MERRY LISTMAS! It’s the greatest day of the year for NRL fans and KFC SuperCoaches, the first Team List Tuesday of the season.
You can check out our predicted Round One teams here, check out our prognostications for the Cheapie class of 2021 here and Rob is here to answer your pre-TLT selection questions all day below.
Join the conversation by firing in questions via the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer them in what is sure to prove a very busy day!
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STORM V RABBITOHS
Thursday 11 March, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 8.05pm (AEDT)
1 Ryan Papenhuyzen, 2 George Jennings, 3 Reimis Smith, 4 Justin Olam, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Jahrome Hughes, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Brandon Smith, 10 Christian Welch, 11 Felise Kaufusi,12 Kenneath Bromwich, 13 Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Bench: 14. Chris Lewis 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicho Hynes
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: KFC SuperCoaches have lost a cheapie in Dean Ieremia. He was in the running for a Melbourne wing spot following the injury to Brenko Lee (hamstring) after winning a slot for the final trial, but has been replaced by the more experienced George Jennings for round one. Reimis Smith scores Lee’s centre spot and looms as a serious mid-range buy in the backline. Christian Welch starts at prop, while Nelson Asofa-Solomona is an intriguing choice at lock for the injured Dale Finucane (calf, round six). With Harry Grant sidelined by a medial ligament strain, Brandon Smith starts at hooker.
1 Latrell Mitchell, 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Dane Gagai, 4 Campbell Graham, 5 Josh Mansour, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Tom Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 Tevita Tatola, 11 Jacob Host, 12 Jaydn S’ua, 13 Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Benji Marshall 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Keaon Koloamantangi 17. Jai Arrow
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Back rower Jaydn Su’A is a key inclusion after he failed to play in the final trial due to injury. Even with Su’A back, Jacob Host scores a starting edge spot and comes into KFC SuperCoach calculations. Josh Mansour scores a wing spot ahead of Jaxson Paulo in a reversal from the final trial. Jai Arrow and Benji Marshall will make their club debuts.
KNIGHTS V BULLDOGS
Friday 12 March, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, 6pm (AEDT)
1 Tex Hoy, 2 Starford To’a, 3 Enari Tuala, 4 Bradman Best, 5 Gehamat Shibasaki, 6 Kurt Mann, 7 Mitchell Pearce, 8 David Klemmer, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Daniel Saifiti, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Mitch Barnett, 13 Connor Watson
Bench: 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Newcastle start with a number of players on the injury list with Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder), Blake Green (ACL), Edrick Lee (foot), Jirah Momoisea (Achilles) and Kalyn Ponga (shoulder) all unavailable. Kurt Mann and Mitch Barnett both missed the final trial due to personal reasons, but come into the squad with Mann partnering Mitchell Pearce in the halves and Barnett starting on the left edge. As expected, Connor Watson scores the lock spot and is therefore hot property for KFC SuperCoach. Tex Hoy wins the fullback and goal kicking roles from the injured Ponga.
1 Corey Allan, 2 Nick Meaney, 3 Will Hopoate, 4 Nick Cotric, 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Jake Averillo, 7 Kyle Flanagan, 8 Ofahiki Ogden, 9 Sione Katoa, 10 Jack Hetherington, 11 Adam Elliott, 12 Corey Waddell, 13 Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Renouf Atoni 16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 17. Dylan Napa
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Unknown hooker Bradley Deitz is a shock inclusion on the bench with Sione Katoa to start and Jeremy Marshall-King (foot) a week away. Dylan Napa (knee), Jake Averillo (elbow), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (ankle) and Nick Cotric (ankle) have all been named despite pre-season injury concerns. Star recruits Kyle Flanagan and Corey Allan make their club debuts.
BRONCOS V EELS
Friday 12 March, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, 8.05pm (AEDT)
1 Jamayne Isaako, 2 Xavier Coates, 3 Herbie Farnworth, 4 Tesi Niu, 5 David Mead, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Brodie Croft, 8 Tevita Pangai Jnr, 9 Jake Turpin, 10 Matthew Lodge, 11 Alex Glenn, 12. Jordan Riki, 13 Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. John Asiata, 15. Tom Flegler, 16. Ethan Bullemor, 17. Ben Te’o
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Coach Kevin Walters has dropped the first selection bombshell of his career with Tom Dearden axed as halfback in favour of Brodie Croft. Brisbane also welcome back Herbie Farnworth (chest) and Anthony Milford (thumb) who both missed the final trial. Tom Flegler has been named despite suffering a shoulder injury in the trial and will have to prove his fitness. David Mead wins the left wing position ahead of Richie Kennar. With Corey Paix snubbed for a bench role, Jake Turpin could play 80 minutes at hooker. Corey Oates has been dropped altogether and will play Queensland Cup. Jordan Riki is a huge inclusion for KFC SuperCoaches after scoring the edge back row spot of David Fifita (Titans).
