Wests Tigers Team v Penrith Official

All the Round 9 team news!
Dan Talintyre
Tue 7 May 2019, 03:58 PM

Oliver Clark will become Wests Tigers Player #224 after being named by Coach Michael Maguire to make his first-grade debut in Friday’s Round 9 clash against the Penrith Panthers.

Clark has been named on the bench for his NRL debut after impressing in his first full season with Wests Tigers, having joined the club midway through the season last year after an immediate switch from this week’s opponents, Penrith.

A Quakers Hill junior, Clark is a powerful prop who has featured in numerous junior representative sides for New South Wales already in his short career, and will add plenty to the Wests Tigers engine room this week against the Panthers.

Clark’s inclusion comes in place of Josh Aloiai, who is sidelined this week.

After a disappointing defeat to the Sydney Roosters in Round 8, Wests Tigers have also been boosted by the inclusion of Benji Marshall at five-eighth after the playmaker was a late omission last week. Marshall has not featured since picking up a hamstring injury in Round 3, but is expected to play this week alongside Luke Brooks in the halves in what will be his 293rd first-grade appearance.

Matt Eisenhuth starts his first game of the year after coming off the bench in the last five games, with Elijah Taylor dropping back to the reserves in jersey 19.

Taylor is joined on the reserves by Paul Momirovski and Russell Packer — who both featured for the club’s Canterbury Cup side last week — along with Michael Chee Kam, who is available for selection again after serving a two-game suspension.

Jacob Liddle retains his place on the bench after a strong return to the NRL arena last week, with the hooker impressing in limited minutes against the Roosters.

Wests Tigers will travel to Brisbane tomorrow ahead of Friday’s Magic Round clash against the Panthers, and will provide an updated 19-man squad 24 hours before kickoff (6:00pm, Thursday). Final 17-man team lists for both sides will then be announced one hour before the Round 9 clash at Suncorp Stadium.

  1. Moses Mbye
  2. Mahe Fonua
  3. Robert Jennings
  4. Esan Marsters
  5. Corey Thompson
  6. Benji Marshall
  7. Luke Brooks
  8. Ben Matulino
  9. Robbie Farah
  10. Alex Twal
  11. Ryan Matterson
  12. Chris McQueen
  13. Matt Eisenhuth
  14. Jacob Liddle
  15. Thomas Mikaele
  16. Oliver Clark
  17. Luke Garner
  18. Paul Momirovski
  19. Elijah Taylor
  20. Michael Chee-Kam
  21. Russell Packer
last edited by Geo

@Geo I think Clark was ALWAYS going to be in the 17 this year once he’d shaken his injury, so this is hardly surprising - however it is still well and truly deserved.

Rip in young lad!

Masters gets rewarded again for another poor performance…the coach is all talk if ever a player need a wake up call it is Masters ! Mbye same…

@underdog I think this is a good week to play him… also would’ve liked Liddle to play the 80 this week with Farah to have a rest.

Aloiai - ‘sidelined’, as in injured?

@Hbom said in Wests Tigers Team v Penrith Official:

Aloiai - ‘sidelined’, as in injured?

Came off in Disneyland at the end of the Rorters game…didn’t pass HIA protocols

Congrats, Oliver. Rip in mate 🐯

Hopefully Clark rips in!
He’s coming off the best game he’s had for us in NSW Cup so his confidence should at least be high!

With limited options he’s the only prop left in the squad if Madge really wants to tell Packer to pull the finger out! Which he seemingly does. Might as well see how he goes against his former team.

No surprises with the rest of the team. Nof must be injured or about to change clubs.

Its hard to believe the 1 to 5 is unchanged but I suppose the cupboard is a bit bare. Good luck to Oliver, hope he has a good one.

Yes! @gallagher as much as I admire Corey and Mahe with the 110% effort they give us each game. I just think the days of having to many small men on the fringes in an NRL capacity has passed. I hope at some stage this year Bradley (when his allowed to play) and Smith (as a winger) get some game time.

Only a matter of time before people start turning on Maguire. He really needs to understand this club and understand it fast. The fans have had enough of players not being accountable for poor performances.

Picking Clark solves absolutely nothing.

Don’t mind seeing Clark get a go - I watched him closely in the game we slip against the Bulldogs, he was performing strongly until receiving a nasty smack in the chops and it’s pretty clear hes starting to kick on with a full offseason in the top squad. He’ll get through more work in the middle than Packer too.

Happy to see how the new bloke goes, good luck and go nuts!!

McQueen has been better than I expected without setting it on fire but I still think Garner offers more and should start.

I don’t even have a bench spot for McQueen
I’d have MCK on the bench, for his versatility and I think he provides more impact than McQueen would off the bench.

Hopefully Liddle gets a little more game time this week, I’m still not sold on him but he definitely lifted us last week.

From what I saw from him in Canterbury Cup …
Clark deserves his spot.
The back line is still lacking many things but as many have said already, it’s about the best that we have at present.
I’m hoping that we can have couple of changes to the roster by 30th June and with that and addition of our development players to NRL roster Maguire should have a few more options and experiment.

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