NYC Team Finals Week 2 v Manly

Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup Coach Brett Kimmorley has named his team to take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in a sudden-death Semi Final this Friday night.

Kickoff for the match is scheduled for 5:15pm at Allianz Stadium, with live coverage via Fox Sports 1 as Wests Tigers’ NYC side look to keep their premiership hopes alive.

After being charged with a Grade 1 Dangerous Throw, Tyler Cassel has been suspended for one match and will miss Friday’s Elimination Final. Esan Marsters will move into the back row as his replacement with Thomas Grealy coming on to the interchange bench.

In another key change to the side, Veiru Mapesone — who starred coming off the bench at fullback during the second half — has been named to start in the No. 1 jersey, with John Tohi, who scored 14 tries in 18 games last year, included in the team on the bench.

Key forward Junior Tatola has been cleared from a concussion suffered in Sunday’s Elimination Final as Wests Tigers look to built on their confidence-boosting victory.

And despite only having a five-day turnaround between the two sudden-death finals matches, Kimmorley said he was confident in his side’s ability to get the job done.

“I gave our boys a massive wrap after the game [on Sunday] because they played very well,” he said. “They’ve trained extremely hard and have developed the ability to get into the arm-wrestle and defend with some confidence, which is really pleasing.

“This week will be another big test for us. Manly got beat on Saturday by Penrith and will be no doubt be disappointed coming off a loss, so you’ve got to take consider that.

“I think medically we’re all good which is great.

“I think if we hold the ball and go set-for-set, we’ve shown we’re a good footy side, and there’s no reason why we can’t get another good result on Friday night.”

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1. Veiru Mapesone
2. Ryland Jacobs
3. Obed Karwhin
4. Marion Seve
5. Jayden Wheelhouse
6. Te Maire Martin (capt.)
7. Jeremy Marshall-King
8. Junior Tatola
9. Jacob Liddle
10. JJ Felise
11. Esan Marsters
12. Bayley Sironen
13. Matthew Woods (capt.)

Interchange:
14. John Tohi
15. Pio Sokobalava
16. Raymond Stone
17. Thomas Grealy

Coach: Brett Kimmorley

A very strong team.

I like the size of the back row more now and not having Alofi at the abck can only be a blessing. Mapesone might have never played there before but he did well for 20 mins last week. Though he’s sure to be targeted now that he’s been named there from the onset.

not totally sure about having an outside back on the bench, but provides flexibility i guess if Mapesone struggles.

Good team, strong pack and bench.
Go Tigers

Good looking team and no Alofi is definitely a plus.

I always enjoy watching the youngsters……

@Demps:

Televised?

Yeah mate Fox sports 5-15 Fri arvo.

Awww I feel sorry for young Sione. I hope he takes it as an inspirational moment and doesn’t let it rock him. Getting hooked and dropped during the finals for someone who has never played fullback before must hurt…

That being said he was very low on confidence.

John Tohi? Thought he was gone…

Surely Jeremy will play Fullback?

@Tiger Watto:

John Tohi? Thought he was gone…

Surely Jeremy will play Fullback?

Hey Watto, mate don’t spill the beans……

@MacDougall:

Awww I feel sorry for young Sione. I hope he takes it as an inspirational moment and doesn’t let it rock him. Getting hooked and dropped during the finals for someone who has never played fullback before must hurt…

That being said he was very low on confidence.

He must have been low on confidence for 2 years because I’ve never seen him be anything other than terrible.

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Does Mapesone have any experience at fullback ??

@happy tiger:

Does Mapesone have any experience at fullback ??

27minutes…

Watto could be on the money….

@Geo.:

@happy tiger:

Does Mapesone have any experience at fullback ??

27minutes…

Watto could be on the money….

A lifetime then ……

@MacDougall:

Awww I feel sorry for young Sione. I hope he takes it as an inspirational moment and doesn’t let it rock him. Getting hooked and dropped during the finals for someone who has never played fullback before must hurt…

That being said he was very low on confidence.

Been playing fullback in 3 different grades from last year until now.
He is the most incompetent player I believe I have witnessed…
Was it Mason Farrell he ousted from a spot. Made was a good little fullback and was replaced by this oversized imposter

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@batboy:

@MacDougall:

Awww I feel sorry for young Sione. I hope he takes it as an inspirational moment and doesn’t let it rock him. Getting hooked and dropped during the finals for someone who has never played fullback before must hurt…

That being said he was very low on confidence.

Been playing fullback in 3 different grades from last year until now.
He is the most incompetent player I believe I have witnessed…
Was it Mason Farrell he ousted from a spot. Made was a good little fullback and was replaced by this oversized imposter

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Yep, Maccas love child.

Mason was a consistent fullback, but his confidence was shot by the constant ins and outs of team politics.

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