Anasta replaces injured Farah as captain
Thursday 6 February 2014 2:01 PM
Anasta replaces injured Farah as captain
Braith Anasta will captain Wests Tigers in this Saturday’s trial match against Penrith after Robbie Farah was ruled out through injury.
Farah suffered a slight hamstring injury at training this week and will miss the match against the Panthers at Kirkham Oval with NYC hooker Manaia Cherrington coming into the squad.
Mick Potter has named a strong side despite the loss of Farah with new recruits Keith Lulia, Cory Paterson, Blake Austin and Martin Taupau all lining up in Wests Tigers colours for the first time.
Returning crowd favourites Dene Halatau and Pat Richards will also start the game.
1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Keith Lulia
4. Chris Lawrence
5. Pat Richards
6. Braith Anasta
7. Blake Austin
8. Aaron Woods
9. Dene Halatau
10. Martin Taupau
11. Bodene Thompson
12. Curtis Sironen
13. Adam Blair
14. Manaia Cherrington
15. Cory Paterson
16. James Gavet
17. Marika Koroibete
18. Kurtis Rowe
19. Mitchell Moses
Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to the match to avoid ticket queues as a full house is expected.
WESTS TIGERS v PENRITH PANTHERS
Saturday 8 February 2014
Kirkham Oval, Elderslie
Gates Open 3.00pm
NYC - Wests Tigers V Penrith Panthers – 3.30pm
Wests Magpies (RON MASSEY CUP) v Penrith Panthers– 5.15pm
NRL - WESTS TIGERS v PENRITH PANTHERS – 7.30pm
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Children: $7 (5 – 16yrs)
Potter made it clear a while back of his preference for Brooks to be partnered by an experienced halves partner…That is Anasta…besides, Anasta’s best game for us last year was when he played 6 and Brooks played 7…to me its logical to start this way as much as I’d like to see a young gun in at 6…Mosses/Austin will get their chance if Anasta is off his game…don’t worry about that.
Early days and only a trial. Still over a month before the real thing. On Richards, he was always going to get the jump on Koro, great under the high ball, great kicker and truck loads of experience at the back. Koro will get his chances but Richards should be a special for round one
Richards will be starting somewhere in the side his kicking game alone will see to that.
This is a bit of good fortune imo, I wouldve been against him playing the nines, doubt they’ll risk him now….bad luck on the hammy but better now then the week b4 rd 1…
really? but he’s been going around promoting and everything… you’d expect that he has 10-20 minutes on day 1. Plus the requirements on top players playing have to be fulfilled.
I thought SHEENS had gone, how the hell does potter only pick one prop and one secondrower on the bench, even though its a trail. And the writings on the wall that peanut anasta will get the 6 . Season gone before we start if he gets any were near the 1st 17 I think.
There’s still an NYC Trial and a NSW Cup Trial to be played before First Grade. I dare say some will be added to the bench for First Grade. I doubt Potter would go into a game with only 2 forwards on the bench.
I think a lot of people have missed the point of what a “Trial” is - it is exactly what it says - it is a trial.
i.e. It is a trial under game conditions where the coach can see how some players go in certain positions that he may not have seen before. Hence Halatau playing hooker - can he do the job coming off the bench during the season for Farah or will he have to call upon Fulton or one of the lower graders etc.
A number of these situations will be played out during the trials - it does not mean it will happen come the real games.
It is a pity Farah and Brooks are not playing - only from the point of view of building the spine combinations during game conditions. You cannot always refine this during training sessions.
Let us hope Mick gets the knowledge out of the trial he is hoping for, the players build a little more cohesion and we do not cop any injuries.
If we can do this it will have been a very successful day.