Western Suburbs Magpies Canterbury Cup Coach Brett Hodgson has named his side to take on the Wentworthville Magpies this Sunday for their Round 17 clash at Bankwest Stadium.
Kickoff for the match is at 1:50pm AEST with the match taking place as a curtain-raiser to the NRL fixture between Wests Tigers and Parramatta on the day.
After a last-start loss to the North Sydney Bears on Sunday, Hodgson has named a new-look halves combination for this week’s game with youngster Max Burey slotting in at five-eighth alongside 2019 Development Player Jock Madden.
Watson Heleta starts at fullback with Dylan Smith back on the bench, while Tommy Talau and Alex Seyfarth return from their NSW U/20’s commitments to join the side.
After a long lay-off, Russell Packer has been named at prop to make his return from injury with Luke Garner named in the back row and will captain the side.
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
- Watson Heleta
- Harry O’Toole
- Tommy Talau
- Kane McQuiggin
- Kane Bradley
- Max Burey
- Jock Madden
- Russell Packer
- Soni Luke
- Patrice Siolo
- Luke Garner (capt.)
- Sam McIntyre
- Alex Seyfarth
- Dylan Smith
- Elia Faatui
- Jack Miller
- Ray Jankovic
- Dylan Clifford
- Bilal Maarbani
Coach: Brett Hodgson
How on earth do mcGuiggana nd O’Toole keep their spots int he team? They are way out of their league. The fact our second leading try scorer, and one of our better backs is repeatedly on the bench/dropped (Maarbani) in favour of them is insulting. Hodgson’s team lists have been very poor. He really does seem to be a hopeless coach.
Smith must start, done nothing wrong and been very solid past few weeks. heleta offers nothing but should get a spot over one of the plodders i mentioned above.
Hopefully with Reynolds, Momirovski and Clark this team can perform better.
Thanks for the replies re Smith fellas…
Seems he is not up to it, so another prospect wasting time. Watson Heleta has been in regggies seeminingly FOREVER and was never going to make it also.
If they are not up to it, it is time we just move them along quickly. Reggies needs to be a place where guys are being groomed for firsts, not just wasting time.
Look at the Storm and Chooks. All their reggies come in and look like firsts.
Concern has always been his lack of speed, positionally good, and there is some concern when he comes into the line his tempo at times is poor. I don’t think though he should not be dropped from this side, he could at least be on otoole’s wing if they are going to move him. Surprised youngCini didn’t get a bench spot, and maybe they will use Dillon at fullback in a few rounds time when he returns from foot injury, who knows, I agree with Balmain boy, give them a run, see where there really at in terms of there development