The much anticipated NRL All Stars game between the Indigenous and Maori All Stars will kick-off tonight at 8:10PM (AEDT). Here’s a few factors to keep an eye out on throughout the game…
LATRELL MITCHELL AT FULLBACK
Latrell Mitchell will take the field for the Indigenous All Stars in the fullback jersey.
The Rabbitohs’ new signing has not consistently played in the fullback role since 2016, however will be South Sydney’s number one for the foreseeable future.
Tonight we get our first taste of how he will re-adjust to the role.
LESSER KNOWN PLAYERS ON THE BIG STAGE
The likes of Christopher Smith, Joshua Curran, Jordan Riki and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown aren’t exactly household names as of yet, however have been given an enormous opportunity to prove themselves in the All Stars game.
Are we about to unearth some stars tonight?
CAN TYRONE ROBERTS WIN BACK TO BACK MAN OF THE MATCH HONOURS?
Tyrone Roberts may not have gone on to have an amazing season in 2019, however to the surprise of many was by far the standout player in the 2019 All Stars game last year, going on to take home player of the game honours.
Roberts will be back in the game controlling half role for the Indigenous All Stars tonight, can he deliver.
— NRL (@NRL) February 21, 2020
EXACTLY WHAT ROLE WILL KALYN PONGA PLAY?
Kalyn Ponga is named to start for the Maori All Stars at fullback with Melbourne Storm player Jahrome Hughes at five-eighth, however both players can play in the opposite position.
We may see a mid game switch for Ponga and Hughes if things aren’t playing out well for the Maori All Stars. Will we see Ponga play in a more traditional fullback role or one where he is more involved, almost like a third half?
No matter what, eyes will be on Kalyn Ponga tonight as he could be the man to win this game for the Maori All Stars.
THE 2020 ALL-STARS LINEUPS
Indigenous All Stars: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Joshua Addo-Carr 3. James Roberts, 4. Jack Wighton, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Alexander Johnston, 7. Tyrone Roberts, 8. Josh Kerr, 9. Nathan Peats, 10. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 11. Wade Graham, 12. David Fifita, 13. Tyrone Pechey. Interchange: 14. Joshua Curran, 15. Christopher Smith, 16. Tyrell Fuimaono, 17. Connor Watson, 18. Joel Thompson, 19. Jesse Ramien, 20. Zac Saddler
Maori All Stars: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Esan Marsters-Siavale, 4. Brad Takairangi, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Jahrome Hughes, 7. Kodi Nikorima, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Adam Blair, 11. Kenneath Bromwich, 12. Kevin Proctor, 13. Zane Tetevano. Interchange: 14. Issac Luke, 15. Jordan Riki, 16. Corey Harwaira-Naera, 17. Bryson Goodwin, 18. Briton Nikora, 19. Dylan Walker, 20. Pasami Saulo