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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 1 2017 SPORT 25 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA KNIGHTS V SHARKS SUNDAY, 1.30PM, MCDONALD JONES STADIUM Nathan Ross 1 Valentine Holmes Ken Sio 2 Sosaia Feki Dane Gagai 3 Kurt Capewell Peter Matautia 4 Ricky Leutele Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Gerard Beale Jack Cogger 6 James Maloney Trent Hodkinson 7 Chad Townsend Daniel Saifiti 8 Andrew Fifita Danny Levi 9 Jayden Brailey Josh King 10 Matt Prior Lachlan Fitzgibbon 11 Luke Lewis Jamie Buhrer (c) 12 Wade Graham Mitchell Barnett 13 Paul Gallen (c) INTERCHANGE Joe Wardle 14 Jayson Bukuya Tyrone Amey 15 Chris Heighington Sam Stone 16 Jeremy Latimore Mickey Paea 17 James Segeyaro Brendan Elliot 18 Joseph Paulo Pasami Saulo 19 Faamanu Brown Jaelen Feeney 20 Jesse Ramien Chanel Matautia 21 Jack Bird REFEREES Henry Perenara, Jon Stone TV Live Fox League Knights $3.60, Sharks $1.30 DRAGONS V BULLDOGS SUNDAY, 3.30PM, ANZ STADIUM Matthew Dufty 1 Will Hopoate Nene Macdonald 2 Chase Stanley Josh Dugan 3 Josh Morris Timoteo Lafai 4 Brenko Lee Jason Nightingale 5 Marcelo Montoya Gareth Widdop (c) 6 Matt Frawley Kurt Mann 7 Moses Mbye Leeson Ah Mau 8 Aiden Tolman Cameron McInnes 9 Michael Lichaa Paul Vaughan 10 James Graham (c) Tyson Frizell 11 Josh Jackson Joel Thompson 12 Adam Elliott Jack de Belin 13 David Klemmer INTERCHANGE Tariq Sims 14 Sam Kasiano Hame Sele 15 Raymond Faitala-Mariner Blake Lawrie 16 Danny Fualalo Josh McCrone 17 Francis Taulau Will Matthews 18 Rhyse Martin Kalifa Faifai Loa 19 Josh Reynolds Taane Milne 20 Andy Saunders Luciano Leilua 21 Kerrod Holland REFEREES Ashley Klein, Chris Sutton TV Live Fox League, Channel 9 Dragons $1.40, Bulldogs $3 TIGERS V WARRIORS SUNDAY, 6PM,LEICHHARDT OVAL James Tedesco 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) David Nofoaluma 2 David Fusitua Esan Marsters 3 Blake Ayshford Kevin Naiaqma 4 Solomone Kata Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 5 Ken Maumalo Tuimoala Lolohea 6 Kieran Foran Luke Brooks 7 Shaun Johnson Aaron Woods (c) 8 Ben Matulino Elijah Taylor 9 Issac Luke Tim Grant 10 Sam Lisone Joel Edwards 11 Bunty Afoa Josh Aloiai 12 Ryan Hoffman Matthew Eisenhuth 13 Simon Mannering INTERCHANGE Alex Twal 14 Ata Hingano Sauaso Sue 15 Charlie Gubb Bayley Sironen 16 Isaiah Papalii Jack Littlejohn 17 Jazz Tevaga Ava Seumanufagai 18 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad Jeremy Marshall-King 19 Tevita Satae JJ Felise 20 James Bell Watson Heleta 21 Mason Lino REFEREES Adam Gee, Peter Gough TV Live Fox League Tigers $1.55, Warriors $2.50 STORM V RAIDERS TOMORROW, 7PM, AAMI PARK Billy Slater 1 Jack Wighton Suliasi Vunivalu 2 Nick Cotric Will Chambers 3 Jarrod Croker (c) Curtis Scott 4 Joey Leilua Josh Addo-Carr 5 Jordan Rapana Cameron Munster 6 Blake Austin Cooper Cronk 7 Aidan Sezer Jesse Bromwich 8 Junior Paulo Cameron Smith (c) 9 Josh Hodgson Jordan McLean 10 Shannon Boyd Felise Kaufusi 11 Josh Papalii Tohu Harris 12 Elliott Whitehead Dale Finucane 13 Iosia Soliola INTERCHANGE Kenneath Bromwich 14 Kurt Baptiste Tim Glasby 15 Joe Tapine Nelson Asofa-Solomona 16 Dave Taylor Slade Griffin 17 Luke Bateman Robbie Rochow 18 Jeff Lima Joe Stimson 19 Clay Priest Young Tonumaipea 20 Royce Hunt Nate Myles 21 Michael Olfield REFEREES Grant Atkins, Dave Munro TV Live Fox League, Channel 9 Storm $1.30, Raiders $3.60 Cowboys hooker Jack Glanville doing his best to stop rampaging Broncos lock forward Josh McGuire last night Picture: IAN HITCHCOCK better for the run. Our youth girls are inex perienced in finals games and they were the ones that were really nervous and dropped their bundle, she said. But they will be right and will pick it up, theyve had that taste of finals now. All three clashes between the two sides this year have been close. Sistaz escaped with only a two-point win in Round 9. and a little bit of defence obviously we let in 12 points. But our attack wasnt there; we did everything we said we didnt