Western Suburbs Magpies Canterbury Cup Coach Brett Hodgson has named his side to take on the Penrith Panthers this Sunday for their Round 22 clash at Panthers Stadium.
Kickoff for the match is from 1:00pm AEST as the eighth-placed Magpies look to bounce back from a last start defeat and preserve their spot in the top eight.
Despite a number of injuries to the first-grade side, Hodgson will field several NRL squad members on Sunday with Dylan Smith, Kane Bradley, Robert Jennings, Josh Reynolds, Alex Seyfarth, Sam McIntyre and Robbie Rochow all named.
Kauri Aupouri returns from injury to captain the side at halfback, while Jersey Flegg-eligible forwards Michael Fenn, Ray Jankovic and Felix Smith are also named.
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
- Dylan Smith
- Kane Bradley
- Bilal Maarbani
- Watson Heleta
- Robert Jennings
- Josh Reynolds
- Kauri Aupouri (capt.)
- Alex Seyfarth
- Soni Luke
- Michael Fenn
- Jack Miller
- Sam McIntyre
- Robbie Rochow
8. Felix Smith
14. Harry O’Toole
18. Elia Faatui
19. Rajko Jankovic
20. Dylan Clifford
It’s so frustrating watching our backs make Jo metres in both CC and NRL. Making 5m a hit up simply isn’t good enough.
Aupouri is the most selfish player I’ve seen play CC for a long time. A halfback that runs the ball 95%of the time he touches the ball.
And McIntyre just has to be released. Try find someone that will take him off our hands. Such a stupid player
@WT2K Started at prop with Fenn. Killed it with his hitups. I’m sure he will replace Eisenhuth next year.
Wouldn’t say killed it. He had two good runs and two poor ones. Got smashed off the kick off
Our attack has been awful. Going one out. Backs haven’t touched the ball. Aupouri just absolutely rubbish, just keeps going himself. He hasn’t passed the ball once all half! 3 sets on their line in the dying minutes and he grubbered for himself on the 4th tackle all three times. Just so so poor
@balmain-boy 22 tackles and six runs. Commentators also saying he has been one of the best if not our best. Great game and continues to improve.
This is a very inexperienced side and they are putting in big time. Perhaps they’ll get outclassed in the end but for goodness sake give them a go.