Round 1 - Your side to take on Souths

After tonight’s trial, and Simona’s fall from grace, things are now looking a bit clearer heading into round 1.

1. Tedesco
2. Nofoaluma
3. Naiqama
4. Chee-Kam
5. Suli
6. Moses
7. Brooks
8. Woods
9. McIlwrick/Liddle/Ballin
10. Seumanufagai
11. Sue
12. Lawrence
13. Taylor

14. Idris
15. Aloiai
16. Grant
17. Felise

I’d have same but I think Idris should be ok to start. Naiqama hasn’t exactly shown anything in the trials to scream he is a certainty

Mcllwrick to start and Ballin to come off the bench is what I reckon will happen with the hooking duties due to Liddle and Ballin not having any game time as of yet and Ballin is the seasoned veteran obviously

Standouts in the trials to me have been Suli and Chee-Kam so that should get them the call up, aswell as Taylor and Aloiai have really impressed

After watching both trials …I would run with

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Moses Suli

6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks

8. Aaron Woods
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Tim Grant
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Jack Littlejohn
15. Micheal Chee-Kam
16. Josh Aloiai
17. Ava Seumanufagai

I don’t think McIlwrick can go 80 … Littlejohn and Chee-Kam pushed their claims tonight…

Suli also deserves a shot…

@Geo.:

After watching both trials …I would run with

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Moses Suli

6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks

8. Aaron Woods
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Tim Grant
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Jack Littlejohn
15. Micheal Chee-Kam
16. Josh Aloiai
17. Ava Seumanufagai

I don’t think McIlwrick can go 80 … Littlejohn and Chee-Kam pushed their claims tonight…

Suli also deserves a shot…

Agree a player like JLJ or Rankin needs to be on the bench to cover McIlwrick if he cant go the 80. No harm in having one of them there and not using them IMO. All the other forwards can play big minutes so i have no drama having a 17th man just as cover and may not be used.

I would’nt have Kev their though. I felt much more confident when MCK was defending there.

@Geo.:

After watching both trials …I would run with

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Moses Suli

6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks

8. Aaron Woods
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Tim Grant
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Jack Littlejohn
15. Micheal Chee-Kam
16. Josh Aloiai
17. Ava Seumanufagai

I don’t think McIlwrick can go 80 … Littlejohn and Chee-Kam pushed their claims tonight…

Suli also deserves a shot…

I’d be happy with that. Particularly if Aloiai is going to play prop.

Geo’s side looks on the money. Though Rankin would probably be the bench utility ahead of JLJ.

Disclaimer: Haven’t seen any trials. Only the 9’s

Based on this forum’s posts. Sounds like Suli displayed the attributes to justify his big bucks. I’m already anticipating his debut. Round 1 or 26, sounds like he’ll crack it this season.

Chee-Kam has always been a fringe 1st grade player but i have always felt he’ll thrive in firsts if given the chance at the Tigers.

J Taylor will almost definately play Kevvy in round 1 and more than likely Rankin which i understand but i wold love to see a shake up in the early rounds and Taylor give these fringe guys a go. Sounds like they’ve earned it

Does Esan Marsters deserve to make his FG debut this season based on the trials?

@WestsBenTigers:

Does Esan Marsters deserve to make his FG debut this season based on the trials?

Not in Round One

@Sabre:

@WestsBenTigers:

Does Esan Marsters deserve to make his FG debut this season based on the trials?

Not in Round One

Do you know how much he was signed for?

Based on Liddle & Ballin not being right for Rd 1 & Simona out unfortunately:

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods ©
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Sauaso Sue
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Josh Aloiai
15. Tim Grant
16. Jack Littlejohn
17. JJ Felise

I think we’ll go ok

@greatodensraven:

Based on Liddle & Ballin not being right for Rd 1 & Simona out unfortunately:

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods ©
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Sauaso Sue
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Josh Aloiai
15. Tim Grant
16. Jack Littlejohn
17. JJ Felise

I think we’ll go ok

I think this a good team, light on experience on the right but a good team. If Liddell or ballin are up for it drop Littlejohn.

If we can hold our own against the bunnies pack we should go well.But first few rounds are always hit and miss.

@greatodensraven:

Based on Liddle & Ballin not being right for Rd 1 & Simona out unfortunately:

1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Jamal Idris
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods ©
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Sauaso Sue
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Josh Aloiai
15. Tim Grant
16. Jack Littlejohn
17. JJ Felise

I think we’ll go ok

with Liddle, Ballin and Simona under ? , the above is arguably the best team. :sign:

1. Teddy (80)
2. Nofo (80)
3. Kev (80)
4. Idris
5. Suli (80)
6. Moses (80)
7. Brooks (80)
8. Woods
9. McIlwrick (80)
10. Grant
11. Lawrence (80)
12. Sue
13. ET (80)

14. Ava (prop rotation)
15. JJ Felise (prop rotation)
16. Aloiai (on for Sue)
17. MCK (on for Idris)

Try and run McIlwrick for 80 and if he is struggling move ET there and have Sue or Aloiai move to lock. If ET is making a lot of tackles in the middle it should take some of the defensive load off McIlwrick anyway and help him run out the 80.

I was glad to see Sue start in the second row. If Ava starts it will add much needed muscle to the pack. I’m really excited by Aloiai’s form in the pre-season. Could pack some real punch off the bench.

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