Canterbury Cup Team Announcement: Round 2
Tue 19 Mar 2019, 04:09 PM
Western Suburbs Magpies Canterbury Cup Coach Brett Hodgson has named his side to take on the New Zealand Warriors this Sunday for their Round 2 clash at Campbelltown.
Kickoff for the match is at 3:55pm AEDT as Western Suburbs look to build on their strong win in Round 1 and make it back-to-back victories against the Warriors.
Hodgson has named a similar side to the one that downed Blacktown Workers last weekend, with Soni Luke returning to the number nine jersey after sitting out last week. Luke trained full-time with the NRL squad throughout the pre-season and will be one to watch as he prepares for his first game in his new colours this week.
Luke’s inclusion sees Braden Robson return to the bench alongside Patrice Siolo, Dylan Clifford, Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu and Cowen Epere, with Oliver Clark, Robbie Rochow and Elia Faatui once again starting up front for the Magpies.
NRL squad members Dylan Smith, Tyson Gamble and Sam McIntyre have once again been included in the squad with Kauri Aupouri named as captain.
Match: Magpies v Warriors
ROUND 2 - SUNDAY 24TH MARCH
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
1. Dylan Smith
2. Harry O’Toole
3. Watson Heleta
4. Kane McQuiggin
5. Bilal Maarbani
6. Tyson Gamble
7. Kauri Aupouri (capt.)
8. Oliver Clark
9. Soni Luke
10. Elia Faatui
11. Sam McIntyre
12. Jack Miller
13. Robbie Rochow
14. Patrice Siolo
15. Dylan Clifford
16. Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu
18. Braden Robson
21. Cowen Epere
Coach: Brett Hodgson
Will be interesting to see who gets moved if Reynolds drops down. Gamble is still the chief playmaker, doing all the organising and kicking and those aren’t Grub’s strengths so in a way he has to stay. Even though i’d be curious to see him have a go in the centres without the responsibility of organising a side around the park.
Apouri makes much more sense to drop as he’s only new to the team and offers pretty much the same things that Reynolds does, only he’s a bit faster. He could maybe play wing so he still gets some opportunity to run.
Sorry Chip - not sure why this comment replied to you as well as the one below!
Aupouri is a 5/8 or half, floated around a few clubs in lower grades. Mostly seems like a runner more than an organiser. Pretty quick.
Jack Miller is a very good prospect in the back row. Solid lad, hits and runs hard. Reminds me a bit of Nigel Plum. Was playing for Wenty Magpies last year i believe.
Elia Faatui was a prop in lower grades at Manly
McGuiggan was around the squad as a fringe player last year. Solid player, tries hard. Not sure how quick he is though.