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Re: Team Announcement – Trial Match v Cronulla Sharks

Post by Spartan117 » Fri 23 Feb, 2018 11:57 am

Fingers crossed we get the Liam / Skando commentry that we deserve


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Post by Spartan117 » Fri 23 Feb, 2018 12:00 pm

And Someone can post to YouTube post event as well

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Post by Geo. » Fri 23 Feb, 2018 1:45 pm

Spartan117 wrote:
Fri 23 Feb, 2018 12:00 pm
And Someone can post to YouTube post event as well

How about I FB Live all 5 games...
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..

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Post by willow » Fri 23 Feb, 2018 3:01 pm

Preview: Wests Tigers vs. Cronulla Sharks Trial
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Fri 23 Feb 2018, 12:12 PM

Wests Tigers and Cronulla will square off in what’s becoming a regular trial match fixture at Campbelltown on Saturday as they put the final touches on season 2018.

Two years ago, the two sides met in a trial match at Campbelltown and produced a thrilling 30-30 draw — something perhaps both coaches are hoping to avoid as they get their last look at players in action before preparations really ramp up for their respective Round 1 matches in a fortnight.

For Wests Tigers, it was a successful start to the new year under Coach Ivan Cleary, with a dominant 30-16 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Cairns. From that match, Cleary’s side will welcome Kiwi international forwards Russell Packer and Ben Matulino in to the fold, with the pair set to play their first match together since 2013, while also welcoming back Chris McQueen from injury.

It was a near identical scoreline for the Sharks in their first trial game of the year, with new recruit Matt Moylan playing a starring role in a 30-14 win over the Sea Eagles. Youngsters Sione Katoa, Jesse Ramien, Briton Nikoria and Cruz Topai-Aveai all crossed for tries in the win at Southern Cross Group Stadium, with the likes of Josh Dugan, Wade Graham, Andrew Fifita and Luke Lewis all playing their first game.

With positions still up for grabs in both sides, it’s shaping as a fascinating affair for both sets of fans, with a free live stream of the match available on www.weststigers.com.au from 6:50pm AEDT.



MATCH DETAILS
Date — Saturday, February 24, 2018

Time — 7:00pm AEDT (Gates open 10:30am)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium


KEY PLAYERS NOT PLAYING
For Wests Tigers, Alex Twal, Benji Marshall, Elijah Taylor, Sauaso Sue and Jacob Liddle all won’t feature as they rest for Round 1, while Tuimoala Lolohea will feature for the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side, Western Suburbs Magpies, earlier on the day. For Cronulla, the only key name is that of Paul Gallen who will be rested for the Round 1 fixture, while young playmaker Kyle Flanagan is sidelined with a broken finger.


PLAYERS TO WATCH
Corey Thompson, Wests Tigers

While it might have been the absence of Tui Lolohea’s name that sparked the most discussion around this week’s team list, it’s worth noting how hard Corey Thompson has worked to earn his shot at the vacant No.1 jersey. The club’s best in last week’s win over the Cowboys — scoring two tries and having a hand in others — Thompson has impressed greatly over the pre-season since returning from England, and is definitely in the running for either the fullback or wing spot in Round 1. Cleary has given the former Bulldog the chance to shine in this week’s trial by naming him at the back and no other fullback on the bench; how will he respond to the opportunity in front of him?

Valentine Holmes, Cronulla Sharks

Valentine Holmes’ selection might not have been as controversial as that of Thompson for this game, but it’s important to remember that the Sharks fullback had a fight of his own for the No.1 jersey from new recruit Josh Dugan. Yet to wear the Sharks colours, it remains to be seen whether Dugan and Holmes split time at the back, but after a superb World Cup campaign, the Sharks flyer is definitely in pole position to feature at the back in Round 1. An underrated storyline too is that of the goal-kicking — could Holmes become an option for the Sharks to use following James Maloney’s off-season departure?


Ben Matulino, Wests Tigers

Once considered the best prop in the world, Ben Matulino had minor knee surgery in the off-season that kept him out of contention of the World Cup with New Zealand but put him in a great position to hit the ground running with his new club. Fit and agile while also not lacking in size and aggression, Matulino’s partnership with childhood friend Russell Packer will be a fascinating thing to watch for Wests Tigers fans in 2018, and he’ll have first chance to show what he can do against a strong Sharks pack this week.

Matt Moylan, Cronulla Sharks

He only played 40 minutes last week, but Matt Moylan did more than enough to convince Sharks fans that the ex-Panthers skipper was going to be a huge contributor to his new side in 2018. His combination with Chad Townsend is of particular importance given the success the latter and Maloney had in 2016, and that could lead to Flanagan giving Moylan a lot more time in the middle than he did last week. With quick feet and deceptive speed, Moylan is certainly one Wests Tigers will need to keep an eye on this weekend.

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Post by rex2ce » Fri 23 Feb, 2018 3:19 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 21 Feb, 2018 11:58 pm
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Wed 21 Feb, 2018 6:16 pm
I'm not sold on Rochow - he was steady in the first trial but he is never going to be any more than a backup for injuries.
Actually thought he went pretty well , few times if he had players sitting off his hip he had real good chances to offload
A fit Rochow won’t let anyone down


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Post by willow » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 5:37 pm

5 Things to Watch for in Tonight's Trial
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Sat 24 Feb 2018, 09:00 AM

Wests Tigers Members and fans will be eager to see their team in action one more time before the season proper kicks off in early March with a final trial match against the Cronulla Sharks at Campbelltown Sports Stadium later tonight.

Off the back of a successful trip up north to Cairns last weekend to take on the North Queensland Cowboys in their first trial match, Ivan Cleary’s side know they will face a much tougher test this weekend against a Sharks outfit strengthened by the return of their World Cup stars.

