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Wests Tigers v Cowboys trial match *LIVE,,

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:05 pm
by WT2K
Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary has announced his squad for the club’s first trial match of 2018 against the North Queensland Cowboys at Barlow Park, Cairns.

Cleary has confirmed a 30-man squad will take to the field on Saturday night from 7:30pm local time (8:30pm AEDT), which will be live streamed on the club’s website.

Of the club’s current NRL squad, only Benji Marshall will not feature in the trial match.

New recruits Ben Matulino, Chris McQueen, Corey Thompson, Josh Reynolds, Mahe Fonua, Pita Godinet, Robbie Rochow, Russell Packer, Taane Milne and Tyson Gamble have all been named in the squad and could play their first game in Wests Tigers colours, while Development Squad forwards Thomas Mikaele and Sam McIntyre have been included following a strong first pre-season with the full-time squad.


After making his first-grade debut late last year, Intrust Super Premiership forward Bayley Sironen rounds out the 30-man squad that will play in Saturday’s trial match.

In his first pre-season in charge of the side, Coach Cleary said the club’s two trial matches would play a crucial role in determining the make up of the team for Round 1.

“The reality of the first trial is that it’s a great chance for all the players to get out there and get their first run of the new year,” Cleary said. “We’re trying to mix it up and make sure that everyone gets a decent amount of game time under their belt this week.

“It’s no secret that there’s a few positions that are probably up for grabs, so it’s a good chance for the players to put their best foot forwards in regards to that,” he said. “These trials are going to have a fair say in what that Round 1 team looks like.

“There’s a lot of guys who are in a position to have a great season from the work they’ve done at training, but once they finally start play, we’ll be able to really see what will be the best fit for the opening game for us.”




2018 TRIAL MATCH SQUAD (In alphabetical order)

Alex Twal, Bayley Sironen, Ben Matulino, Chris Lawrence, Chris McQueen, Corey Thompson, David Nofoaluma, Elijah Taylor, Esan Marsters Jacob Liddle, JJ Felise, Josh Aloiai, Josh Reynolds, Kevin Naiqama, Luke Brooks, Mahe Fonua, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Matt Eisenhuth, Matt McIlwrick, Michael Chee Kam, Pita Godinet, Robbie Rochow, Russell Packer, Sam McIntyre, Sauaso Sue, Taane Milne, Thomas Mikaele Tim Grant, Tuimoala Lolohea, Tyson Gamble — Coach: Ivan Cleary

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:08 pm
by supercoach
Good to see Jacob Liddle name in the squad, I thought he would be weeks away from playing

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:12 pm
by 851
Good to hear Cleary put everyone on notice, play well and you get in the team, don't and play reggies, we have not had that attitude for ages, if ever.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:14 pm
by joebob
If you watch the video of IC, he indicates that it's a bonding session/ trip away for the group. He also said it would be ideal if everyone was available to play. I'm guessing those named in the 30 man squad may not necessarily be playing.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:14 pm
by Geo.
Strong Squad named...Lot would be starting players

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:19 pm
by Cairnstigers
Interesting how 30 players are named
With two positions available in our squad
The 4 development players must be here for bonding
Are they allowed to play if not in 1st grade ?

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:52 pm
by steve-o
So what’s the deal with Benji not playing?

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:57 pm
by Geo.
Cairnstigers wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:19 pm
Interesting how 30 players are named
With two positions available in our squad
The 4 development players must be here for bonding
Are they allowed to play if not in 1st grade ?

Anyone can play in a trial...

but yeah can't see all 30 getting a run....Is there anything to do up there in Cairns...?

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:59 pm
by GoldXR50Leroy
steve-o wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:52 pm
So what’s the deal with Benji not playing?
Always does his shoulder/collar bone playing against the Cows!.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:01 pm
by king sirro
steve-o wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:52 pm
So what’s the deal with Benji not playing?
He has something on. Cant remember exactly, either a weeding or the birth of his child.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:05 pm
by Masterton
I wonder if somebody is going to be elevated to the top squad to keep more money for a big buy.. Could be some players trying to schnaffle the spot.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:06 pm
by yeti
Birth of child

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:41 pm
by Cairnstigers
Masterton wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:05 pm
I wonder if somebody is going to be elevated to the top squad to keep more money for a big buy.. Could be some players trying to schnaffle the spot.
That's what I was thinking

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 7:07 pm
by Go You Good Things
Masterton wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:05 pm
I wonder if somebody is going to be elevated to the top squad to keep more money for a big buy.. Could be some players trying to schnaffle the spot.
Masterton . . . IDK if Schnaffle is an actual word. But if it was. that is the optimum way to spell it. It sounds like you should know what it means.
Or, it also sounds like a certain type of fish in a Breville sandwich maker.
Schnaffle. That wins today's internet prize. :lol:

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 7:32 pm
by TigerSkins
king sirro wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:01 pm
steve-o wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:52 pm
So what’s the deal with Benji not playing?
He has something on. Cant remember exactly, either a weeding or the birth of his child.
When Benji has finished weeding his place, can he come do mine .. :sign: lol sorry could help myself

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 7:43 pm
by Mac tiger
The main thing is it looks like Liddle will get some minutes. Will take a lot of pressure off selections if he can at least get on the bench for R1.

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 7:44 pm
by Geo.
Liddle and McQueen wont play..

Re: Wests Tigers name squad for Cairns trial match

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 8:02 pm
by fergiefurr
Geo. wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 7:44 pm
Liddle and McQueen wont play..
yeah cleary basically said a few guys wont play but hes keen to get the whole squad to go up together to keep the bonding going etc