Moses, Brooks in doubt for NRL trial V Cowboys



  • Moses, Brooks in doubt for NRL trial
    From ESPN 1:20 PM AEDT Matt Encarnacion

    Wests Tigers halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks are likely to head into their NRL season-opener without playing a minute of the club’s trial games due to injury.

    Both players are in doubt for the Tigers’ final trial against North Queensland on Saturday after Moses suffered a heel injury in the All Stars game and Brooks got his wisdom teeth pulled out.

    Moses was in a moon boot as he sat out Monday’s training session, and while he wants to play against the Cowboys in Campbelltown, he is unlikely to risk further injury.

    The Tigers five-eighth hurt his foot early for the World All Stars in the annual fixture against the Indigenous All Stars and while he came back on, failed to finish the match.

    “It’s nothing bad, just precautionary. I should be right this week to play but if it’s not right, I’ll definitely be sweet for round one anyway. It’s just to take the weight of my heel,” he said.

    "I wouldn’t mind (a game), just to get a go with the boys. Against the Cowboys as well, that’ll allow us to see where we’re at and how we’ve trained.

    “It’d be good to get a game in, but it’s not the end of the world.”

    While the pair are almost certain to meet South Sydney in round one, the Tigers face a number of injury problems leading up to the clash at ANZ Stadium on March 3.

    Veteran hooker Matt Ballin is racing the clock on his return from a second straight knee reconstruction, while back-up rake Jacob Liddle missed their last trial with a shoulder issue.

    Their uncertain status could mean an unlikely call-up for late signing Matt McIlwrick, while utility Justin Hunt was also sporting a moon boot at Concord.

    Ballin also confirmed he is unlikely to trial and is 50-50 for round one.

    “I’ve been out doing field sessions for the last month, pretty much full field sessions. Contact’s been more so lately and it feels strong,” he said.

    “At the moment I feel really confident with it. It’ll just depend on availability and what they want to do. The conservative road would be reserve grade then first grade after that.”



  • After three months of upbeat positive media stuff, you know all the off season usual bits of media fluff, we are now getting the bad news stories as we get closer to game one. Just can not believe Ballin is in doubt for round one. They will probably trot him out in round 12 for half a game, than retire him off


  • Banned

    Lol Jesus



  • This won’t make happy happy



  • @GNR4LIFE:

    This won’t make happy happy

    It won’t make anyone happy



  • All I can say is,for professional footballers they seem to be injured more than they are fit….VERY SOFT FOR THE MONEY THEY ARE ON…

    I know you all think Iam a sarcastic old coot,but I don’t care,for God sake Moses a heel injury,don’t they tape their ankles or use compressed padding these days to support their workload…
    Brooks has a couple of wisdom teeth taken out,fair dinkum he has no wisdom…I got smashed in the mouth when I played ,when I took the mouthguard out there was three teeth imbedded in it,trip to the dentist Monday and played the next Sunday…

    I won’t say anymore because some on here will get upset because I’m having a go at the golden boys…sigh…its to much for me,the girl footballer s are tougher than our lot…


  • ForumSupporter

    Happy to the snack bar please….



  • Long time reader, first time poster. Business has kept me insanely busy.
    It would good to get a near full strength side for the trial against Thurston’s mob, but it is only a trial.
    I must admit I usually go to most Newtown jets games, on the hill, can beer; you can even watch the game in your car. It is a step back to old time Sydney footy, before 3 million extra people got here.
    I am really looking forward to this year. They will be much better for last year and now the unmentionable issue has be sorted. They could develop into a very special footy side.



  • Welcome Enmore.
    Ive watched the game at Henson from the back of a ute as a kid…was a rare treat



  • how can matt ballin not be fit to play.?
    he has since forever off and is still not right.
    is he a bit precious?



  • Thanks Ink, I grew up as a Penrith junior and when I travelled to watch the tigers, it was always a special treat to go to the Hendo after the game and blow the top off a few beers. Saw Tommy do a unmentionable dance on the front bar once. Always think about when I go now, what he think of all the rainbow families that go there now?



  • @supercoach:

    After three months of upbeat positive media stuff, you know all the off season usual bits of media fluff, we are now getting the bad news stories as we get closer to game one. Just can not believe Ballin is in doubt for round one. They will probably trot him out in round 12 for half a game, than retire him off

    Ballin - it does my head in.



  • Hi Enmoretiger, Henson Park is a nostalgic tripp back in time when football was not about how much money a footballer could milk from a club. It was a time when footballers played with real pride in their club and locality.



  • @Enmoretiger:

    Long time reader, first time poster. Business has kept me insanely busy.
    It would good to get a near full strength side for the trial against Thurston’s mob, but it is only a trial.
    I must admit I usually go to most Newtown jets games, on the hill, can beer; you can even watch the game in your car. It is a step back to old time Sydney footy, before 3 million extra people got here.
    I am really looking forward to this year. They will be much better for last year and now the unmentionable issue has be sorted. They could develop into a very special footy side.

    Welcome mate,I used to live in Wells Street Newtown,just around the corner from Henson Park,the Jets were my second team as I was a Balmain Tigers boy….



  • Does anyone know when they will announce the team for this trial?


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