With a number of Round 1 positions still up in the air, there’s no shortage of storylines to keep an eye on when the players take to the field around 7:00pm tonight…

1. Are the centres and wings locked in?

While much of the focus in the Wests Tigers team list this week will be around the fullback position (which we’ll get to later), the battle for the wing and centres positions continues to rage on. However, are we starting to get an answer of how the side will line up in Round 1 with the four players named this week? Malakai Watene-Zelezniak and Kevin Naiqama delivered a superb performance against the Cowboys in the club’s first trial match and have again been named on the left together, while young gun Esan Marsters has been named at centre to partner the stellar David Nofoaluma on the right. Marsters set up the first try and proved a handful all night for the Cowboys, and if his form in the back end of 2017 is anything to go by, then his combination with Nofoaluma is an attacking weapon waiting to be unlocked by Wests Tigers in 2018. Throw in his goal-kicking, and he might just have the edge at centre for now, so will it be that way come Round 1 or will the likes of Mahe Fonua and Taane Milne — who are chomping at the bit and named on the bench this evening — have something to say about it?

2. How will Ben Matulino and Russell Packer combine?

Not since 2013 will rugby league fans have seen Ben Matulino and Russell Packer line up on the same side of the field, but tonight’s trial will see the childhood friends reunited once more — this time in a new environment at Wests Tigers. Both experienced, mature and highly rated front row forwards, the former Warriors duo will create a new look front row partnership for Wests Tigers in 2018 and the biggest question will be as to whether they can push each other in a way that brings out the best in the other. Matulino was rated as arguably the world’s best forward only three years ago while Packer started for New Zealand in the recent World Cup, but fans will have memories of the heights the pair hit when playing together at the Warriors along with Elijah Taylor — a Grand Final appearance for the men across the Tasman under Coach Ivan Cleary. It’s rather haughty to start thinking of that now for Wests Tigers in February, but if they are going to create something together, it’ll start in tonight’s trial against the Sharks.

3. Can Corey Thompson make the fullback spot his own?

Ivan Cleary sprung a surprise on the rugby league cognoscenti when Corey Thompson was named at fullback and Tuimoala Lolohea not even included in the squad — named instead to feature in the reserve grade trial earlier this afternoon against Newtown. So the question looms: can the former Bulldog and Widnes Viking make the fullback spot his own now and seriously challenge Lolohea for the vacant number one jersey? Off the back of an excellent pre-season, Thompson featured heavily at fullback against the Cowboys and finished the match as arguably the player of the game — scoring two tries and keeping the home side at bay with good defensive positioning and reads. He’ll face a much sterner test this time around against a full-strength Sharks side, but with no obvious fullback listed amongst the reserves, Thompson may have close to the entire 80 minutes to prove his case to Cleary as to his selection in the club’s season opener.

4. Is Esan Marsters the new goal-kicker for Wests Tigers?

One key storyline to follow from Lolohea’s non-selection is around goal-kicking, with Esan Marsters potentially set to feature as the team’s primary goal-kicker tonight. Both he and Taane Milne took shots at goal last week and while Milne missed badly on his sole attempt from the sideline, Marsters looked more and more comfortable with the kicking tee as the night wore on. The likes of Josh Reynolds and Luke Brooks are all capable of taking a shot at goal in a trial match if needed, but heading in to Round 1, Ivan Cleary will no doubt want to see if his side can develop a genuine second goal-kicking option to Lolohea. For if the former Warrior does miss the season opening team or is unavailable, Wests Tigers will certainly need to have other options they can call on. Perhaps Marsters, who has trained extremely hard at his goal-kicking, could be it.

5. How will Chris McQueen fare in his return from injury?

Fans who turn up early to Campbelltown Sports Stadium today will be treated to the sight of England international Chris McQueen making his long-awaited return from a serious neck injury in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership match against Newtown at 4:45pm. Named to start in the second row there, it’s likely that McQueen will play the majority of the match before slotting in on the bench for a 20-25 minute spell in the first-grade match later tonight, and it’ll be great to see him on the field and back in action given how serious his surgery could have been. Going forward, his timely return could also provide another headache for Cleary in his Round 1 team selection; Robbie Rochow has been named to start in the second trial, but given McQueen’s talent and experience, he would surely come in to calculations somewhere in the squad to take on the Sydney Roosters providing he has enough fitness and form under his belt. Time will soon tell on that one!

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:40 pm

Milne and Marsters kicking in the warm up

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Post by happy tiger » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:52 pm

Stream not working

What have you done Geo >>>>>>>>

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Post by Tigerdave » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:54 pm

Hope for a good game, but mostly, no injuries

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Post by willow » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:55 pm

Working fine on WT website...

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Post by Defiant » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:56 pm

Cant get stream to go full screen?

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Post by underdog » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:57 pm

I'm having a problem making the stream fullscreen - Am I alone in this?
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Post by Russell » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:58 pm

Defiant wrote:
Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:56 pm
Cant get stream to go full screen?
That'll mean there will be a smaller error count.

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Post by CocaCola » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:59 pm

Defiant wrote:
Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:56 pm
Cant get stream to go full screen?
Full screen not working for me either.. Just zoom your browser to 150% or whatever works best for your screen size..

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Post by Tacky » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 7:00 pm

underdog wrote:
Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:57 pm
I'm having a problem making the stream fullscreen - Am I alone in this?
Same. Just zoom in
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Post by FreddyK » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 7:00 pm

Cronulla are a strong squad

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Post by Tigerdave » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 7:00 pm

underdog wrote:
Sat 24 Feb, 2018 6:57 pm
I'm having a problem making the stream fullscreen - Am I alone in this?
not working for me either

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Post by willow » Sat 24 Feb, 2018 7:01 pm

Packer clips Moylan high late in the tackle count...

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