Brisbane Broncos vs South Sydney Rabbitohs Live: Adam Reynolds will have to wait until Round 9 to take on his former club after he was ruled out of the Broncos’ Friday night match against Rabbitohs.
Fans were ready to sink their teeth into Reynolds clashing with the club who let him go, but the premiership-winning halfback was ruled out after contracting Covid-19.
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Joining him in isolation are teammates Kobe Hetherington and Tyson Gamble, leaving Broncos coach Kevin Walters several positional head aches.
Walters has handed his son, Billy, a club debut in the No.6 jersey with Albert Kelly partnering him at halfback. The two will be looking for a big performance with the most impressive player likely to partner Reynolds in Round 2.
Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou also has some head aches of his own to deal with ahead of his first game at the helm.
Young gun fullback Blake Taaffe was ruled out a couple of hours before kick-off due to an ankle injury he sustained at South Syndey’s captain’s run on Friday.
Alex Johnston will shift to fullback with veteran Josh Mansour slotting onto the wing.
It’s a first for the Broncos and Rabbitohs captains too. With Reynolds out, new recruit Kurt Capewell will steer the ship for the Broncos, while newly-appointed skipper Cameron Murray will lead the Bunnies.
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Billy Walters 7. Albert Kelly 8. Keenan Palasia 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan 14. Ryan James 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Teui Robati 17. Tyrone Roberts Replacement player: 19. Brenko Lee
Rabbitohs: 2. Alex Johnston 19. Josh Mansour 3. Jaxson Paulo 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 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. Michael Chee Kam Replacement player: 18. Davvy Moale.
Yes, Selwyn Cobbo is have a very busy night on the right wing. He just leapt superbly in an attempt to catch a high kick but spilled it with the line open. Surely he will score soon.