Broncos coach Kevin Walters has a backrow headache on his hands after Jordan Riki suffered a rib injury in their Cowboys clash.
The Dragons will likely welcome back a wave of recruits including off-season signing Aaron Woods.
The Panthers will likely receive a huge boost on the form of a Clive Churchill medallist, while Maguire’s Tigers will be without their young-gun prop.
Read on for all the NRL Team Tips for Round 4.
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THURSDAY MARCH 31
Gold Coast Titans vs Wests Tigers at Cbus Super Stadium, 8.05pm
Last week’s Titans team: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Alexander Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 14. Will Smith 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Kevin Proctor
Team Tips:Corey Thompson looks set to return to the starting side after missing the first three rounds with a hand injury, likely pushing Greg Marzhew to the reserves list.
Last week’s Tigers team: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 11. Luke Garner 4. Oliver Gildart 21. Starford To’a 19. Jock Madden 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou (c) 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. Alex Seyfarth 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Alex Twal 16. Zane Musgrove 17. Jake Simpkin
Team Tips:Stefano Utoikamanu looks set for an extended stay on the sidelines in a huge blow for Maguire’s men, bringing Alex Twal into the starting side. Jake Simpkin and Zane Musgrove both escaped suspension’s after being placed on report. Ken Maumalo will likely return after he was a late exclusion with an ankle niggle, taking Starford To’a’s spot. James Roberts will also likely be fit to play and should slot back into the centres, with Luke Garner making way. Kelma Tuilagi will also have to pass concussion protocols to play in Round 4 and if deemed fit will likely take Alex Seyfarth’s spot. Jake Simpkinand Zane Musgrove will likely be shifted to the reserves list with Seyfarth and Garner slotting into the reserves.
FRIDAY APRIL 1
Cronulla Sharks vs Newcastle Knights at PointsBet Stadium, 6.00pm
Last week’s Sharks team: 1. William Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Connor Tracey 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Siosifa Talakai 13. Dale Finucane 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braydon Trindall 17. Andrew Fifita
Team Tips:Ronaldo Mulitalo will slot back into the backline after sitting out of Round 3 due to a head knock. Coach Fitzgibbon revealed Connor Tracey (groin) and Matt Ikuvalu (ankle) were in doubt for Round 4, bringing Mulitalo and outside back Luke Metcalf into the side. Jesse Ramien escaped with only as fine for a careless high tackle, while backrower Teig Wilton is set to return to the starting side, pushing Siosifa Talakai to the bench, with Braydon Trindall likely making way.
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Last week’s Knights team: 19. Tex Hoy 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Enari Tuala 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Kurt Mann 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jirah Momoisea 16. Leo Thompson 17. Mathew Croker
Team Tips:Mitch Barnett is set for an extended stay on the sidelines after a late elbow on Panthers forward Chris Smith. Utility Brodie Jones will likely slot back into the side, returning from Covid protocols, but coach O’Brien could start him off the bench, moving Jirah Momoisea into Barnett’s spot. Superstar Kalyn Ponga will almost certainly return, taking Tex Hoy’s spot. Tyson Frizell suffered a knee injury but will likely be deemed fit to play alongside lock Kurt Mann who copped a kick to the groin.
Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs at BlueBet Stadium, 8.05pm
Last week’s Panthers team: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Taylan May 6. Jarome Luai 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Matthew Eisenhuth 9. Apisai Koroisau 16. Spencer Leniu 11. Viliame Kikau 19. Chris Smith 13. Isaah Yeo 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 17. Jaeman Salmon 18. J’maine Hopgood
Team Tips: The Panthers are set for a huge boost with Nathan Cleary likely returning to the starting side, moving half Sean O’Sullivan out of the top 13. O’Sullivan will then fight with Mitch Kenny for the bench utility role but Kenny will likely remain due to his ability to play in the forwards. There is a slight hope James Fisher-Harris will return to the starting side, and if he does Matthew Eisenhuth will likely make way. Liam Martin and Moses Leota are still some way off a return.
Last week’s Rabbitohs team: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray 14. Jacob Host 15. Siliva Havili 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Liam Knight
Team Tips:Blake Taaffe is set to be deemed fit after suffering an ankle injury, causing real headache for coach Jason Demetriou. Taaffe could play in the No.14 jersey, but Siliva Havili hasn’t put a foot wrong in his time playing as the Rabbitohs utility.
SATURDAY APRIL 2
Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos at Moreton Daily Stadium, 3.00pm
Last week’s Warriors team: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Adam Pompey 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Rocco Berry 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh Curran 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Pene 17. Bayley Sironen
Team Tips: Half Ash Taylor looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines, while coach Nathan Brown gave nothing away about Shaun Johnson’s potential return. Eliesa Katoa also suffered an eye injury should be fit for Round 4.
