MAJOR INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS FOR THE NRL’S PREMIERSHIP CONTENDERS
Shown they have the depth to cover the loss of key players.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee – season), Mitchell Pearce (hamstring – finals week two), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (mental health – indefinite), Martin Kennedy (suspended)
One of the teams least affected by injury late in the year.
Josh McGuire (achilles – season), James Gavet (ACL – season)
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
The loss of Michael Morgan has adversely impacted the Cowboys’ ability to score points.
Michael Morgan (ankle – indefinite), James Tamou (neck – indefinite), Tautau Moga (ACL – season)
The return of a well-rested Andrew Fifita in week one of the finals could be key for the Sharks.
Ben Barba (ankle – finals week one), Andrew Fifita (club-imposed suspension – finals week one), David Fifita (club-imposed suspension – finals week one), Fa’amanu Brown (ACL – season)
Inconsistent form has hurt the Storm more than injury has this season.
Dale Finucane (wrist – finals week one), Billy Slater (shoulder – season)
Josh Reynolds’ likely return comes at the perfect time, but the Dogs may struggle to overcome the loss of star playmaker Trent Hodkinson coupled with that of first-choice hooker Michael Lichaa.
Trent Hodkinson (wrist – season), Michael Lichaa (ankle – season), Josh Reynolds (knee – round 26), Tony Williams (pec – season)
Their lacklustre form hasn’t been helped by bad luck with injuries and poor discipline.
Greg Inglis (knee – finals week one); John Sutton (leg – season); Issac Luke (suspension – finals week one)
ST GEORGE-ILLAWARRA DRAGONS
Hit by a lack of class in key areas, more so than a lack of key personnel.
Joel Thompson (hamstring – indefinite), Will Matthews (shoulder – season); Eto Nabuli (knee – indefinite)