Taylor: "Round 1 spots up for grabs"


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    Taylor: “Round 1 spots up for grabs”

    Dan Talintyre (Twitter: @dantalintyre)

    Fri 19th February, 02:15PM
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    While Wests Tigers will field a near full-strength team for Saturday’s NRL trial against the Cronulla Sharks, Coach Jason Taylor says that a few positions still remain open heading into the Club’s opening game of the season next fortnight.

    Taylor enthused that the Club’s squad for its second trial match this weekend is “pretty close” to the side that will open the season against the New Zealand Warriors on March 5, but still remains undecided on a handful of positions in the squad.

    “This week’s team is pretty close to [as it would be] in Round 1,” he said.

    “We’ve really built the depth at this Club over the off-season and we’re really happy with how that’s looking, but there’s plenty of guys who are pushing hard for a spot.”

    While he wouldn’t give too much away on which of those players are likely to feature in Round 1, Taylor did indicate that several new faces would feature against the Warriors.

    “We’ve got a battle in the halves between Jack Littlejohn and Josh Drinkwater to cover Luke Brooks who’s suspended for Round 1,” Taylor said. “Josh got injured in the Nines, so that’s put him on the back foot a bit but he’ll play some minutes this weekend and give himself a chance while Jack will spend some time with Mitch [Moses] in the halves.

    “We’ve also got a left wing spot up for grabs that Jordan Rankin, Josh Addo-Carr and Justin Hunt are battling for, and that’s been good to help push each of them.

    “And then there’s a number of forwards who are fighting for a bench spot,” he said.

    “Jack Buchanan picked up a bit of an injury, which meant he didn’t come to the Sunshine Coast. Jesse Parahi was one who would have been pushing hard for that spot had he not got injured… but they’re only minor injuries and they should only miss a week or two.

    “Josh Aloiai is another guy who played well last week against Melbourne, and we’ll give him another opportunity to show that he can do that again this weekend.

    “So there’s plenty of spots, which means there’s good healthy competition in our team.”

    See what Taylor had to say in full about this week’s trial team and more in the video above.

    http://www.weststigers.com.au/news/2016/02/19/taylor_round_1_spots.html



  • No mention of chee kam



  • one more time Milky 😉 😆 .

    This will be our Round 1 side IMO

    1. James Tedesco
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Tim Simona
    4. Kevin Naiqama
    5. Jordan Rankin
    6. Mitchell Moses
    7. Jack Littlejohn
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Tim Grant
    11. Curtis Sironen
    12. Chris Lawrence
    13. Sauaso Sue

    14. Ava Seumanufagai
    15. Josh Aloiai ( bruising defender )
    16. Manaia Cherrington
    17. Rod Griffin or Kyle Lovett


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    @foreveratiger:

    one more time Milky 😉 😆 .

    This will be our Round 1 side IMO

    1. James Tedesco
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Tim Simona
    4. Kevin Naiqama
    5. Jordan Rankin
    6. Mitchell Moses
    7. Jack Littlejohn
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Tim Grant
    11. Curtis Sironen
    12. Chris Lawrence
    13. Sauaso Sue

    14. Ava Seumanufagai
    15. Josh Aloiai ( bruising defender )
    16. Manaia Cherrington
    17. Rod Griffin or Kyle Lovett

    Haven’t had a team list for a while…I like it…

    Swap Seumanufagai and Grant and I’d be happy with that…



  • He’d have his side set. Need to keep guys hungry though.



  • @Geo.:

    @foreveratiger:

    one more time Milky 😉 😆 .

    This will be our Round 1 side IMO

    1. James Tedesco
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Tim Simona
    4. Kevin Naiqama
    5. Jordan Rankin
    6. Mitchell Moses
    7. Jack Littlejohn
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Tim Grant
    11. Curtis Sironen
    12. Chris Lawrence
    13. Sauaso Sue

    14. Ava Seumanufagai
    15. Josh Aloiai ( bruising defender )
    16. Manaia Cherrington
    17. Rod Griffin or Kyle Lovett

    Haven’t had a team list for a while…I like it…

    Swap Seumanufagai and Grant and I’d be happy with that…

    How would Ava go starting ?
    has he ever started Geo ?
    How does he handle the starts to games if he has ?

    JT has said that he wants a Utility on the bench does Manaia fit that Bill ? he will be in the 17 regardless.



  • That small clip showing Tedesco - he’s massive! Huge upper body development this off season. Should make him even more difficult to tackle first up.



  • My gut’s telling me Rankin is going to get the first crack at wing, mostly because of his extended versatility and goal kicking. Either that or he goes on the bench.

    Drinkwater - had his chances, never been even remotely close to impressed.



  • @foreveratiger:

    one more time Milky 😉 😆 .

    This will be our Round 1 side IMO

    1. James Tedesco
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Tim Simona
    4. Kevin Naiqama
    5. Jordan Rankin
    6. Mitchell Moses
    7. Jack Littlejohn
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Tim Grant
    11. Curtis Sironen
    12. Chris Lawrence
    13. Sauaso Sue

    14. Ava Seumanufagai
    15. Josh Aloiai ( bruising defender )
    16. Manaia Cherrington
    17. Rod Griffin or Kyle Lovett

    I love that starting forward pack. The more that stays the same the better or year will be.



  • Gee, it’s a tough ask coming up against the cashed up NZ$$$ Worriers so it seems that this Round 1 game will set the season on a/we’re totally screwed or b/Taylor is a genius, let’s all flock to Campbelltown to see our team ROAR!..…



  • I also prefer our starting props to be Woods/Seumanifagai, Seumanufagai has improved a lot with and the last season played 30-40 minutes, averaging more than 100 m, he missed very few tackles, IMHO he is ready.
    Graham shall partner Grant as subs, leaving Sue to play lock.
    My bench would be:
    Grant
    Graham
    Griffin
    Aloiai

    :sign:


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