Changes to forward pack as Wests Tigers seek crucial win



  • Wests Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary has made a change to his side’s forward pack as they seek a crucial victory this Thursday against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

    Kickoff for the match is at 7:50pm AEST from Campbelltown Sports Stadium, with Wests Tigers needing to secure a victory to close the gap to the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors in the top eight.

    After a disappointing last start defeat to the St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Cleary has made one key change to his side with co-captain Elijah Taylor ruled out with a corked thigh picked up last weekend.

    His omission sees Matt Eisenhuth move to the run-on side at lock with Chris Lawrence and Michael Chee Kam featuring on the edges, while Josh Aloiai returns to the side for the first time since Round 19.

    The talented young forward made a successful return from a broken hand in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side over the weekend, and his inclusion is certainly a boost for the home side as they look to stay in touch with the top eight and secure their first victory at Campbelltown Sports Stadium this year.

    Jacob Liddle, Robbie Rochow, Tyson Gamble and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak have been named as reserves, while Chris Lawrence will formally co-captain the team on Thursday night.

    For the Sea Eagles, Coach Trent Barrett has named a relatively unchanged side from the one that went down at home to the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night with Jack Gosiewski replacing Frank Winterstein on the bench in the only change, with Winterstein dropping back to the reserves list.

    1. Moses Mbye
    2. David Nofoaluma
    3. Esan Marsters
    4. Mahe Fonua
    5. Kevin Naiqama
    6. Benji Marshall
    7. Luke Brooks
    8. Russell Packer
    9. Robbie Farah
    10. Ben Matulino
    11. Chris Lawrence (capt.)
    12. Michael Chee Kam
    13. Matt Eisenhuth

    Interchange:
    14. Alex Twal
    15. Sauaso Sue
    16. Luke Garner
    17. Josh Aloiai

    Reserves:
    18. Jacob Liddle
    19. Robbie Rochow
    20. Tyson Gamble
    21. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak



  • Good to see Twal back.



  • Eiso is not a first grader ultimate plodder and a liability. Seriously we lose games because of thee types of players Rochow, Eiso, McQueen. MCK can play well at times but our back row is poor. Lawrence is the only player that is consistent performer ET is bad some days. It’s a glaring weakness as is left centre.
    Go wide and we will buckle.



  • Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.



  • I thought Eisenhuth was good last week; he played long minutes and his defence in the middle was good. I don’t know what to think about his running style, it may be that he only has one speed but I’d like to see the coaching staff getting him to run with some real intent; with his size he’d be almost unstoppable.



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    Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.

    He needs to after last week.



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    Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.

    He needs to after last week.

    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?



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    Eiso is not a first grader ultimate plodder and a liability. Seriously we lose games because of thee types of players Rochow, Eiso, McQueen. MCK can play well at times but our back row is poor. Lawrence is the only player that is consistent performer ET is bad some days. It’s a glaring weakness as is left centre.
    Go wide and we will buckle.

    Sad truth.



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    Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.

    He needs to after last week.

    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?

    Aside from last week he’s been one of our best players this season, doesn’t warrant the constant criticism.



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    Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.

    He needs to after last week.

    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?

    Aside from last week he’s been one of our best players this season, doesn’t warrant the constant criticism.

    Point out the criticism?



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    Predicting MCK will have a blinder against his old club.

    He needs to after last week.

    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?

    Aside from last week he’s been one of our best players this season, doesn’t warrant the constant criticism.

    Best players this season? He has got better as the season wore on but he’s been everything but consistent all year.



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    I thought Eisenhuth was good last week; he played long minutes and his defence in the middle was good. I don’t know what to think about his running style, it may be that he only has one speed but I’d like to see the coaching staff getting him to run with some real intent; with his size he’d be almost unstoppable.

    Not sure what it is - just ambles to the line instead of hitting with a charge. Think it is that he is more an offloader but probably told not to offload that often.

    Whatever it is - it needs to be fixed before next season.



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    He needs to after last week.

    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?

    Aside from last week he’s been one of our best players this season, doesn’t warrant the constant criticism.

    Point out the criticism?

    There are heaps of posts/threads on here criticising him - open your eyes. Some warranted, but most not.



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    I thought Eisenhuth was good last week; he played long minutes and his defence in the middle was good. I don’t know what to think about his running style, it may be that he only has one speed but I’d like to see the coaching staff getting him to run with some real intent; with his size he’d be almost unstoppable.

    Not sure what it is - just ambles to the line instead of hitting with a charge. Think it is that he is more an offloader but probably told not to offload that often.

    Whatever it is - it needs to be fixed before next season.

    At his size you would love to see him push his big frame through the line a bit and then use those long arms to offload. He seems made for that playing style but I can’t understand why we don’t see it. A little more power and intent when he hits it up perhaps. Also he surrenders in the tackle so easily that he rarely gets a quick ptb either. We were a far better team when we generated some second phase ball - I noted in a post a while back, during that middle part of the season, that as a team we had not been getting the offloads away to the same extent that we had earlier. Breaking up the defensive structures of the good teams requires some adlib, unstructured plays that offloads create.



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    He played 5 games for em.

    How’d he go against his other old club - the Canberra raiders?

    Aside from last week he’s been one of our best players this season, doesn’t warrant the constant criticism.

    Point out the criticism?

    There are heaps of posts/threads on here criticising him - open your eyes. Some warranted, but most not.

    I thought you were implying it was me.

    Anyway freedom of speech.



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