Head Coach Mick Potter has revealed exclusively to Wests Tigers Members two key inclusions for this Saturday’s clash against Cronulla at Remondis Stadium.
Captain Robbie Farah and lock forward Sauaso Sue will be named to make their return from injuries that have kept them sidelined over the past few weeks.
Farah suffered a dislocated elbow in the Club’s Round 6 victory over North Queensland at Campbelltown Sports Stadium and will no doubt be a massive boost to Potter’s side.
“There’s no other player in the competitions like Robbie,” Potter said. “He brings a running game, he brings a kicking game, he brings an organisational aspect to our game and takes pressure off other players.”
“He creates a lot of plays and is integral to our success.”
Sue injured his ankle during the Round 4 match against New Zealand in Wellington and is expected to line-up on the interchange bench this week.
“Sauaso brings punch off the bench, that aggression that you want to continue with from Keith (Galloway) and Aaron (Woods) starting,” Potter said.
“I’m looking forward to him being back, I have been waiting for him to return.
“Sauaso was close last week but he is right to go this week and I’m really happy about that - He is a valuable link in our middle players.
“It’s his first game back for some time, so he probably won’t play long minutes but I’m just looking for that impact he is known for.”
While last week’s 30-6 loss to the Roosters was disappointing, Potter said there were valuable aspects to take from the match.
“You never like to lose but there were positives to come out of it,” Potter said. “We troubled the other team a little bit early on and we created opportunities but couldn’t convert them to points – that was the most disappointing aspect.”
“We put a little bit of pressure on but there’s no doubt that they are premiership contenders yet again.”
While opponents Cronulla may be currently sitting 16th on the ladder, Potter is expecting a tough match as they look to bounce back from last night’s loss to Parramatta.
“I thought they started strong (against the Eels) and troubled the other team with offloads,” Potter said.
“They came up with a really slick play down their left hand side with (Michael) Gordon throwing a pass to their winger to score in the corner - It was a really well worked play.
“The key for us is stopping their offloads, their big guys in the middle are creating a lot of second phase play.”
Stay tuned for the full Wests Tigers team announcement later this afternoon on weststigers.com.au