Wests Tigers have full confidence in Josh Reynolds replacing Benji Marshall, says Moses Mbye



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    Wests Tigers captain Moses Mbye says his side is fully behind Josh Reynolds starting in the halves if Benji Marshall is ruled out of this Friday night’s clash with the Panthers in Penrith.

    Marshall hobbled off the pitch with a hamstring injury with 15 minutes to play in Sunday’s shock loss to the Bulldogs at Campbelltown Stadium. The veteran playmaker is expected to be sidelined for at least a week, allowing Reynolds a chance to stake his claim for a spot in Michael Maguire’s first grade side.

    After vying with Marshall over the off-season for a spot in the halves, Reynolds has starred for Wests in the Canterbury Cup over the first three weeks of the season.

    With the Tigers coming off their first defeat of the year, Mbye is adamant the side won’t be too disrupted by Reynolds’ inclusion.

    “We spent three months over summer grinding it out in pre-season,” Mbye told media on Tuesday.

    "Josh and Benji were … you didn’t know who was going to play in round one until the Tuesday prior to playing Manly.

    "So we’ve spent plenty of time together on the training paddock.

    "It’s not a major concern considering we spent all that time together in opposed sessions.

    "He’s had a couple of really good performances in Canterbury Cup and the boys have full confidence in Josh to be able to come in and do his role.

    "He’s a first grade player, he’s an Origin player. He’s won an Origin series before, he’s played in two Grand Finals.

    “He’s a quality first grader and he knows what to do out there. I’ve got full trust in him.”

    Wests Tigers have full confidence in Josh Reynolds replacing Benji Marshall, says Moses Mbye

    Wests Tigers captain Moses Mbye says his side is fully behind Josh Reynolds starting in the halves if Benji Marshall is ruled out of this Friday night’s clash with the Panthers in Penrith.

    Marshall hobbled off the pitch with a hamstring injury with 15 minutes to play in Sunday’s shock loss to the Bulldogs at Campbelltown Stadium.

    The veteran playmaker [is expected to be sidelined for at least a week, allowing Reynolds a chance to stake his claim for a spot in Michael Maguire’s first grade side.

    After vying with Marshall over the off-season for a spot in the halves, Reynolds has starred for Wests in the Canterbury Cup over the first three weeks of the season.

    With the Tigers coming off their first defeat of the year, Mbye is adamant the side won’t be too disrupted by Reynolds’ inclusion.

    “We spent three months over summer grinding it out in pre-season,” Mbye told media on Tuesday.

    "Josh and Benji were … you didn’t know who was going to play in round one until the Tuesday prior to playing Manly.

    "So we’ve spent plenty of time together on the training paddock.

    "It’s not a major concern considering we spent all that time together in opposed sessions.

    "He’s had a couple of really good performances in Canterbury Cup and the boys have full confidence in Josh to be able to come in and do his role.

    "He’s a first grade player, he’s an Origin player. He’s won an Origin series before, he’s played in two Grand Finals.

    “He’s a quality first grader and he knows what to do out there. I’ve got full trust in him.”

    The Tigers received a decent spray from Maguire after falling to the previously winless Bulldogs, but Mbye said it’s nothing he hasn’t experienced before.

    “He showed a bit of his passion, but I’ve been coached by Des Hasler before, so Madge’s sprays were on par,” he said.

    "He was disappointed with our performance, as we all were. Those weren’t our standards and we’re looking to bounce back from that.

    “We’ve had a good recovery and we’re focusing on the game.”

    Mbye, who played 11 first grade games under Ivan Cleary last year, wouldn’t weigh-in on the drama surrounding the coach’s new team, the Panthers.

    Mbye’s Tigers travel west to play their old mentor this Friday, but Mbye had nothing but praise for Cleary.

    “Ivan’s a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for and he’s a very respected man,” he said.

    "The reason Penrith wanted him out there for five years is for that reason.

    “He’s a good coach and a good guy and that’s how I see him.”



  • Stop with the mamby pamby we respect Ivan blah blah blah ….meh

    You want to tear his heart out and stomp on it and kick his son in the goolies until his old man says "I quit "

    I want to the see the old hatred that Wests and Penrith had when all the ex Magpies like Darren Brown and Manoa Thompson went to Penrith after Ryan was sacked and see Skando licking the blood off his lip with a smile on his dial

    I say we declare WAR on those Poncy Panthers and bring hell with us …😡



  • Welcome back Josh, I hope you have a blinder and kick butt on Friday night and keep Benji sidelined.



  • C’mon HT, don’t beat around the bush , say what you really think.
    Perfect scenario is tigers win this weekend, tigers make the finals, panfers miss the finals and the Toad sacks Ivan again!



  • Glad WTs have confidence in him… I don’t unfortunately… Love his passion but he’s not the same player since he arrived at Concord



  • I am hopeful Josh can get through the game unscathed.



  • Two key thoughts:
    We can’t keep going with no backs on our bench.
    We lost Benji, we lost the game by 14 points against a side we should have beaten comfortably.

    Reynolds will be a good addition because Brooks is the Common factor in all of this. Should help give him ownership as long as Robbie treats him as first reciever.



  • Reynolds seems to get excited very easily…and then when under the pump he loses composure, starts playing for himself,little chips & grubbers when nothings on etc…he needs to keep calm and focused for 80 for us the get the best from him



  • @Harvey:

    I am hopeful Josh can get through the game unscathed.

    Me too, he is due some luck, I think if he can stay fit he will be an asset, I mean he doesn’t have to play real well to be better than what Benji has been dishing up



  • Mbye is a first grade talker.
    Doesn’t deliver on the field.

    No confidence in him.



  • I’ll second that. Ive no doubt he will be at least as good as Marshall. I mean really, it’s pretty hard to not reach that level. I’m hoping that we won’t be kicking on the 3rd and 4th as much now with Benchy out. 🙏



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