1 Clint Gutherson, 2 Maika Sivo, 3 Tom Opacic, 4 Waqa Blake, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Dylan Brown, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9 Reed Mahoney, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Shaun Lane, 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Oregon Kaufusi, 15. Isiah Papali’i, 16. Keegan Hipgrave, 17. Will Smith
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: As predicted, with Marata Niukore missing due to suspension. However, expect to see a major switch up from 2020 with Mitchell Moses and Ryan Matterson changing over to the left edge, with Shaun Lane and Dylan Brown switching over to the right. Tom Opacic wins the vacant left centre position of Michael Jennings (provisional suspension).
WARRIORS V TITANS
Saturday 13 March, Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast, 3pm (AEDT)
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu’a, 3. Euan Aitken, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wade Egan, 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 11. Eliesa Katoa, 12. Bailey Sironen, 13. Tohu Harris
Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 16. Leeson Ah Mau, 17. Bunty Afoa, 18. Adam Pompey 20. Sean O’Sullivan, 21. Tom Ale 22, Josh Curran
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Huge news for the Warriors with hooker Wayde Egan (elbow) and backrower Eliesa Katoa (cheekbone) cleared of injury and named to start. Unfortunately for KFC SuperCoaches, Bayley Sironen has scored the edge back row spot ahead of Ben Murdoch-Masila. David Fusitu’a returns on the wing after missing most of last year due to family reasons. Euan Aitken, Addin Fonua-Blake, Bayley Sironen and Murdoch-Masila make their club debuts.
1 AJ Brimson, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Brian Kelly, 4 Patrick Herbert, 5 Corey Thompson, 6 Ash Taylor, 7 Jamal Fogarty, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Mitch Rein, 10 Mo Fotuaika, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 David Fifita, 13 Tino Fa’asuamaleui
Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone, 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin-Wayne Clark
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Fully fit squad. Star recruits David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui make their club debuts. Corey Thompson wins a wing spot ahead of Queensland Origin player Philip Sami. AJ Brimson has been named in the No. 1 after returning in the final trial to play 40 minutes at fullback, having recovered from a foot injury suffered in Origin.
ROOSTERS V SEA EAGLES
Saturday 13 March, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, 5.30pm (AEDT)
1 James Tedesco, 2 Daniel Tupou, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Joey Manu, 5 Brett Morris, 6 Lachlan Lam, 7 Luke Keary, 8 Lindsay Collins, 9 Jake Friend, 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11 Angus Crichton, 12 Sitili Tupouniua, 13 Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Adam Keighran, 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 16. Nat Butcher 17. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Lachlan Lam has won the halfback role as expected but there’s some surprises for the Roosters too. Lindsay Collins has ousted Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from the starting side with JWH joined on the bench by the promising bullock Daniel Suluka-Fifita. New recruit Adam Keighran wins the utility 14 jersey and you would expect he’ll take the kicks at goal when on the field.
1 Dylan Walker, 2 Jason Saab, 3 Brad Parker, 4 Moses Suli, 5 Reuben Garrick, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Josh Aloiai, 9 Lachlan Croker, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Jack Gosiewski, 12 Curtis Sironen, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Tevita Funa, 15. Andrew Davey, 16.Morgan Boyle, 17. Taniela Paseka
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Dylan Walker is the man to fill Tommy Trbojevic’s large boots at fullback and at just $300K he must be an option now. Andrew Davey has not won a starting role but is to come off the bench, you can put a line through him and Jack Gosiewski I feel. Cheapie winger Jason Saab is named to start while Reben Garrick held on to his spot and would, I imagine take the shots at goal which is a blow to Cherry-Evans owners.
