Wests Tigers name team for Warriors trial

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    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

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    @Tiger_Steve…it’s a trial…

    Momirovski not named anywhere…😵

  • No Musgrave or Momorovski

  • Musgrove not playing either.

  • @Geo:

    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

  • @Tiger_Steve:

    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

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    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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