Hamstring setback rules Moylan out of NRL

Penrith captain Matt Moylan won’t play again before the NRL finals after suffering another hamstring strain in Sunday’s win over Canberra.

Moylan has battled hamstring woes throughout the second half of the season, but it’s understood the latest injury in a new one as Penrith look to press their top four claims.

The 26-year-old will miss at least two weeks with a minor strain, and will be replaced by youngster Tyrone May in the No.6 jersey for Saturday’s crucial clash with St George Illawarra.

Moylan’s absence will be offset by the return of Peter Wallace, who has battled a hand injury in the past week.

Parramatta have also suffered a blow in their push for the top four, with fullback Bevan French ruled out of Thursday night’s clash with a hamstring injury.

Veteran Beau Scott and hooker Kaysa Pritchard have been named on an extended bench, offering them a chance to return from what were thought to be season-ending bicep and knee issues respectively.

The news is far better for North Queensland, who still hold hopes of Gavin Cooper (calf) and Lachlan Coote (ankle) being available to face the Wests Tigers on Friday.

The pair have each been named on an extended bench for the Campbelltown match, which the Cowboys need to win to keep their finals fate in their own hands.

Winger Antonio Winterstein has also been named in place of injured star Kalyn Ponga, while John Asiata has been named on the bench despite an elbow injury.

“We haven’t had a win in a month, so we are looking forward to this game and want to get back into he winner’s circle,” forward Ethan Lowe said.

Jarryd Hayne will make his return for the Gold Coast against Canterbury after missing last week with an ankle injury.

But captain Ryan James won’t play in the club’s first match since the sacking of coach Neil Henry, having succumbed to a shoulder blow.

Shaun Johnson has been named to make his return from a knee problem for the Warriors.

Kieran Foran has also been named to partner Johnson against his former club Manly.

Nathan Ross is back from a fractured back for Newcastle, but the Knights have lost captain Sione Mata’utia to concussion. Jack Cogger also replaces the injured Brock Lamb (knee) at five-eighth.

Bryson Goodwin will replace Alex Johnston at fullback for South Sydney, after the NRL’s leading try scorer was ruled out for the final two rounds with a hamstring injury.

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