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GameDay Squad Rugby League: Round 14 Preview

State of Origin is upon us! Fantasy Coaches took a hit in Round 13 as seven teams faced a bye. But with that first big bye week out of the way, we're starting down the barrel of an action packed Round 14. Which stars will back up after playing Origin on Wednesday night? Will there be any upsets in the week ahead? In this blog, we're previewing every game of Round 14 and providing some insights around what to expect. Let us know what you do and don't agree with via our social channels twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.


NRL Fantasy round 14 preview


Wests Tigers V Canberra Raiders

Friday 2nd of June - 8:00pm AEST


Tigers Team News: With no more Joe Ofahengaue at Tiger Town, Fonua Pole shifts to Lock and Alex Seyfarth joins via the bench. Daine Laurie and Brent Naden remain amongst the reserves. Api Koroisau is named to back up from Origin, but with Jake Simpkin on the bench, his minutes could be managed.

Raiders Team News: Skipper Jarrod Croker has been rested, which sees Cotric slide to the Wing and Albert Hopoate lining up at Centre. Hudson Young is set to play after making his Origin debut and Matt Frawley joins via the bench.


Match Narrative: It's set to be a tight clash, but Luke Brooks' scintillating form will continue and drive the Tigers to a 1-point victory with a match-winning field goal.


Score Prediction: Tigers 15 - 14 Raiders

Top Scorer: Isaiah Papali'i - 63 GDS Fantasy Points


New Zealand Warriors V Dolphins

Saturday 3rd of June - 3:00pm AEST


Warriors Team News: Wade Egan, Dylan Walker and Mitch Barnett are all set to return from injury. Luke Metcalf keeps the No. 6 responsibilities, but it's SJ, Tohu and Addin Fonua-Blake who fantasy coaches have their eyes on.

Dolphins Team News: No changes for the Dolphins as Hamiso and Tom Gilbert will be rested after Wednesday's State of Origin clash.


Match Narrative: Big outings for Jamayne Isaako, Lemuelu and Jeremy Marshall-King will see the red-hot Dolphins notch another big win.


Score Prediction: Warriors 10 - 34 Dolphins

Top Scorer: Jeremy Marshall-King - 59 GDS Fantasy Points


Gold Coast Titans V South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday 3rd of June - 5:30pm AEST


Titans Team News: David Fifita and Tino are named to back up but could see reduced minutes as their workloads are managed. Jayden Campbell shifts to No. 6 to cover for the injured Kieran Foran, which sees a debutant - Keano Kini - line up at Fullback.

Rabbitohs Team News: Blake Taafe will see another week at Fullback given Latrell's calf injury. Jai Arrow and Cam Murray are both set to play.


Match Narrative: UPSET INCOMING - Jayden Campbell will IMPRESS at Five-Eighth and lead the Titans to a convincing win. Souths Origin stars will play fatigued.


Score Prediction: Titans 22 - 16 Rabbitohs

Top Scorer: Jayden Campbell - 71 GDS Fantasy Points



Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks V Brisbane Broncos

Saturday 3rd of June - 7:35pm AEST


Sharks Team News: Halfback Nicho Hynes will likely play the 80 after coming off the bench for NSW on Wednesday night. Big Centre Siosifa Talakai is back and will be damaging as ever.

Broncos Team News: All Origin stars are named to back up, but don't be surprised if Carrigan, Walsh, Flegler and/or Cobbo fail to take the field after doing battle on Wednesday night.


Match Narrative: With so many Origin stars, Brisbane will fatigue early. Brace for another Nicho Hynes masterclass.


Score Prediction: Sharks 28 - 12 Broncos

Top Scorer: Nicho Hynes - 104 GDS Fantasy Points


Sydney Roosters V Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Sunday 4th of June - 2:00pm AEST


Roosters Team News: Plenty of big ins for the Chooks this week - Teddy and Lindsay Collins will back up 3 days after Origin. Joey Manu has been named at No. 6 after a few weeks out and enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns too.

Bulldogs Team News: TPJ and The Foxx are named in the Dogs' reserves and could be match day inclusions if they pull up ok after Wednesday night. Okunbor looks to have cemented that starting 2nd Row role.


Match Narrative: Manu's return to No. 6 gives the Chooks a huge boost - He'll have his hands all over the ball and guide the Roosters to a convincing win.


Score Prediction: Roosters 30 - 6 Bulldogs

Top Scorer: Joey Manu - 91 GDS Fantasy Points


North Queensland Cowboys V Melbourne Storm

Sunday 4th of June - 4:05pm AEST


Cowboys Team News: Jeremiah Nanai is set to join from the bench following a four week suspension. QLD stars Reuben Cotter, Valentine Holmes and Murray Taulagi are amongst the reserves and could be late inclusions. Ex-Raiders Winger Semi Valemi makes his club debut.

Storm Team News: No changes for Bellamy's side since their Round 12 clash - Cameron Munster and Harry Grant are set to back up following Origin.


Match Narrative: The Cowboys' Origin assets will all back up, have a belter and run rings round the Storm. Drinkwater to have an outing worthy of 3 Dally M points.


Score Prediction: Cowboys 18 - 14 Storm

Top Scorer: Scott Drinkwater - 77 GDS Fantasy Points


Penrith Panthers V St. George Illawarra Dragons

Sunday 4th of June - 6:15pm AEST


Panthers Team News: No changes for Ivan Cleary's side since their Round 12 clash. No rest for the west, as all NSW representatives (Cleary, Luai, Yeo, Martin, To'o and Crichton) are set to back up.

Dragons Team News: Ben Hunt will return to the side which sees Jayden Sullivan slip back to the bench. There's no Jack Bird this week who makes way for Jaydn Su'A and Billy Burns.


Match Narrative: Dragons fans - Prepare for a miserable afternoon. The star studded Panthers are set for a HUGE win.


Score Prediction: Panthers 52 - 8 Dragons

Top Scorer: Nathan Cleary - 88 GDS Fantasy Points


Byes - Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

 


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