The Roosters' side to take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Magic Round has been trimmed to 19-men 24 hours prior to kick-off.
Tuku Hau Tapuha and Naufahu Whyte have been omitted from Trent Robinson's side, while Egan Butcher and Joseph Suaalii have been retained on the extended bench.
Originally Published: 11th May 2021
The Sydney Roosters are proud to announce the line up for the Round 10 match against the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium at 7:45pm.
In what will be the second annual Magic Round, every Round 10 match will be played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, with the carnival-like atmosphere set to provide the basis for an entertaining and thrilling round of Rugby League.
Prior to the Roosters and Cowboys clash at 7:45pm, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs take on the Canberra Raiders at 3pm, while the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks host the South Sydney Rabbitohs at 5:30pm - so be sure to get in early and enjoy a triple-header in Brisbane!
|Date:||Saturday May 15|
|Venue:||Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders kick-off:||3:00pm|
|Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs kick-off:||5:30pm|
|Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys kick-off:||7:45pm|
Trent Robinson welcomes back five-eighth Lachlan Lam and second rower Sitili Tupouniua, who have both been named in the starting side.
The Roosters backline remains intact from last week, headed by captain James Tedesco and featuring Daniel Tupou, Josh Morris, Joseph Manu and Matt Ikuvalu.
Halfback Sam Walker lines up alongside Lam for the first time, while Isaac Liu, Ben Marschke and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves pack down in the front row once again.
Victor Radley has passed his HIA protocols, taking his place alongside Tupouniua and Angus Crichton at the back of the scrum.
Adam Keighran, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Nat Butcher and Siosiua Taukeiaho have been named on the interchange bench, while Naufahu Whyte, Tuku Hau Tapuha, Egan Butcher and Joseph Suaalii round off the extended bench.
Highlights | Cowboys v Roosters
The Roosters hold a strong record against the Cowboys, winning 27 of the 38 clashes (71%) played between the two clubs since North Queensland entered the competition in 1995.
Magic Round will mark the 39th clash between the sides, and the first in Brisbane, with all prior matches being played in either Sydney, Townsville, Darwin or Gosford.
The Tricolours claimed a commanding 42-16 victory in the last meeting with the Cowboys, however, the results have been fairly evenly matched over the past decade, with the Roosters winning three of the last five matches and six of the last ten.
Roosters Members and supporters are encouraged to purchase tickets and head up to Brisbane for a weekend of action, but for those unable to do so, the best game-day experience is at Easts in Artie's Sports Bar.
With live sport and a great range of food and beverage options, Artie’s provides the best experience for any away game!
The squads to play this Saturday are as follows:
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Javid Bowen
Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt IkuvaluWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan LamFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Cowboys is number 8 Coen Hess
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Ben MarschkeHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Isaac LiuProp for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Mitchell Dunn
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor RadleyLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Adam KeighranInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Daniel Suluka-FifitaInterchange for Cowboys is number 15 Lachlan Burr
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat ButcherInterchange for Cowboys is number 16 Francis Molo
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Siosiua TaukeiahoInterchange for Cowboys is number 20 Tom Gilbert
Reserve for Roosters is number 21 Joseph SuaaliiReserve for Cowboys is number 17 Ben Condon
- Referee: Ben Cummins
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara