Laurie steps in for Tigers
By Josh Massoud From: The Daily Telegraph August 26, 2009 12:01AM
JUST weeks after falling out with team management, dreadlocked wrecking ball Daine Laurie is back in the frame to rescue Wests Tigers’ injury-ravaged finals hopes.
With Chris Heighington (knee), John Skandalis (leg) and Keith Galloway (hand) all in doubt for Saturday’s must-win trip to the Gold Coast, an enthusiastic Laurie ripped into training at Concord yesterday.
The Tigers could also be without prop Bryce Gibbs, who will risk a three-match suspension when he contests the grading of a dangerous contact charge tonight.
Laurie was dropped 10 weeks ago after missing training in the wake of a family tragedy that saw him leave Sydney. But the 25-year-old did enough to earn himself a place on stand-by for Skandalis prior to last week’s clash against the Eels.
Tigers coach Tim Sheens yesterday bemoaned the team’s awful injury toll, which has also claimed wingers Taniela Tuiaki (broken leg) and Beau Ryan (knee) for the season.