Wests Tigers name team for Warriors trial

Wests Tigers name team for Warriors trial


Dan Talintyre


Thu 28 Feb 2019, 02:29 PM

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Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Michael Maguire has named a strong squad for his side’s NRL trial match against the New Zealand Warriors to be played on Saturday, March 2.

Kickoff for the match is at 5:00pm local time (3:00pm AEDT) from Northland Events Centre in Whangarei with a free live stream available on the club’s website.

Wests Tigers will field a strong lineup for their NRL trial this week with new recruits Ryan Matterson and Robert Jennings both set to feature in their new colours for the first time. Matterson will start in the back row while Jennings starts in the centres alongside Esan Marsters with Corey Thompson retaining his spot on the left wing.

Life Members Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah will start the match at five-eighth and hooker, with Josh Reynolds and Jacob Liddle to come off the bench.

Moses Mbye will captain the team for the first time since his unveiling as captain, while young gun Thomas Mikaele has also earned a spot in the first-grade squad after his first pre-season with the top side — listed on the eight-man bench.

Wests Tigers will kick off against the Warriors at 5:00pm local time, with the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side Western Suburbs Magpies also in action on the day.

Both games will be broadcast live on FOX League (Ch.502) from 12:00pm AEDT.

Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg side will also play a trial match against the Melbourne Thunderbolts on Saturday, March 2 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.


1. Moses Mbye (capt.)
2. Corey Thompson
3. Robert Jennings
4. Esan Marsters
5. David Nofoaluma
6. Benji Marshall
7. Luke Brooks
8. Russell Packer
9. Robbie Farah
10. Ben Matulino
11. Luke Garner
12. Ryan Matterson
13. Elijah Taylor

14. Josh Reynolds
15. Matt Eisenhuth
16. Alex Twal
17. Michael Chee Kam
18. Mahe Fonua
19. Chris McQueen
20. Jacob Liddle
21. Thomas Mikaele

Coach: Michael Maguire


1. Dylan Smith
2. Bilaal Maarbani
3. Watson Heleta
4. Mahe Fonua
5. Harry O’Toole
6. Tyson Gamble
7. Kodi Aupouri (capt.)
8. Josh Aloiai
9. Soni Luke
10. Oliver Clark
11. Sam McIntyre
12. Chris McQueen
13. Robbie Rochow

14. Braden Robson
15. Elia Faatui
16. Patrice Siolo
17. Jack Miller
18. Dylan Clifford
19. Kane McQuiggin

Coach: Brett Hodgson


1. Logen Dillon
2. Kane Bradley
3. Tommy Talau
4. Zac Cini
5. Liam Scolari
6. Ben Stevanovic
7. Jock Madden
8. Senn Kane
9. Rua Ngati
10. Henry Lealuga-Puhotau
11. Bryn Callaghan
12. Ben Seufale
13. Alex Seyfarth

14. Sione Tupou
15. Max Burey
16. Felix Smith
17. Sione Folau
19. Rajko Jankovic
20. Ailand David-Pihema
21. Kobe Chamberlain
23. Reggie Alofipo
24. Jonathan Talamavaio
25. Ben Fisilose
26. Aiden Young
27. Jordan Main
28. Mavoni Tuifua

Coach: Wayne Lambkin

Where’s Chris Lawrence?

Garner ahead of McQueen. Like it but surprised.

Marshall ahead of Reynolds. Not sure about this one

@Tiger_Steve…it’s a trial…

Momirovski not named anywhere…😵

No Musgrave or Momorovski

Musgrove not playing either.


Kodi Aupouri (capt.

Please explain - anyone know anything about this guy?

Don’t dampen my enthusiasm!!

But where’s Lawrence??
Momirovski is injured isn’t he?

Exactly why I would have expected to see Reynolds there. If there’s one thing he’s lacking it’s actual game time. Maybe Madge doesn’t rate him.

Doesn’t look good for our prop rotation if Musgrove isn’t cleared for round 1.

Mikaele. He is the real deal


Mikaele. He is the real deal

I hope so. Named so low in the squad worries me. (Or is my tinfoil hat loose?)

Mikaele was stacks better than Chee Kam last week. Interestingly, Aloiai is well down the pecking order

Needed the 21 Jersey because 14-17 too small Mikaele is HUGE…

I wonder what’s happened to Lawrence?

lack of props worries me, across both sides theres not much depth. maybe chris is been rested as the coach knows what he brings to the team. think josh will get 30-40 mins just to get him back into contact, remember he had shoulder surgery in the off season.

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