NSW coach Laurie Daley finally had something to smile about after a horrid start to the week with Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah returning from an elbow dislocation against the Sharks at Remondis Stadium on Saturday.
With question marks hanging over halfback Mitchell Pearce (nightclub arrest), Andrew Fifita (ankle) and Greg Bird (suspension) Daley had been sweating on some good new and the Tigers provided it by naming Farah in their line-up.
Brisbane dropped its second selection bombshell within as many weeks with coach Anthony Griffin dumping expensive off-season recruit Martin Kennedy to the Queensland Cup with Ben Hannant back on the bench after serving his penance for reportedly giving a young team-mate advice on contract values.
Despite training with his new teammates this week star Dragons recruit Benji Marshall was not named in coach Steve Price's squad of 17 for the clash with the in-form Eels at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday.
Dragons representative winger Jason Nightingale returns for Nathan Green while in the forwards Will Matthews replaces Mike Cooper on the bench, and Leeson Ah Mau starts in place of Dan Hunt.
The Dragons were out muscled in their 38-6 thrashing to the Bulldogs on Sunday in a performance blasted by under-fire coach Price as "soft".
Meanwhile the slick Cowboys will welcome back Antonio Winterstein, Ray Thompson and Tariq Sims from injury against the defending premiers Sydney Roosters in Townsville on Saturday night high on confidence after beating Brisbane convincingly.
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