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Wests Tigers utlity forward Dene Halatau couldn't hide his excitement after making his long-awaited return from injury in NSW Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Having not played for the club since breaking his ankle in a trial match against Penrith Panthers, the 197-game veteran came off the bench in Wests Tigers' 52-16 victory over top-of-the-table Wentworthville Magpies and played both back-row and hooker.

And after pulling up free from injury, Halatau said he was delighted to get back on the field and walk away with the two competition points on offer.

"It was good to be back on the field," he said after yesterday's win.

"I felt a bit unco at times but good to get amongst it with some runs and tackles... and good to get the points as well over a really good team."

Read the full match report from our big Round 12 win over Wentworthville.

The experienced utlity forward said that while it was difficult to watch the boys from the sideline from the start of the season, it was good to see young guys coming through the ranks such as Mitchell Moses and Curtis Sironen and fill the void.

"I thought Mitch and Curtis both had really good games today," he said. "Across the board, to score 52 points is a good indication of the fact that we played well as a whole. 

Hear what he had to say in full via the video above.


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