates for game two.

The eight-time Maroons representative said he was unsure if coach Billy Slater would look for a younger option, not having played Origin since 2019.

“Coaches always have their preferences in players, I can only do what I can do,” he said.

“If that’s what they’re looking for then I could be a chance, and if not then it’s not going to affect my performance on the weekend.”

Luke Keary. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Roosters playmaker Luke Keary is hopeful of returning to the fray this Saturday against Parramatta after copping a head knock in last weekend’s loss to the Storm.

Keary actually passed his HIA after copping an accidental knee to the head but was not feeling up to a return to the playing field.

The Tigers will be without Brent Naden after he pleaded guilty to a grade-three dangerous throw charge, receiving a four-game ban.

Naden was sent off for a lifting tackle on Jake Trbojevic midway through the second half of Wests Tigers Round 14 loss to Manly at Campbelltown on Sunday.

Interim coach Brett Kimmorley says it’s a chance for another player to step up.

“Obviously, it’s really disappointing for Brent, but he’s accepted the penalty, and will do the time. It’s an opportunity now for someone else to step up. Whoever that is, I’m sure he will make the most of this opportunity.”

Team lists for Round 15 will be announced at 4pm AEST.

Round 14 team lists

Thursday

Dragons v Rabbitohs at WIN Stadium, 7.50pm (AEST)

Dragons: Mikaele Ravalawa is a chance to return from a hamstring injury for debutant Jon Reuben.

Rabbitohs: Latrell Mitchell is unlikely to be named even though he is now out of COVID isolation.

Friday

Sea Eagles v Cowboys at 4 Pines Park, 6pm (AEST)

Sea Eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans will be back after he was given a rest last week after Queensland duty.

Cowboys: Jeremiah Nanai is a chance to return from his ankle injury while Reuben Cotter will be back after being given a rest after his Maroons debut.

Storm v Broncos at AAMI Park, 7.55pm (AEST)

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen is likely to be included in the squad although a call on whether he plays will be made closer to game day after he has been out for more than a month with knee and hamstring complaints.

Broncos: Adam Reynolds is likely to sit this one out with rib damage while Payne Haas and Kotoni Staggs are doubtful because of shoulder problems. Herbie Farnworth is out long term with a pec problem so Brenko Lee is likely to replace him at centre.

Saturday

Sharks v Titans at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, 3pm (AEST)

Sharks: Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon is likely to stick with the same squad which thrashed the Warriors with Dale Finucane probably another week away from a return from a knee injury.

Titans: Pressure is building on Justin Holbrook after his team dropped to last spot when the Bulldogs beat the Eels on Monday. The three teams above his side have sacked their coach already this season.

Warriors v Panthers at Moreton Daily Stadium, 5.30pm (AEST)

Warriors: New coach Stacey Jones will need a replacement for veteran prop Ben Murdoch-Masila after he badly damaged his elbow in the loss to Cronulla.

Panthers: Ivan Cleary is due back for the Panthers after sitting out the win over Newcastle when he was hospitalised due to blood clots. Co-captain Isaah Yeo (head knock) is also due to return after a week off.

Eels v Roosters at CommBank Stadium, 7.35pm (AEST)

Eels: Brad Arthur may swing the axe in the wake of Monday’s dreadful performance against Canterbury.

Roosters: Luke Keary is a chance to line up at halfback despite failing to finish last Saturday’s stoush with the Storm due to a head knock.

Sunday

Raiders v Knights at GIO Stadium, 2pm (AEST)

Raiders: Josh Papalii was relegated to the interchange last week after Origin duty so he will return to the run-on side with an eight-day turnaround.

Knights: There are problems galore at Newcastle and coach Adam O’Brien could make sweeping changes. Kalyn Ponga is expected to play despite failing an HIA against Penrith on Sunday.

Bulldogs v Tigers at CommBank Stadium, 4pm (AEST)

Bulldogs: Mick Potter’s decision to put Jake Averillo to fullback was a masterstroke in the upset win over the Eels with the utility back enjoying his finest game of the season.

Tigers: Brent Naden has taken the early plea to miss four matches for the dangerous throw charge in the wake of his send-off against Manly.