Early team news for Round 16



  • Early team news for Round 16
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    Dan Talintyre
    Timestamp
    Mon 1 Jul 2019, 03:54 PM

    Benji Marshall will likely lead Wests Tigers on Friday night as Michael Maguire’s side look to record their third win in a row when they take on the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium.

    It was Marshall who captained Wests Tigers in Round 11 when Moses Mbye sat out with injury, and the veteran playmaker will likely assume the captaincy duties once again with the regular skipper unavailable due to State of Origin commitments.

    On field, Maguire’s options are open for who will take Mbye’s centre spot.

    Paul Momirovski was the man who filled in for the Queensland representative back in Round 11 and looms as a possible inclusion with Mahe Fonua (foot) out injured, but Maguire does have alternatives in Michael Chee Kam and Tommy Talau.

    Chee Kam was once again the man of the moment after scoring the match-winner last week, and actually replaced Mbye at centre during Round 15 when he went off field for a concussion test, while Talau’s recent promotion from his Development contract to the Top 30 NRL squad means he is eligible for selection this week.

    Chee-Kam scores the match-winner again

    Elsewhere, Josh Aloiai should be in line to return after sitting out last week with illness with Oliver Clark coming in to the side on game day as his replacement.

    Aloiai had initially been named to start at prop with Ben Matulino (knee) injured.

    Likely to be selected as part of the Blues squad for Game Three, Ryan Matterson’s inclusion for Wests Tigers could come down to Tuesday night’s Judiciary hearing with St. George-Illawarra Dragons forward Tariq Sims pleading not guilty to his late tackle on Michael Morgan, which threatens to rule him out for Game Three.

    If Sims is found guilty, Matterson could come on to the bench for what would be his Origin debut, but that would rule him out for Wests Tigers this week.

    Sims’ hearing is scheduled to begin from 7:00pm AEST on Tuesday, July 2.

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    For the Roosters, Coach Trent Robinson is set to welcome back a number of key players for Friday’s game against Wests Tigers as the Tricolours look to end a tough run of form that has seen them win just one of their past five matches.

    Captain Jake Friend (biceps) and Luke Keary (concussion) are both a chance of returning from long-term injuries, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring), Ryan Hall (personal) and Sitili Tupouniua (illness) are all expected to be included.

    Keary had originally been listed to return in next Sunday’s game against the North Queensland Cowboys on the Central Coast for his comeback date, but has passed all return to play protocols and completed three weeks of contact training unscathed.

    Friend is considered to return this week, but is still considered a chance to play.

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    With James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner both unavailable due to State of Origin duties, Joseph Manu looms as the man likely to switch back to fullback while Mitchell Aubusson and Nat Butcher could both be in line to start the game.

    Both teams will name their 21-man squads for Round 16 at 4:00pm AEST on Tuesday before omitting two players each 24 hours before kickoff.

    Final team lists will be confirmed one hour before kickoff (6:55pm, Friday).



  • Chuck Tommy Talau in I reckon, because Momirovski would be a conservative selection and I think we need a bit of youth and energy in this side.

    Or put it another way, Madge has preferentially selected Marsters, Mbye, Fonua and Jennings ahead of Mommers all year, but Talau has been promoted, so you might as well start playing the kid you rate, if he’s up to it.

    Luke Keary - one more head slam away from retirement? Saw a few accidental/not backslams on the weekend and I fear for that kid.



  • @TheDaBoss said in Early team news for Round 16:

    Early team news for Round 16

    Captain Jake Friend (biceps) and Luke Keary (concussion) are both a chance of returning from long-term injuries, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring), Ryan Hall (personal) and Sitili Tupouniua (illness) are all expected to be included.

    Keary had originally been listed to return in next Sunday’s game against the North Queensland Cowboys on the Central Coast for his comeback date, but has passed all return to play protocols and completed three weeks of contact training unscathed.

    Every single time. Without fail.

    Its about time our forwards got offended and put one of these returning players back on the injured list.

    They obviously think we are an easy team to return against.



  • @jirskyr Talau has been named on Bench (along with Seyforth) for U/20s SOO They go into Camp apparently on July 5th which is Game Day vs Roosters so unlikely he’ll be available if picked for Tigers unless released.



  • Looks like Matterson will be available, he wasn’t picked for NSW


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    I think it’s funny that a lot don’t even want Benji in the team and MAGUIRE will more than likely make him the Captain …

    Oh well should make for an interesting team list Tuesday



  • I’d go with Momirovski at centre. Prefer having mck adding impact off the bench. Plus, momi should have a good idea on the chooks plays having come from there.



  • @Geo said in Early team news for Round 16:

    I think it’s funny that a lot don’t even want Benji in the team and MAGUIRE will more than likely make him the Captain …

    Oh well should make for an interesting team list Tuesday

    I find it even funnier how our big problem was BM and RF according to some on this forum. So after we got rid of them we roared into 15th place on F and A. And here they are back a couple of years later. its almost like people have agendas



  • Without stating the obvious this game is massive for us and the season… WE win and we stay in contact with the 8 with a lot of teams having the bye but a lose puts us back with the 4 teams behind… Win this week and next that will have us in the 8 and some serious momentum heading into the last part of the year… Fingers crossed.



  • @kiwitiger said in Early team news for Round 16:

    @Geo said in Early team news for Round 16:

    I think it’s funny that a lot don’t even want Benji in the team and MAGUIRE will more than likely make him the Captain …

    Oh well should make for an interesting team list Tuesday

    I find it even funnier how our big problem was BM and RF according to some on this forum. So after we got rid of them we roared into 15th place on F and A. And here they are back a couple of years later. its almost like people have agendas

    I was totally against JT and his mission to oust Farah, that move set us back years, Marshall chose to leave, I was happy for them to come back for 2018, wasn’t keen on 2019, but I am deadest against either playing next year.



  • I’d probably be inclined to start Momo and keep MCK on the bench for the utility value he provides. Momo is a plodder but he’s pretty safe at least. I don’t like our chances in this one though, we usually get steamrolled through the middle and Latrell destroyed us out wide a few weeks ago.



  • MCK has to come off the bench. Never plays as good when he starts the game. Marsters is the one I want to see fire up. Was schooled last time against Roosters and his form of late has been a bit concerning.



  • Give Momo a chance against his old club, I’m sure he’ll be hungry to prove a point.

    And Chee is a beast as an impact player running at tired defenders, much prefer him coming off the bench than starting.



  • On NRL 360 last night Madge said that Packer has now overcome his injuries and is “right to go”…I wonder when we will see his name on the Team list again…



  • @tigerap said in Early team news for Round 16:

    On NRL 360 last night Madge said that Packer has now overcome his injuries and is “right to go”…I wonder when we will see his name on the Team list again…

    Yep, he said the only thing keeping Packer, Reynolds and Matulino out of the NRL team is their bodies, I don’t believe that


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