Who’s under the pump in the NRL’s round 8

IT’S A BIG WEEKEND OF NRL FOR …

GREG INGLIS – The South Sydney fullback is clearly down on form, leaving many to question if he is playing with an injury. Inglis likely needs to be firing if the Rabbitohs are to turn their early-season form around on Friday night against Brisbane.

BOYD CORDNER – He’s told Sydney Roosters fans not to think he’ll be their Messiah on ANZAC Day, but they desperately need him to be against St George Illawarra. Returning after just two months sidelined by a pectoral injury, he needs to get the Roosters on their roll for when Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves return next week.

THE MATCH REVIEW PANEL – Again under fire for inconsistency in their approach to players touching referees, they will earn the ire of Penrith if they fail to charge any offending players this week. Panthers fans are still up in arms that Sam McKendry will miss a week for touching Jared Maxwell, while Johnathan Thurston went uncited a fortnight ago for a similar act.

JASON TAYLOR – Six straight losses doesn’t look good on anyone’s rap sheet, let alone a coach who entered the season under pressure. After two heartbreaking tight losses, Taylor will need his side to topple an out-of-form Canberra outfit otherwise he might be peering over his shoulder for possible replacements.

BRAYDEN WILIAME – The 23-year-old lost in all six of his matches for Parramatta in 2013, all five he played with Manly last year and went back to reserve grade in round three of this year, the same weekend the Sea Eagles won their first match in 2016. Monday’s clash with Newcastle is surely his best chance of an NRL win after 13 losses from as many games, but someone might need to give him the words to the team song if Manly succeed.

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