Sport Sharks' Johnson ruled out of Magic Round
NRL predicted team lists: Every side's likely lineup for round 9
Injury carnage has rocked some of the NRL's biggest clubs, with the Rabbitohs and Roosters set to lose some big names. Adam Reynolds, Cameron Murray and Campbell Graham are all facing time on the sidelines for South Sydney after picking up injuries against Canberra. For the Tricolours, devastating news with Brett Morris and Lindsay Collins both suffering ACL injuries. Elsewhere, more trouble in the Dragons outside backs with Zac Lomax and Cody Ramsey both injured against the Tigers. See below for all the predicted team lists ahead of round 9. To see how your side lined up last round, click here.
After being clobbered by Penrith, Cronulla's week just got a whole lot worse when Shaun Johnston was ruled out of this weekend's Magic Round after straining his hamstring in training.
The 13th-placed Sharks meet South Sydney on Saturday with both teams hoping for redemption after the Rabbitohs themselves suffered a 50-point shellacking at the hands of Melbourne.
Johnson was all set to make his 200th NRL appearance until tweaking a hamstring on Tuesday.
The injury to the Kiwi international is a big blow to the struggling Sharks, but also presents an opportunity for Matt Moylan.
The 29-year-old injury-plagued playmaker is expected to be added to the starting line-up after returning last week to play against his former teammates at the foot of the mountains.
Coach Josh Hannay still has a couple of training sessions to go before settling on his line-up.
Also joining Johnson on the sidelines will be centre Jesse Ramien, who suffered a fractured eye-socket in the loss to Penrith.
Meanwhile, Andrew Fifita has completed his four-match ban and has been named on the interchange bench.
Stop whinging, last weekend was magic .
Magic Round promised to be the round of the year – and it delivered that promise in spades. All the teams played at the same ground on the same weekend, where one ticket enabled you to see the all the best players, the best rivalries and the best entertainment the NRL has to offer. The event surely lived up to its name and the hype that surrounded it.