Sea Eagles make big call on Trbojevic

Jye Gray will get another chance to shine for the Rabbitohs after he was named at fullback in place of the injured Latrell Mitchell. Picture: NRL Photos
Jye Gray will get another chance to shine for the Rabbitohs after he was named at fullback in place of the injured Latrell Mitchell. Picture: NRL Photos

Tom Trbojevic’s time in the centres is over after just one week with the Sea Eagles superstar returning to fullback for Sunday’s crucial game against the Knights which has massive top eight implications.

After easing his way back into the team at left centre against the Cowboys following two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, Trbojevic shifts to fullback with Tolu Koula (knee) out for six weeks.

Trbojevic will skipper the new-look side which sees Jamie Humphreys make his NRL debut in place of champion halfback Daly Cherry-Evans who is with the Maroons, while Tommy Talau shifts to centre.

The Sea Eagles were held scoreless without their Origin stars and a stack of injured players by the Rabbitohs in round 16, but Luke Brooks is confident they can produce a better attacking performance with Humphreys to partner him in the halves.

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Tom Trbojevic returns to fullback after spending one week at left centre. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

“It was just a bit about detail we needed to fix up,” Brooks said.

“We had a few players out and our attack wasn’t where it has been all year. We learnt a fair bit off that and we’ll get that going into this week.

“I’ve (taken on the controlling role) pretty much my whole career, so it’s nothing new to me.

“Obviously we lose a lot with Chez going out. But I’ve done it my whole career.

“He (Humphreys) is a great player. The way he trains, he trains so hard. You know what he’s going to bring to you. We have plenty of trust in him.”

The Sea Eagles face a depleted Knights side that is without Origin trio Kalyn Ponga, Dane Gagai and Bradman Best in the backline, with Fletcher Sharpe named at fullback and Dylan Lucas and Thomas Cant in the centres.

Cronulla has turned to Daniel Atkinson in the halves with confirmation Nicho Hynes will be out for two months with a serious ankle injury that he suffered at training on Monday.

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Daniel Atkinson replaces the injured Nicho Hynes in the halves after the Sharks star was ruled out for two months. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The Sharks are also without Siosifa Talakai (suspension) and Jack Williams (wrist) as they seek a much needed win against the Tigers who have lost Justin Olam to a knee injury.

Pocket rocket Jye Gray has been named to replace Latrell Mitchell at fullback for the Rabbitohs, with his teammates confident he can handle the role as he did earlier in the season.

“Our star player has gone down, but it gives a wonderful opportunity for a young guy to come in and do his role,” halfback Cody Walker said.

“He’s not there to be Latrell Mitchell because I don’t think anyone in the game can do that. We just want Jye to be Jye.”

The Dolphins have turned to Max Plath to replace the injured Jeremy Marshall-King, with Tevita Pangai Junior promoted to the starting side for Thursday’s clash.

Lorenzo Mulitalo will make his NRL debut on the wing for the Eels on Saturday, with Jayden Campbell named at five-eighth for the Titans who have AJ Brimson lurking in the reserves as he eyes a return from injury.

And Tristan Sailor will play fullback for the depleted Broncos this weekend, with Josh Rogers named at halfback to replace the injured Jock Madden against a Dragons side that has again gone with Jesse Marschke to replace Queensland veteran Ben Hunt.