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The Wests Tigers NSW Cup side will take to Leichhardt Oval this Saturday fielding one the most experienced teams in the competition.

With 499 NRL games between 12 experienced players in this week's line-up, the return of Lote Tuqiri and Matt Bell will be a huge boost as they take on the top of the table Cronulla Sharks.

Coach Paul Fletcher said the inclusion of Tuqiri and Bell would add much needed experience to a side that has been decimated throughout 2013 due to a horror run of injuries at the Club.

We are looking forward to having both Bell and Tuqiri back, Fletcher said.

They will add a bit of leadership and experience which will definitely come in handy.

The returning pair will join Matt Utai, Sean Meaney, Matt Groat, Shaun Spence, Sitaleki Akauola, Rory Brien, Jarred Farlow, Moses Pangai, James Gavet and Eddie Paea who have had a taste of NRL before in the squad.

With the Sharks only losing two matches all year, it will be tough task for the Wests Tigers who sit in sixth spot and just two points out of the top four.

Fletcher's side will be looking to bounce back from a 44-22 last round loss to Newtown with just five games remaining before the finals.

With Nathan Gardner, Mark Taufua, Chad Townsend and Siosaia Vave amongst the Sharks side, its easy to see why they sit on top of the ladder.

The NSW Cup match will kick-off at 1:10pm, with Western Suburbs Magpies playing in the Ron Massey Cup at 3pm.

Wests Tigers NSW Cup NRL experience:

Matt Utai 167 games

Lote Tuqiri 147 games

Matt Bell 139 games

Matt Groat 17 games

Sean Meaney 10 games

Eddie Paea 8 games

Shaun Spence 6 games

Jarred Farlow 1 game

Rory Brien 1 game

James Gavet 1 game

Sitaleki Akauola 1 game

Moses Pangai 1 game

TOTAL 499 NRL games


Saturday, August 10

Leichhardt Oval

1:10pm NSW CUP: Wests Tigers v Cronulla Sharks

3:00pm Ron Massey Cup: Western Suburbs Magpies v Mounties

Admission: $10
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