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Bit worried this will lead to Warriors pulling out.

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40 minutes after having my leave approved, it’s declared a “hot spot”. Look like the only way I get some live Tigers this year is if they move the comp up here to Qld.

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Thanks for that. I hadn’t noticed I got an email for this week’s game . Guess i 'll have to see if I get lucky.

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Dumb question perhaps: How do I get tickets to the Warriors game at Campbo?

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https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/nofoaluma-or-ferguson-which-right-winger-gets-nod-if-blues-picked-tomorrow-20200707-p559um.html

David Nofoaluma is on the radar of NSW Origin officials, and if the Blues team was picked tomorrow you could make a serious case to give the unheralded Wests Tigers winger the nod ahead of incumbent Blake Ferguson.

Sydney Roosters flyer, and retired representative footballer, Brett Morris is arguably the most in-form winger in the NRL, but Nofoaluma is a close second based on his statistics.

The player listed at 182cm on the Tigers’ website will pose plenty of headaches for Wayne Bennett and South Sydney on Friday night.

Tigers coach Michael Maguire won a premiership at Souths, and challenged Nofoaluma to adopt a similar mindset to the one Greg Inglis had when dominating teams with his early carries.

"‘Madge’ has often spoken to me about Greg Inglis and his mentality and how he had this ability to change a game in a certain moment, or be that player to set an example in the back field and create something,’’ Nofoaluma said.

"I’m not anything like Greg Inglis and we’re totally different players. But it’s about trying to own the back field, own my position, and getting my teammates going.

"Madge gave me that challenge and I think I’m ticking all the boxes with those challenges.’’

Nofoaluma is averaging 184 run metres this season, compared to Ferguson’s 162m. He also leads the way in other key categories, including tries (8-0), line-breaks (8-1), tackle-busts (43-16) and offloads (9-4).

Ferguson has never disappointed for NSW, but has been below his lofty standards for competition leaders Parramatta.

Nofoaluma knows the Tigers will need to push deep into the finals, something the Eels already seem set to do, to boost his Origin case.

His immediate focus will be getting used to a new centre partner. Chris Lawrence is a big chance to start the game ahead of Michael Chee Kam, who has been named in the suspended Joey Leilua’s No. 4 jersey.

Leilua was given a four-match ban for collecting Penrith’s Dylan Edwards off the ball.

His ordinary week continued when he appeared to twinge a hamstring while running with the reserves at training on Tuesday. He was forced off the paddock early.

Nofoaluma said an emotional Leilua apologised to his teammates almost immediately in the sheds.

"He was emotional and told us he had let the team down and it wouldn’t happen again,’’ Nofoaluma said.

Meanwhile, skipper Moses Mbye revealed he survived a knee scare on the weekend against the Panthers - because he had no posterior cruciate ligament.

"I’ve had a bit of history on that [right] knee, and I was probably lucky on the weekend because after I hyper-extended it, I don’t have a PCL, otherwise I would have done it again,’’ Mbye said.

Of the post-match scenes involving Penrith coach Ivan Cleary blowing kisses to the Tigers fans he walked out on at the end of 2018, Mbye said: "It’s good to see coaches with a bit of humour. Everyone knows the history of Ivan and the Tigers - the roster we have is pretty much Ivan’s roster - but he was probably copping flak from the guy in front of him, but I’ve got no problems with it. It gives us something to flak about during the week.’’

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@Spud_Murphy said in Wests Tigers Team v Souths Rd 9:

@Masterton said in Wests Tigers Team v Souths Rd 9:

@Spud_Murphy said in Wests Tigers Team v Souths Rd 9:

Honestly, I’d rather see Benji have a go there. Pretty sure he’s played centre one or twice before and looked pretty good. He still has speed and skill. Everyone will say his defence is bad, but hey we’re currently going to go into the game MCK there instead - is there any difference defensively?

If I was going to play Benji (or Hoffman), I wouldn’t be naming him there yet.

Let’s hope that’s the case, but I won’t hold my breath. As someone above just said Madge doesn’t usually play games with team selections like some of our previous coaches did. What he names is what you usually get, barring any late injuries.

Wasn’t Sam Mac named outside the 17 initially?

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@Spud_Murphy said in Wests Tigers Team v Souths Rd 9:

Honestly, I’d rather see Benji have a go there. Pretty sure he’s played centre one or twice before and looked pretty good. He still has speed and skill. Everyone will say his defence is bad, but hey we’re currently going to go into the game MCK there instead - is there any difference defensively?

If I was going to play Benji (or Hoffman), I wouldn’t be naming him there yet.

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2 great games. Besides 114 metres and topping our tackle count, he had our quickest play the ball by a mile.

Our pack is starting to look like they can compete with the best when we’re full strength. If either Blore or Stefano live up to expectations, we could be real good.

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@Russell said in Harry Grant:

That article doesn’t sound promising that he will stay on.

I thought the opposite. If Cameron plays on, he’ll be chancing his arm. Hope we have a fair chunk of money put aside for him, because he’s probably our best player.