The rosters for week 12 have arrived and there is little in the way of surprises. Most changes involve players coming back into the line-up after being absent, including a number of players coming back from international duty. The rosters seem to be more stable than usual this week, which may mean that the teams are set for the final month of the season. There are no new names on any of these rosters and the only potential noteworthy debut is San Diego’s Jean-Baptiste Gobelet.
1. Jamie Mackintosh 2. Dylan Fawsitt 3. Demecus Beach
4. Ryan McTiernan 5. Pierce Dargan
6. Filippo Ferrarini 7. Sebastian Kalm 8. Riekert Hattingh
9. Shaun Davies 10. Taylor Howden
11. Alex Elkins 12. Dominic Waldouck 13. Roland Suniula 14. Spike Davis
15. Zac Mizell
16. Chris Kunkel 17. Angus MacLellan 18. Kyle Baillie 19. Allan Hanson
20. Robbie Shaw 21. Chad Joseph 22. Derrek Van Klein 23. Ahmad Harajly
Taylor Howden is back as the starting fly-half and Zac Mizell moves back to fullback, but otherwise the line-up remains the same. Angus MacLellan and Kyle Baillie are back from international duty and will likely see time from the bench.
San Diego Breakers
1. Joe Taufete’e 2. Mike Sosene-Feagai 3. Jake Ilnicki
4. Ian Carpenter 5. Tai Tuisamoa
6. Bruce Thomas 7. Cecil Garber 8. Sione Tuihalamaka
9. Charlie Purdon 10. Kurt Morath
11. Phil Mackenzie 12. Andrew Suniula 13. Ryan Matyas 14. Pono Haitsuka
15. Mike Te’o
16. Brice Schilling 17. Mason Pederson 18. Epi Kalamani 19. Jean-Baptiste Gobelet
20. Chris Turori 21. Tom Bliss 22. Kalei Konrad 23. Ben Leatigaga
Joe Taufete’e, Jake Ilnicki, and Mike Te’o should provide a boost to a San Diego side that scuffled through the international window. One match in that slump was a 55-31 loss to the Aviators, but the Breakers will be hoping for a different result with six changes in the starting line-up from that match. We may finally see the debut of Top 14 veteran Jean-Baptiste Gobelet. He was set to start in the June 5th match against Denver but an injury forced a late scratch.
San Francisco Rush
1. Niko Lolohea 2. Patrick Latu 3. Fancy Namulauulu
4. Brendan Daly 5. Jeremy Lenaerts
6. Tevita Tameilau 7. Sam Finau 8. Bill Fukofuka
9. Devereaux Ferris 10. Volney Rouse
11. Pila Iongi 12. Orene Ai’i 13. Mils Muliaina 14. Jake Anderson
15. Martini Talapusi
16. Neil Barrett 17. Mone Laulaupeaalu 18. Codi Jones 19. Siupeli Sakalia
20. Nick Grass 21. Michael Haley 22. Jack O’Hara 23. Michael Reid
Coming off of a humbling defeat in Ohio, the Rush will be glad to have Brendan Daly, Tevita Tameilau, Pila Iongi, and Mils Muliaina back in the line-up. This is perhaps the most robust line-up the Rush have put out this season, with the only question being at scrum-half. Michael Reid has been the first choice scrum-half for most of the season, but Devereaux Ferris starts for the second week in a row.
1. Eric Fry 2. Cameron Falcon 3. Val Lee-Lo
4. Matt Doubek 5. Robert Meeson
6. Kyle Sumsion 7. John Quill 8. Langilangi Haupeakui
9. Jope Motokana 10. Harry Bennett
11. Cody Jerabek 12. Mirco Bergamasco 13. Nemia Qoro 14. Ryan Thompson
15. Alex Hodgkinson
16. Ray Barkwill 17. Olive Kilifi 18. Lagakali Tavake 19. Alipate Takiveikata
20. Sione Sina 21. Ronald Dwyer 22. Garrett Brewer 23. Ryan Koewler
The most striking difference between this week’s line-up and last week’s for Sacramento is the back line. John Quill and Langilangi Haupeakui return after training with the Eagles, and Kyle Sumsion moves back up to flanker. Jope Motokana makes his first start at scrum-half since week one. Other changes include Matt Doubek starting at lock in place of Sione Sina and Alex Hodgkinson starting at fullback in place of Garrett Brewer. Sina and Brewer are both on the bench.