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Following two losses on the bounce, Northern Suburbs return home to North Sydney Oval to face the Western Sydney Two Blues and defend the Rod Phelps Cup.
Having accounted for Western Sydney earlier in the season (round 7) at Lidcombe Oval 46 -15. Six changes have been made to the starting team from last weeks loss to Manly.
A shoulder injury to Lawrance Hunting will sideline him for at least two weeks, he is replaced at prop by Daniel Solofa who starts his first 1st Grade game since round 1.
Returning via the reserves bench last week, Waratahs Andrews Tuala and Will Miller join the starting forward pack for the first time in 2019 at both Hooker and Flanker.
Hardworking backrower Garry Bautz also rejoins the back row after playing from the bench last week.
A reshuffle in the backline after knee injuries to both Nick Duffy and Reece Mauu’ which are set to sideline them for at least a week. Michael Dowsett will come in at scrumhalf after getting through 50 minutes in his return to the club against Manly and Jack Lindsay makes his return in the midfield following a foot injury from round 7 against Western Sydney.
OUT: Lawrance Hunting (Shoulder), Sam Kitchen (2nd Grade) Connor Vest (Knee), Charlie Jeavons-Fellows (2nd Grade), Nick Duffy (Knee), Reece Mauu’ (Knee)
IN: Daniel Solofa, Andrew Tuala, Will Miller, Garry Bautz, Jack Lindsay, Michael Dowsett.
Round 13 v Western Sydney @ North Sydney Oval. Saturday, June 29th 3:00pm
|1st Grade||1st Grade Caps|
|1||Max Ma’a||5 (31)|
|3||Daniel Solofa||6 (11)|
|4||Declan Caroll||12 (67)|
|5||Nick Palmer||58 (71)|
|6||Garry Bautz||44 (48)|
|7||Will Miller||58 (98)|
|8||Hugh Sinclair (c)||77 (93)|
|9||Michael Dowsett||14 (24)|
|11||Lachie Creagh||68 (77)|
|13||Nathan Russell||15 (24)|
|14||Richard Woolf||62 (83)|
|15||Connor Winchester||5 (26)|