PANTHERS V COWBOYS
Saturday 13 March, Panthers Stadium, Penrith, 7.35pm (AEDT)
1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Charlie Staines, 3 Paul Momirovski, 4 Stephen Crichton, 5 Brian To’o, 6 Jarome Luai, 7 Nathan Cleary, 8 Moses Leota, 9 Api Koroisau, 10 James Fisher-Harris, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Kurt Capewell, 13 Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu, 16. Matt Eisenhuth, 17 Liam Martin
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: No shocks in the backline with Paul Momirovski at centre and the most popular player in the game, Charlie Staines, on a wing. Liam Martin was superb on the right edge last year but he has lost his spot to Kurt Capewell with Martin moving to the bench where he is expected to play through the middle. Cheapie FRF Spencer Leniu will compete for bench minutes with Martin and Eisenhuth. It doesn’t put a line through im but does hurt his capacity to make money fast.
1 Scott Drinkwater, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Esan Marsters,, 4 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 5 Valentine Holmes, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Jake Clifford, 8 Francis Molo, 9 Reece Robson, 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Mitchell Dunn, 12 Coen Hess,, 13 Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Josh McGuire 16. Corey Jensen 17. Reuben Cotter
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: As predicted, Val Holmes has lost the battle to wear the number one jersey and will start on the wing with Drinkwater in jersey number one. Francis Molo starts at prop relegating Josh McGuire to the bench while Mitch Dunn partners Coen Hess in the second row. The bench is…interesting…with Jake Granville there as reserve hooker and Reuben Cotter, a hooker, named as a back up to lock Jason Taumalolo.
RAIDERS V TIGERS
Sunday 14 March, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 4.05pm (AEDT)
1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2 Bailey Simonsson, 3 Sebastian Kris, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Jack Wighton, 7 George Williams, 8 Josh Papalii,, 9 Josh Hodgson, 10 Dunamis Lui, 11 Hudson Young, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Joseph Tapine
Bench: 14. Saliva Havili 15. Ryan Sutton, 16. Sia Soliola, 17. Ryan James, 18. Sam Williams, 19. Tom Starling, 20. Emre Guler 21. Harley Smith-Shields
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: Bailey Simonsson will be pitchforked into plenty of teams after the cheapie was named on the wing. Sebastian Kris is starting at centre but don’t be sucked in as Croker is not too far away. Ryan James named on the bench but will struggle to make much money there.
1 Daine Laurie, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 James Roberts, 4 Joey Leilua, 5 Asu Kepaoa, 6 Moses Mbye, 7 Luke Brooks, 8 James Tamou, 9 Jacob Liddle, 10 Joe Ofahengaue, 11 Luke Garner, 12 Luciano Leilua, 13 Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Tommy Talau 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Stefano Utoikamanu 17. Russell Packer
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: We knew it was coming but it’s nice to see Daine Laurie named to start at fullback. He and teammate James Roberts will be CTW cheapies in a majority of teams. Jacob Liddle’s stocks have soared with no utility named, but beware as the return of Adam Douehi (suspended till Rd 2) could well see moses Mbye take that role in round 2. Three props on the bench which does not bode well for the minutes of rookie darling Stefano Utoikamanu.
DRAGONS V SHARKS
Sunday 14 March, Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney, 6.15pm (AEDT)
1 Matt Dufty, 2 Cody Ramsey, 3 Jack Bird, 4 Zac Lomax, 5 Mikaele Ravalawa, 6 Adam Clune, 7 Ben Hunt, 8 Blake Lawrie, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Josh Kerr, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Tyrell Fuimaono
Bench: 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Trent Merrin 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Brayden Wiliame SUPERCOACH COMMENT: New recruits Jack Bird (centre) and Andrew McCullough (hooker) named to start but neither are SC relevant. Josh Kerr has moved to an edge but his $370K price is awkward. SuperCoaches will be interested in Tyrell Fuimaono at lock though – could be a genuine cheapie if he holds that spot. Whispers that Poasa Faamausili would start have proved wrong and the former Rooster is instead on the bench.
1 Will Kennedy, 2 Sione Katoa, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Jesse Ramien, 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6 Matt Moylan, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele, 9 Blayke Brailey, 10 Aaron Woods, 11 Briton Nikora, 12 Wade Graham, 13 Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Connor Tracey 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Jack Williams 17. Billy Magoulias
SUPERCOACH COMMENT: We all expected it but it’s nice to see Matt Moylan has made it this far named to start at five-eighth. Connor Tracey was going to be the cheapie HFB we all needed if named at fullback but that’s come to naught with Tracey instead filing the utility role on the bench. Andrew Fifita has fallen far with the one time Origin star failing to even hold a spot on the bench and instead named in the reserves.
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