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Everything you need to know for Sunday’s trial!
Wests Tigers
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Fri 28 Feb 2020, 10:05 AM

Wests Tigers will head across the Tasman this Sunday to take on the New Zealand Warriors for their final trial match before the 2020 season officially gets underway.

A strong Wests Tigers side has been named for Sunday’s game including all five new recruits, while co-captains Benji Marshall and Moses Mbye will also join regular first-graders such as Corey Thompson, David Nofoaluma and Alex Twal in the side.

With both sides emerging with a loss in their first trial match but naming their strongest sides available for the clash in Rotorua, Sunday is set to be a blockbuster event that certainly gives some insight to how the year will unfold.

The two sides squared off last year in a trial match at Whangarei with the Warriors claiming a 26-16 win on the day, but the visitors would get their revenge less than a month later when they piled on the points en route to a big win in Round 2.

Coach Michael Maguire has already said the key for his side will be how the new combinations fare out in the middle amidst a number of intriguing storylines.

Michael Maguire previews Warriors trial and 2020 preparationsMichael Maguire previews Warriors trial and 2020 preparations
Michael Maguire previews Warriors trial and 2020 preparationsMichael Maguire previews Warriors trial and 2020 preparations

The Leilua brothers are set to unite on the same side of the field for the first time in an NRL match this year, with their potency in attack a huge potential weapon for Wests Tigers in 2020. The pair haven’t ever been a part of the same club, let alone the same side of the field before, and could offer a genuine X-factor to Maguire playing on a talented right edge controlled by the evergreen Marshall.

In the middle, Billy Walters gets first crack at the number nine jersey after a good performance last week with Josh Reynolds set to come off the bench. With Mbye named in the centres, Walters and Reynolds appear set to battle it out for the hooking duties on Sunday — a result which could certainly come in to the thinking for who starts at hooker come Round 1 in a fortnight’s time.

The Warriors also come in to Sunday’s game with their fair share of questions at this point of the season. Injuries to several middle forwards in recent weeks have compounded a frustrating injury situation, but there’s still more than enough talent in Stephen Kearney’s side to cover the loss of depth up front.

The return of Adam Blair and Kodi Nikorima from representative duties, along with the inclusion of Tohu Harris, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, David Fusitu’a, Blake Green, Ken Maumalo and Isaiah Papali’i, sees the home side name a very strong squad all up and will certainly offer plenty of challenges in both attack and defence.

The trial match will be live streamed on www.weststigers.com.au, while coverage is also available via FOX League (Ch.502) and KAYO Sports.

Leilua x Leilua: Double TroubleLeilua x Leilua: Double Trouble
Leilua x Leilua: Double TroubleLeilua x Leilua: Double Trouble

MATCH DETAILS
Date — Sunday, March 1, 2019

Time — 12:00pm AEDT (2:00pm local)

Venue — Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, New Zealand

TV, LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via FOX League (Australia only), SKY Sport (New Zealand)

Live Stream — Free via www.weststigers.com.au, Kayo Sports (subscription required)

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TEAM LISTS
Wests Tigers

  1. Corey Thompson 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye (capt.) 5. Robert Jennings 6. Benji Marshall (capt.) 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Billy Walters 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Josh Aloiai (Interchange: 14. Michael Chee Kam 15. Josh Reynolds 16. Adam Doueihi 17. Oliver Clark 18. Chris Lawrence 19. Alex Seyfarth 20. Chris McQueen 21. Zane Musgrove 22. Tommy Talau 23. Elijah Taylor)

New Zealand Warriors

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (capt.) 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Hayze Perham 4. David Fusitu’a 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Wayde Egan 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Adam Blair 12. Tohu Harris 13. Isaiah Papali’i (Interchange: 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 17. Karl Lawton 18. Paul Turner 20. Taane Milne 21. Josh Curran 24. Peta Hiku 25. Lachlan Burr 26. Eliesa Katoa 27. Edward Kosi 28. Leivaha Pulu)
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he recently invested 10mil into grassroots footy

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Y up I am in

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The Rejects

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Do we leave the current one?

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@guyofthetiger said in NRL Supercoach DRAFT 2020.:

A reminder all to transfer over to new league.

Shall I postpone the draft to the following week?