want to do, she said. The girls felt it quite badly, but on Tuesday at training we had a really good talk about it and I think were back on track. We had a good feeling when we finished training. Solien said the younger members of her squad learnt a lot from the loss and would be It was the worst game Ive ever seen them play. We were pretty flat but the girls are still in good spirits. Training went well on Tuesday so well see how we go on Saturday. Solien said Sistaz attack which notched 278 points in the regular season was the area they had to revamp against Litchfield in tomorrows preliminary final. The major part was attack ROS Solien admits Sistaz major semi-final loss against Nightcliff last weekend was the worst game shes ever seen her team play, but is confident they can their fortunes around. The 12-4 defeat was Sistaz first loss in almost two seasons and came as a shock to the players, fans and Solien. We just didnt come to play, Solien said. Sistaz ready to step it up after dropping ball JACK HISLOP Melbourne homes in on another title MELBOURNE will enjoy the benefits of home, sweet home for 40 days as the club closes in on its first premiership since 2012. The Storm will potentially not have to leave the Victorian capital until the grand final. The side hasnt had to hit the road since its Round 24 match on August 19 against the Newcastle Knights. Last weekend the premiership favourites were back enjoying their home comforts as they demolished South Sydney 64-6 and are back at AAMI Park tomorrow night against Canberra. They will enjoy hosting rights in week one of the finals, when they will likely play Parramatta. If they win that game, as expected, they will get a week off before playing a grand final qualifier on their own turf. And if they win again, they will stay in Melbourne until Thursday, September 28, when DEAN RITCHIE Chambers says Storm wing duo special the players travel to Sydney for media commitments before the October 1 grand final at ANZ Stadium. That would give the Storm 40 days at home between Round 24 and the grand final. For a team that is usually on the road every second week, its a great schedule, which allows the players to enjoy home cooking, sleeping in their own beds, being with family and friends, training in familiar surrounds, and avoiding travel hassles, delayed flights and hotel rooms. As they say, home is where the heart is. Manly five-eighth Blake Green, who was part of the Storms grand final side last year, said it was just another reason why they would be dif ficult to topple. Its ideal, nice, isnt it? he said They would relish the opportunity to stay home with their families. It will certainly help springboard them into the playoff series. They are hard enough to beat down there as it is. They have worked hard and are getting everything they deserve. VETERAN Melbourne centre and Gove product Will Chambers has seen many wingers come and go but says newly resigned speedsters Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr are something special. The Storm is set to announce it has extended the contracts of the young matchwinning duo, who have been key to the clubs charge to the minor premiership. The pair scored five tries between them in last rounds 11 try romp over South Sydney, with back-to-back NRL leading tryscorer titles in sight for Vunivalu. He needs one four-pointer in tomorrow nights final round clash with Canberra to move ahead of injured Rabbitohs fullback Alex Johnston. Addo-Carr (19) sits three tries behind Vunivalu and Johnston with Canberras Jordan Rapana on 20. Theyre special, Chambers said. They know how to find the tryline and its pretty special to have them out there as they turn nothing into something. Theyre good footy players and good kids who are humble who work really hard. The Territorian is impressed by 21-year-olds Vunivalus athleticism and the speed of 22-year-old AddoCarr, who joined Melbourne this season from the Wests Tigers. Joshys just genuine pace and Suli just finds the tryline for fun, he said.