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NRL Late Changes: Round 5

Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary has finalised his side to take on the Melbourne Storm today at Mount Smart Stadium as part of the Round 5 doubleheader.

Kickoff for the match is at 5:00pm local time (3:00pm AEST) with live coverage available via Fox League.

For the first time in season 2018, Cleary has confirmed no late changes to the team originally named during the week, meaning that the team is unchanged from a last start win over the Parramatta Eels.

Sauaso Sue traveled with the squad to Auckland and will remain the 18th man for today's game.

Russell Packer will formally captain the side today as he did back in Round 2, when Wests Tigers played the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park and went on to win the match 10-8.

For Melbourne, Craig Bellamy's side have been boosted by the inclusion of Australian international Felise Kaufusi, who returns to the back row alongside Ryan Hoffman, who will play his 250th club game today.

Tim Glasby also starts at lock, with Kenny Bromwich dropping back to the interchange bench where he is joined by Joe Stimson, Christian Welch and Sam Kasiano for today's game.


1. Tuimoala Lolohea
2. Corey Thompson
3. Esan Marsters
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
6. Benji Marshall
7. Luke Brooks
8. Russell Packer (capt.)
9. Pita Godinet
10. Ben Matulino
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Robbie Rochow
13. Matt Eisenhuth

14. Jacob Liddle
15. Alex Twal
16. Michael Chee Kam
17. Josh Aloiai

Coach: Ivan Cleary



1. Billy Slater
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Young Tonumaipea
4. Curtis Scott
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Brodie Croft
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith (capt.)
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
21. Felise Kaufusi
12. Ryan Hoffman
15. Tim Glasby

11. Joe Stimson
13. Kenny Bromwich
16. Christian Welch
17. Sam Kasiano

Coach: Craig Bellamy

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