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Eric Grothe axed after Broncos shocker

03/06/2008 07:41:10 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta winger Eric Grothe has paid the price for his shocker against Brisbane, being dumped for Saturday night's home game against Canberra.

Grothe has been replaced by 19-year-old Toyota Cup star Tony Williams, who will make his NRL debut just a week after angering Eels officials by agreeing to terms with rivals Manly for the next three seasons.

Grothe endured a horror night at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night with opposite number Denan Kemp scoring four tries down his side of the field.

The eccentric winger, who was continually caught out of position in defence, won't get much of an opportunity to work on his game with Parramatta's Jim Beam Cup feeder side enjoying the bye.

"There are parts of Eric's game that we have asked him to work on and we feel we haven't seen the necessary improvement from him," Eels coach Michael Hagan said.

"It is a shame for him that Wentworthville have the bye this week in the NSW Cup, but we hope that taking some time to think about things will bring the desired result."

Krisnan Inu will move from the wing to the centres to replace Jarryd Hayne, who will attempt to get a dangerous throw charge downgraded at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night after being named in the NSW side for State of Origin II.

Meanwhile, boom youngsters Joseph Tomane and Sam Joe will make their NRL debuts in the Melbourne backline in Monday's clash against the Gold Coast Titans.

With the Storm again missing nine players for Origin II, coach Craig Bellamy has named an expanded 20-man squad for the match at Skilled Park.

The Storm also have to cover for promising centre Will Chambers, who suffered a season-ending knee injury at training last Friday.

Backrower Jeremy Smith will partner Tomane in the centres, with Joe to also make his NRL debut on the wing.

Tomane has been compared to second-year sensation Israel Folau, one of six Storm players in Mal Meninga's Queensland squad for Origin II.

The other Storm wing berth goes to Brett Anderson, with Steve Turner to again deputise for Billy Slater at fullback.

Veteran utility Matt Geyer takes Cameron Smith's place at hooker, while Russ Aitken stands in for Greg Inglis at five-eighth.

South Sydney coach Jason Taylor also wielded the axe, with Nigel Vagana, Dean Widders and Shannon Hegarty all left out of the side to face New Zealand on Friday.

Taylor has continued his game of musical halves, with rookie Chris Sandow given his chance in the No.7 alongside John Sutton.

A host of teams will again field depleted sides this week with State of Origin players joining their respective camps.

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