After a blistering start to the 2018 NRL Season with the Penrith Panthers, Blake was being touted as a potential State of Origin bolster for the New South Wales Blues.
The former Pirate scored four tries in the opening five games before a suffering an ankle injury in the Panthers’ weekend win over Parramatta and is expected to spend a month on the sidelines.
With Origin two months away, Blake will have the best part of four weeks to prove himself to the NSW coaching staff that he deserves a maiden call-up once he returns to full fitness.
After back-to-back losses, the Newcastle Knights returned to the winner’s circle on the back of six points from Ponga.
The Port-Hedland-born fullback kicked 2/2 conversions and a penalty goal in a 15-10 win over the Brisbane Broncos.
Ponga and his Knights teammates will look to build on this result when they travel to take on the Melbourne Storm on Friday.
A hamstring injury kept Quinlan sidelined for Hull KR’s 31-12 win over Widnes Vikings last week, but is all set to return for the trip to face the Warrington Wolves.
Quinlan is expected to take his spot at fullback and will square off against former South Perth Lions centre Bryson Goodwin who plays for Warrington.
Goodwin lined up in the centres for Warrington in their 22-6 win over the Salford Reds last weekend.
Despite not taking on his usual kicking duties, Goodwin helped the Wolves to their fifth win in a row.
Warrington will look to make it six on the trot when they face former Pirate Adam Quinlan and the Hull KR on Saturday.
Intrest Super Cup
Jordan Pereira (St George Illawarra Dragons – NSW)
After returning from injury, Jordan Pereira has been a standout for the St George Illawarra Dragons Intrust Super Cup side.
With two tries in his opening two games, the winger wasn’t able to add a third in the Dragons’ 18-10 win over the Newtown Jets over the weekend.
The former Willagee Bears star will again lineup up on the wing as the Dragons host the Wyong Roos in Round Five.
Josh Rogers (Burleigh Bears – QLD)
What an Interest Super Cup debut it was for Josh Rogers as he scored the winning try for the Burleigh Bears in a thrilling game against Central Queensland Capras.
Rogers scored the decisive try in the 77th minute and kicked two second-half conversions to finish with eight points.
The former North Beach Sea Eagle will again line up at halfback for the Bears as they travel to take on Norths Devils on Saturday.