Cheers for the reminder…will re join… new league…

Intrested to see how I go with draft…
Haven’t done it before

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Who’ll make the top eight? NRL.com experts have their say
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Thu 27 Feb 2020, 04:01 PM
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Right now, every fan base has concocted reasons as to why the 2020 season will end with finals football.

But what do the experts at NRL.com think is going to happen. Will last year’s top eight return? Which side that missed out last year is best placed to make the jump over the next seven months?

NRL.com experts view
Steve Renouf (Maroons legend)

  1. Roosters
  2. Sea Eagles
  3. Storm
  4. Rabbitohs
  5. Raiders
  6. Eels
  7. Cowboys
  8. Broncos

I have the Broncos just making the eight but for me, they are still a wait and see. They need a huge improvement from the way they finished last season.

Soward’s Say: 2020 StormSoward’s Say: 2020 Storm
Soward’s Say: 2020 StormSoward’s Say: 2020 Storm
Jamie Soward (Premiership winner)

  1. Eels
  2. Storm
  3. Raiders
  4. Roosters
  5. Broncos
  6. Panthers
  7. Sea Eagles
  8. Rabbitohs

The Eels have recruited really well by picking up Ryan Matterson and Reagan Campbell-Gillard and should be stronger than last year. If they’re going to end the title drought stemming back to 1986, this is the year.

Alicia Newton (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Sea Eagles
  2. Storm
  3. Roosters
  4. Eels
  5. Raiders
  6. Knights
  7. Panthers
    8. Wests Tigers

I’m expecting some big changes to the top eight this season with the Sea Eagles to sit on top by the end of it. Newcastle, Penrith and Wests Tigers to break into the finals for 2020 with Sharks, Rabbitohs and Broncos falling out.

Soward’s Say: 2020 CowboysSoward’s Say: 2020 Cowboys
Soward’s Say: 2020 CowboysSoward’s Say: 2020 Cowboys
Margie McDonald (NRL.com senior reporter)

  1. Rabbitohs
  2. Raiders
  3. Storm
  4. Eels
  5. Roosters
  6. Sea Eagles
  7. Broncos
  8. Knights

The one caveat is “no injures” but a healthy South Sydney with that backline and those mobile, ball-playing forwards should win the JJ Giltinan Shield this year. I’m not sure they can win the Provan-Summons Trophy but the minor premiership is well within their grasp.

Zac Bailey (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Rosters
  2. Eels
  3. Storm
  4. Raiders
  5. Rabbitohs
  6. Panthers
  7. Sea Eagles
  8. Broncos

Brad Arthur has built a strong squad that should challenge for the premiership in 2020. After finishing fifth last year, the additions of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Ryan Matterson strengthen Parramatta’s pack. Expectation is one thing that could cruel the Eels but I see them finishing in the top two this year.

Chris Kennedy (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Roosters
  2. Storm
  3. Eels
  4. Rabbitohs
  5. Sea Eagles
  6. Raiders
    7.Cowboys
  7. Broncos

History tells us two-to-three sides change over each season but I’m struggling to see many teams from last year’s bottom eight improving enough to return to the finals. With plenty of added spark, I can see the Cowboys coming in while a few roster issues will cause trouble for the Sharks.

Soward’s Say: 2020 EelsSoward’s Say: 2020 Eels
Soward’s Say: 2020 EelsSoward’s Say: 2020 Eels
Brad Walter (NRL.com senior reporter)

  1. Raiders
  2. Cowboys
  3. Sea Eagles
  4. Storm
  5. Roosters
  6. Rabbitohs
  7. Sharks
  8. Dragons

The Raiders went so close last year and now have a top rate halfback in George Williams, while the Cowboys have refreshed with the addition of Valentine Holmes, a slimmed-down Jason Taumalolo and the dummy half double-team of Jake Granville and Reece Robson.

Paul Suttor (NRL.com editor)

  1. Rabbitohs
  2. Raiders
  3. Eels
  4. Roosters
  5. Broncos
  6. Sharks
  7. Knights
  8. Storm

South Sydney’s acquisition of Latrell Mitchell is a game changer and once he gets some reps at fullback, they will surge up the ladder while the Knights will be this year’s big improvers.

