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Preliminary last groups: Uh oh

Panthers famous person Nathan Cleary gave the premiers an almighty scare after he suffered a finger damage at coaching and was despatched to hospital to bear scans.

The Kangaroos halfback has been cleared of any main harm and is anticipated to shake off the damage to take his place in Friday’s preliminary last towards the Storm at Accor Stadium.

As the sport’s main halfback, Penrith’s possibilities of making a fifth straight Grand Closing can be severely hampered if he can’t line up within the No.7 jersey.

His common halves companion, Jarome Luai, is attempting to make a comeback after a month out with a shoulder damage.

Luai is ready to check out his shoulder at coaching this week with contact work in a bid to show his health for Friday’s conflict.

Newcastle-bound playmaker Jack Cogger has stuffed in admirably and can get the nod once more if Luai will not be proper to return.

Storm duo Jahrome Hughes and Xavier Coates are additionally pushing to make a return from damage within the preliminary last showdown with Penrith.

Hughes (calf) and Coates (ankle) sat out Friday night time’s 18-13 semi-final thriller towards the Sydney Roosters. “They’re each an opportunity,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy mentioned.

“I believe Jahrome has a greater probability than Xavier in the mean time. Till they begin working we gained’t know. Xavier continues to be in a boot. That mentioned, I’ve seen guys in boots for seven days after which they’re taking part in two days later.”

The Warriors and Broncos don’t have any damage issues for the their grand last qualifier at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Star half Shaun Johnson is prone to be on mild coaching duties once more after making it by the semi-final win over Newcastle unscathed when he made a comeback from a calf drawback.

Minor premiers Penrith pounded the Warriors 32-6 and Brisbane thumped Melbourne 26-0 within the opening playoff spherical to earn direct entry into week three of the finals.

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And so they have had the luxurious of per week off whereas the Storm and Warriors needed to get by bruising encounters to make the ultimate 4.

Knights ahead Tyson Frizell was fined for a excessive shot in the one cost from the semi-final matches so the Warriors and Storm don’t have any judiciary worries.

Preliminary finals groups

Penrith vs Storm – at Accor Stadium, 7.50pm on Friday, September 22

Panthers: Jarome Luai (shoulder) is hopeful of constructing a return however coach Ivan Cleary could delay his comeback till the Grand Closing if the premiers make it that far.

Nathan Cleary picked up a finger damage at coaching however the staff is assured he’ll be capable of tackle the Storm.

Younger centre Izack Tago (pectoral) missed the qualifying last win over the Warriors however must be proper to exchange Luke Garner out vast.

Storm: Kiwi half Jahrome Hughes (calf) is taken into account extra doubtless than Maroons winger Xavier Coates (ankle) to play whereas centre Younger Tonumaipea (head wound) may come again into the facet for Justin Olam.

Fiji prop Tui Kamikamica might want to cross the concussion protocols to play after copping a head knock late within the win over the Roosters.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 23: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors scores a try during the round 17 NRL match between St George Illawarra Dragons and New Zealand Warriors at WIN Stadium on June 23, 2023 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Shaun Johnson scores a strive. (Photograph by Jason McCawley/Getty Photographs)

Broncos vs Warriors – at Suncorp Stadium, 7.50pm on Saturday, September 23

Broncos: Kevin Walters’ facet is damage free so he’s prone to roll out the identical 17 who thrashed Melbourne within the first match of the finals.

Warriors: Shaun Johnson will likely be on restricted coaching duties however is a close to certainty to play.

with AAP



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