Last week’s Broncos team: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Albert Kelly 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Ryan James 15. Kobe Hetherington 17. Billy Walters 24. Corey Jensen
Team Tips: Backrower Jordan Riki suffered a rib injury and will likely spend time on the sidelines, potentially bringing Kobe Hetherington into an edge. Prop Thomas Flegler is likely set for a return, slotting onto the bench. TC Robati was a late exclusion for Walters’ men and could also be in line for Riki’s backrow spot.
Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders at Glenn Willow Oval, 5.30pm
Last week’s Sea Eagles team: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 16. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic 12. Ethan Bullemor 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 17. Taniela Paseka
Team Tips: Prop Josh Aloiai is set to return from suspension, causing a headache for Des Hasler. Ethan Bullemor was pulled from the starting side and could make way on the bench for Aloiai.
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Last week’s Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 21. Sebastian Kris 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Semi Valemei 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papali’i 14. Matt Frawley 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Elliott Whitehead 9. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Adam Elliott 17. Corey Horsburgh
Team Tips: Jarrod Croker played 80 minutes of NSW Cup on the weekend, signalling a potential return for the veteran centre. Semi Valemei could be the man to make way, while Nick Cotric will likely be passed fit after he was a late exclusion in Round 3, meaning Sebastian Kris moves from the starting side to the reserves list.
North Queensland Cowboys vs Sydney Roosters at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 7.35pm
Last week’s Cowboys team: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Heilum Luki 16. Reuben Cotter 17. Griffin Neame
Team Tips: Prop Coen Hess suffered a shoulder injury in Round 3, with Todd Payten sweating on scans to see if he will be deemed fit. If not, he will have a headache on his hands but Jamayne Taunoa-Brown could return to the starting side in his place.
Last week’s Roosters team: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Billy Smith 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 14. Drew Hutchison 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Nat Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley 9. Connor Watson 15. Fletcher Baker 16. Angus Crichton 17. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Team Tips: Trent Robinson’s men came through their Rabbitohs clash unscathed, but the star coach could shuffle his team around in an attempt to return them back to their best.
SUNDAY APRIL 3
Melbourne Storm vs Canterbury Bulldogs at AAMI Park, 4.05pm
Last week’s Storm team: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 19. Nick Meaney 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 23. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Josh King 15. Alec MacDonald 16. Trent Loiero 17. Tepai Moeroa 18. Chris Lewis
Team Tips: Prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona escaped suspension for his swinging arm. Gun winger Xavier Coates is in doubt for next week, meaning Dean Ieremia could keep his starting spot. Harry Grant will likely return after contracting Covid-19 but could be eased back into play off the bench.
Last week’s Bulldogs team: 1. Matt Dufty 5. Josh Addo-Carr 3. Braidon Burns 4. Brent Naden 25. Aaron Schoupp 6. Matt Burton 20. Brandon Wakeham 10. Paul Vaughan 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Corey Waddell 11. Jack Hetherington 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson 8. Luke Thompson 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 16. Max King 19. Chris Patolo
Team Tips: Enforcer Jack Hetherington suffered a partial shoulder dislocation and will likely spend time on the sidelines to recover, meaning Max King will likely slot in on an edge. Ava Seumanufagai will likely be the man to slot onto the bench.
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Parramatta Eels vs St George Illawarra Dragons at Commbank Stadium, 6.15pm
Last week’s Eels team: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Waqa Blake 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Wiremu Greig 16. Ray Stone 17. Oregon Kaufusi
Team Tips: Eels hero Ray Stone will likely spend the rest of the season on the sidelines after suffering an ACL injury, meaning utility Mitch Rein could slot onto the bench with Jake Arthur recovering from an appendix removal. Prop Marata Niukore and backrower Ryan Matterson look likely to return, with both coming off the bench likely in place of Wiremu Greig and Oregon Kaufusi.
Last week’s Dragons team: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Tariq Sims 14. Jack de Belin 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jackson Ford 17. Jack Gosiewski 18. Tautau Moga
Team Tips: Anthony Griffin will be without recruit Jaydn Su’A for a high-shot on Dale Finucane, but a wave of players coming back from injury mean the Dragons aren’t without troops. Backrower Billy Burns will likely return from a foot injury, taking a bench spot from Jack Gosiewski, while recruit Aaron Woods could return from a hamstring injury, potentially taking Jackson Ford’s bench spot. Half Jayden Sullivan is also set to return, but could miss out on a bench spot after Moses Mbye was utilised at hooker. Griffin could also move Mbye back to the No.14 and slot Sullivan in at hooker, where he played at the back-end of the 2021 season.