Soward’s Say: 2020 Sea EaglesSoward’s Say: 2020 Sea Eagles
Soward’s Say: 2020 Sea EaglesSoward’s Say: 2020 Sea Eagles
Katie Brown (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Rabbitohs
  2. Raiders
  3. Roosters
  4. Storm
  5. Sea Eagles
  6. Eels
  7. Cowboys
  8. Knights

I said they’d win it in 2019, but with the addition of Latrell Mitchell I now really believe Wayne Bennett’s Rabbitohs can claim the premiership.

Mary Konstantopoulos (Ladies Who League)

  1. Roosters
  2. Rabbitohs
  3. Storm
  4. Raiders
  5. Sea Eagles
  6. Eels
  7. Broncos
  8. Knights

The Knights are the team that snare eighth spot this year ahead of the Wests Tigers and Sharks. The Roosters remain the team to beat and Latrell Mitchell to help Souths surge towards the top of the ladder.

Soward’s Say: 2020 SharksSoward’s Say: 2020 Sharks
Soward’s Say: 2020 SharksSoward’s Say: 2020 Sharks
Maria Tsialis (Big League editor)

  1. Roosters
  2. Rabbitohs
  3. Eels
  4. Sea Eagles
  5. Raiders
  6. Storm
  7. Broncos
  8. Knights

The Eels and Sea Eagles are my teams to watch this season. If the Sea Eagles can stay at full strength I think they’ll be a massive shot at taking out the title. Though I’ve put the Storm much lower than they usually finish, I also wouldn’t rule out another minor premiership win.

Martin Lenehan (NRL.com senior journalist)

  1. Eels
  2. Raiders
  3. Roosters
  4. Rabbitohs
  5. Broncos
  6. Sea Eagles
  7. Storm
  8. Cowboys

The Eels have added X-factor with Ryan Matterson and they are poised to break a 34-year premiership drought while the Storm will slide and the Cowboys will be the surprise packets with a new stadium and a handy new fullback.

South Sydney recruit Latrell Mitchell.
South Sydney recruit Latrell Mitchell.
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Brett Keeble (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Roosters
  2. Rabbitohs
  3. Storm
  4. Sea Eagles
  5. Knights
  6. Eels
  7. Broncos
  8. Raiders

Despite losing Cronk and Mitchell, the Roosters still look like the team to beat. Trent Robinson will ensure they are motivated, not burdened, by the opportunity to become the first team in almost 40 years to win three straight premierships.

Lone Scout (NRL.com Fantasy expert)

  1. Roosters
  2. Eels
  3. Storm
  4. Rabbitohs
  5. Raiders
  6. Sea Eagles
  7. Broncos
  8. Knights

Parramatta have a great early draw and are one of the few top teams who should improve this year. Brisbane’s impressive youngsters will continue to improve so they should play finals footy and with a new coach on board I’ve tipped the Knights to sneak by the Cowboys, Sharks and Panthers into eighth.

Soward’s Say: 2020 BroncosSoward’s Say: 2020 Broncos
Soward’s Say: 2020 BroncosSoward’s Say: 2020 Broncos
Tanisha Stanton (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Rabbitohs
  2. Roosters
  3. Raiders
  4. Storm
  5. Cowboys
  6. Eels
  7. Sharks
  8. Sea Eagles

The top four won’t change in 2020 but I think we will see the Bunnies rise to the top if they can stay clear of injuries. Latrell Mitchell will create a new dynamic and it will be up to the forwards to create a platform for Cody Walker and Adam Reynolds. The Roosters won’t make it easy for them though.

Troy Whittaker (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Raiders
  2. Eels
  3. Rabbitohs
  4. Panthers
  5. Roosters
  6. Broncos
  7. Dragons
  8. Sharks

The youthful Panthers will deliver on their potential this season led by a dominant Nathan Cleary. A grittier Dragons side will rebound from the doldrums and will make the finals, while the Storm will miss out for just the fourth time in club history.

Corey Rosser (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Storm
  2. Roosters
  3. Eels
  4. Raiders
  5. Broncos
  6. Rabbitohs
  7. Sea Eagles
  8. Sharks

I can see the same eight teams from last year’s play-offs being there again in 2020, with Brisbane my big improvers as their youthful forward pack starts to come into its own. Parramatta have an even better roster this season and I expect them to jump a couple of ladder positions as a result.

