Wests Tigers: 2020 round 1 predicted team
Chris Kennedy & Jamie Soward
Sat 28 Dec 2019, 10:01 AM
NRL.com says: Tommy Talau will push for a starting centre spot sooner rather than later. Moses Mbye could play centre or fullback, or even hooker depending how recent off-field issues concerning Josh Reynolds progress. Young Queensland recruit Jake Simpkin is also an option if promoted to the top 30 roster.
Former Dragon Luciano Leilua is in the frame for a starting edge spot but the club has plenty of forwards in every position pushing each other through pre-season.
Jamie Soward says: I’ve got Talau to start at centre with Mbye to hooker and Reynolds on the bench. I like the look of young Jake Simpkin at hooker but they’ve have to upgrade him from his development contract to play him before June 30.
Ollie Clark starts at prop so Aloiai and Twal can come off the bench together. Elijah Taylor keeps the starting lock spot because he’s important as a link man. I don’t have Leilua in my 17 for round one – he needs to improve his fitness and prove he wants to be in first grade.
NRL.com’s predicted Wests Tigers round 1 team
Others: Oliver Clark, Jacob Liddle, Sam McIntyre, Chris McQueen, Russell Packer, Alex Seyfarth, Dylan Smith, Tommy Talau, Billy Walters