Early team news for Round 10!
Mon 13 May 2019, 03:58 PM
After pulling through the NRL Magic Round Weekend with two points and no major injuries, Wests Tigers will head to AAMI Park this week to face the Melbourne Storm in Round 10.
The return of Benji Marshall from a hamstring strain suffered in Round 3 proved key for Wests Tigers as the side chalked up five tries inside the opening 17 minutes of the game en route to a dominant win over the Penrith Panthers.
Marshall, Luke Brooks, Robbie Farah and Moses Mbye were all superb individually and together as a spine during the game, and Maguire will no doubt be looking to the quartet again this week to get the job done against the Storm.
With Josh Reynolds (knee) likely to miss this week, Maguire should have a relatively unchanged side at his disposal for the Thursday night clash, with Josh Aloiai back in contention for selection after sitting out last week’s game with concussion.
His omission saw Oliver Clark make his first-grade debut against the Panthers, with the young prop particularly strong in his contact in his limited time on the field.
Clark will again be in contention for selection, and it’ll be interesting to see whether he can retain his spot in the side once again, with the likes of Aloiai, Luke Garner, Russell Packer and Elijah Taylor all not selected in the forward pack in Round 9.
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For the Storm, Coach Craig Bellamy will be without key outside backs Jahrome Hughes and Curtis Scott after the pair picked up injuries during Magic Round.
The Origin-hopeful Scott suffered a fractured foot in the win, while Hughes will be forced to sit out this week due to a concussion sustained during Maika Sivo’s high tackle midway through the second half that saw the Eels winger sent to the sin bin.
Scott himself was a late inclusion to the side on Saturday in place of Marion Seve — who appears the likely replacement for Scott this week — while Ryan Papenhuyzen will likely shift to the back in place of Hughes after coming off the bench.
Along with Seve, Billy Walters, Patrick Kaufusi and Joe Stimson could all come in to the 17 having been named in the extended squad in the past two weeks.
Both sides will name their 21-man squads at 4:00pm on Tuesday before omitting two players 24 hours before kickoff (7:50pm, Wednesday). Final 17-man team lists will then be confirmed one hour before kickoff on Thursday at 6:50pm AEST.