All the Round 13 team news!
Tue 4 Aug 2020, 04:00 PM
Wests Tigers Life Members Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence will each play their 250th game for the club this Saturday against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The pair will become just the second and third players respectively in Wests Tigers history to reach the milestone — with Robbie Farah (277 games) the other — and also currently sit atop the club’s all-time top try-scorers list with 84 tries each for Wests Tigers.
Marshall will start in the number seven jersey alongside Luke Brooks, with the local junior recalled to the starting side having spent the past three weeks coming off the bench. Brooks’ inclusion isn’t the only change in the spine from last week’s side, with a knee injury to Harry Grant seeing co-captain Moses Mbye shift to the number nine jersey.
Joseph Leilua and Russell Packer both return from suspension and take their place in the run-on side, while new recruit Asu “AJ” Kepaoa has been named to make his NRL debut on the wing.
Sam McIntyre earns a promotion to the starting side and has been named to start in the back row, with Lawrence shifting from the centres to the bench alongside fellow forwards Shawn Blore, Thomas Mikaele and utility Billy Walters.
Matt Eisenhuth also returns from a knee injury and replaces Alex Twal at lock, who is out with a minor rib complaint.
Wests Tigers went down 42-24 to Newcastle when they met back in Round 2 earlier this year, but hold a good recent head-to-head record against the Knights having won five of the last seven games between the two sides — including their last three games at McDonald Jones Stadium.
1 Adam Doueihi
2 David Nofoaluma
3 Joeseph Leilua
4 Tommy Talau
5 Asu Kepaoa
6 Luke Brooks
7 Benji Marshall
8 Josh Aloiai
9 Moses Mbye
10 Russel Packer
11 Luciano Leilua
12 Sam McIntyre
13 Matt Eisenhuth
14 Thomas Mikaele
15 Shawn Blore
16 Chris Lawrence
17 Billy Walters
18 Alex Seyfarth
19 Luke Garner
20 Josh Reynolds
21 Elijah Taylor
Speed2burn global:last_edited_by, Speed2burn
Didn’t see that coming at all
I like it
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I cant complain at all with that squad. Possibly Billy Walters starting at 9 and Mbye off the bench.
No Grant, No Twal…
Tommy & Asu on one side… My wish has been granted wooohoooo
Is Grant Injured ?
dazza65 global:last_edited_by, dazza65
both slight injuries supposedly so resting up
avocadoontoast global:last_edited_by, avocadoontoast
Twal was mentioned as injured but where is Grant?
EDIT: Soz knee injuury
I like Tommy in the centre’s with Asu on wing - could be very good…