Sharks v Wests Tigers: Cronulla lose Xerri; Tigers reshuffled
Author - NRL.com
Timestamp - Tue 26 May 2020, 04:17 PM
Cronulla and the Wests Tigers will both field new-look line-ups when they restart their season in round three.
The Sharks will welcome back Briton Nikora, and possibly fullback Matt Moylan, from injury, while Chad Townsend picked up a thumb injury at training but is little chance of missing the match. They will have to cope without Bronson Xerri who has been suspended after failing an ASADA drug test.
For the Tigers, co-captain Moses Mbye is over his knee injury while halfback Luke Brooks will also give them a timely injection of playmaking power alongside Benji Marshall.
Sharks: Matt Moylan has been named on the reserves and could be a late inclusion for his first game of the season after struggling with soft tissue injuries. Briton Nikora will return from a shoulder injury so Scott Sorensen has shifted to the interchange, with Billy Magoulias dropping to the extended bench. Cronulla have won their past six games against Wests Tigers.
Wests Tigers: A reshuffled backline features Adam Doueihi moving to fullback and Moses Mbye returning in the centres, with Corey Thompson out, while new signing Harry Grant starts at hooker. Thomas Mikaele starts at prop with Alex Twal moving to lock and Elijah Taylor out of the side. Oliver Clark, Billy Walters and Alex Seyfarth join Chris Lawrence on the bench. Michael Maguire has a fair reserves list at his disposal with Zane Musgrove, Josh Reynolds, Michael Chee Kam and Matt Eisenhuth waiting in the wings for a late call-up. Second-rower Luciano Leilua has scored in both games for Wests Tigers.