Todd Balym (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Roosters
  2. Cowboys
  3. Storm
  4. Eels
  5. Raiders
  6. Rabbitohs
  7. Knights
  8. Broncos

Even without Cooper Cronk, the Roosters remain the team to beat. The Cowboys could be the big improvers. Their forward pack underperformed last year and the arrival of Val Holmes, Esan Marsters and development of Josh Drinkwater will ease the pressure on Michael Morgan.

Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson.
Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson.
©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos
Holly Hazlewood (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Storm
  2. Raiders
  3. Roosters
  4. Eels
  5. Sea Eagles
  6. Rabbitohs
  7. Panthers
  8. Cowboys

Latrell Mitchell’s move to Souths has been the talk of the off-season but can he help the Bunnies overcome the massive losses of Sam and George Burgess, John Sutton and Greg Inglis?

Jonathan Healy (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Raiders
  2. Storm
  3. Roosters
  4. Sea Eagles
  5. Cowboys
  6. Panthers
  7. Sharks
  8. Rabbitohs

No reason to suggest much will change right at the top, but expect the Cowboys and Panthers to be among the teams to be pushing hard for a finals berth.

Joel Gould (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Rabbitohs
  2. Roosters
  3. Sea Eagles
  4. Storm
  5. Broncos
  6. Raiders
  7. Eels
  8. Cowboys

The Rabbitohs have a backline for the ages, a spine to be reckoned with and a pack of young forwards with plenty of upside about them. There is a mood at Redfern that suggests something special is coming. I also expect the Cowboys to be the big movers.

Former NRL stars predict the wild card team of 2020Former NRL stars predict the wild card team of 2020
Former NRL stars predict the wild card team of 2020Former NRL stars predict the wild card team of 2020
Matt Nicholls (NRL.com reporter)

  1. Storm
  2. Roosters
  3. Raiders
  4. Rabbitohs
  5. Sea Eagles
  6. Cowboys
  7. Eels
  8. Broncos

Don’t expect too many surprises at the top of the table. The bottom half of the eight is where the excitement will be. Home ground advantage will play a role so expect the Cowboys and Broncos to be tough to beat in 2020.

Kenny Scott (NRL.com podcaster)

  1. Roosters
  2. Rabbitohs
  3. Storm
  4. Sea Eagles
  5. Eels
  6. Broncos
  7. Knights
    8. Wests Tigers

Second-year syndrome for the Green Machine could hit hard. The loss of Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua could leave a bigger hole in the backline than initially thought. This along with the addition of the untested George Williams at halfback means that if things don’t click early, season 2020 could get the death wobbles.

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Magpies to face Panthers in final preparations for 2020 season
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Wests Tigers
Timestamp
Thu 27 Feb 2020, 03:00 PM

Western Suburbs Magpies will take on the Penrith Panthers in a rescheduled Canterbury Cup trial match this Saturday at Panthers Stadium in their preparations for the 2020 season.

With the Magpies primed for a strong season with a new Head Coach in Wayne Collins and a number of new faces, Saturday’s trial will carry with it plenty of interest as competition for spots in the season opener continues to ramp up.

2020 Development Players Jock Madden, Zac Cini, Reece Hoffman and Jake Simpkin will all feature for the Magpies this week, while Jersey Flegg eligible players Mavoni Tuifua, Liam Scolari, Ray Jankovic and Brandon Mansfield are also named.

Matheson Johns, Brendon O’Hagan, Tyrone Faulkner, Austin Dias, Terrell May, Lachlan Talau and Jordin Leiu all spent time training with the extended NRL squad throughout the pre-season and will be out to impress in Saturday’s trial.

Western Suburbs will play their first game of the 2020 season when they take on St. George-Illawarra prior to the NRL season opener at WIN Stadium on March 15.

WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
Logen Dillion, William Kei, Matheson Johns, Reece Hoffman, Zac Cini, Jock Madden, Brendan O’Hagan, Tyrone Faulkner, Jake Simpkin, Austin Dias, Jordin Leiu, Terrell May, Michael Fenn, Mavonii Tuifua, Ben Seufale, Salesi Fainga’a, Lachlan Talau, Vea Tapa, Joey Taipari, Liam Scolari, Ray Jankovic, Brandon Mansfield

Coach: Wayne Collins