Holden Cup Team Announcement: Round 16
Tue 21st June, 04:30PM
Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup Head Coach Willie Peters has named his side to take on the Melbourne Storm in their Round 16 clash this Saturday, June 25.
The match will be played on Saturday at 2:45pm from Sunshine Coast Stadium — not prior to the NRL game — as Wests Tigers look to consolidate their top-four position with a victory against a Storm side who they comfortably beat 44-12 earlier this year.
Despite recording that victory earlier in the season, Peters said he was expecting a very tough encounter this week — compounded by a difficult day trip to the Sunshine Coast.
“We’re expecting another tough one and a pretty challenging game,” he said.
“You look at Melbourne’s results throughout the year and they’re in every game.
“When they do travel away, it is challenging for them, but they’re always tough on the Sunshine Coast, and there’s no reason why that’ll be different this week.
“It’s a tough trip for us with the flight and the day trip too,” he said. “We haven’t been successful doing that day trip this year having lost to the Broncos and Titans, so while it’s going to be challenging, we’re really going to look hard at our preparation.
“We’re changing a few things this week that should help us with that.”
Peters will welcome back a number of players from the Club’s Intrust Super Premiership team this weekend, and said having their experience back on deck would be key for his side as they look to record their seventh win out of their last 10 games on Saturday.
“It’s helpful this week to have both our halves and some other guys drop back from reserve grade, and we’ll really take a lot from having their experience back,” he said.
“We’re averaging eight players out per game this year, with injury or stepping up to other grades, so that’s been challenging, but it’s really helped grow our depth and give us a good core group of players to call from. The Holden Cup is about developing players and I think we’re really doing that with the number of players we’re using this year.”
Having played 13 games so far this year (one match against the Roosters postponed due to bad weather), Peters said he was happy with the form his team have shown this season, but said he was looking for his side to go up another level in the coming weeks, highlighting a crucial period of four games prior to the team’s second bye in Round 19.
“I think this block of games could really set up our season in a positive way,” he said.
“If we can get through these and be successful it should put us in a really good spot for the last six games of the year. But at the same time, we don’t want to get too far ahead of our ourselves. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but we really need to make sure we’re looking one game at a time and not thinking about finals or anything like that at the moment.
“We want to pride our game on defence. We know if we defend well, we’ve got enough points in us to get the points each week as we’ve shown plenty of times this year.
“In the back half of the season, the teams that can defend the best will get over the line more often than not, so we want to make sure that’s something we’re priding ourselves on.”
WESTS TIGERS HOLDEN CUP
1. Roman Ioelu
2. Jesse Jackson
3. Ryland Jacobs
4. Samuel DeFiddes
5. Toa Mata’afa
6. Veiru Mapesone
7. Thomas Bartley
8. Mark McCormack
9. Daniel Peck
10. Taniela Paseka
11. Bayley Sironen
12. Jakob Giles
13. Jack Wheelhouse (capt.)
14. Paul Roberts
15. Lenny Sauni
16. Trent Pye
17. Rhys Sciglitano
18. Royce Tout
Coach: Willie Peters
Lot missing from this side.
Havent seen NSW cup, perhaps some are playing up?? I know there is junior rep games on as well.
no Sharpe, Karwan, Papenhuyzen, liddle, Felise even a couple of the kids from Ball who came up been overlooked.
I reckon this De Fiddes is a bit underrated, I like him. Had never seen him before this year, but I reckon he goes well. Must have come from outside the system is he a country kid?
Papenhuyzen is playing u18 Origin. Sharpe still injured i’m guessing.
NSW Cup have the bye so it’s interesting that players like Liddle aren’t being given game time here. Maybe taking at as an opportunity to train with first grade a bit more. Especially with Robbie at Origin and perhaps in a little doubt for the weekend… (?)
The backs are still decent players. Jackson has looked ok, and de Fiddes came from that WA sg ball side. Think he’s been injured once or twice this season though as he’s been in and out of the side.
The bench is light on talent now though and this is a period we have struggled over recent matches. Losing traction once the starters go for a rest so that middle period is crucial.
Hopefully they can settle after the flight and grab a win interstate for the first time this season.
This side has gone from being unbeatable to being easy beats.
No, we just haven’t won a game out of NSW so far this season. The boys don’t seem to react well the flying up on the day of the game, getting ready and flying back home. It’s a pretty hectic day and not ideal preparation.
But with all the changes we were always going to struggle. Our bench isn’t good enough and it looks like that showed on the scoreboard in the second half.
Still, the result should have been closer than this.