NRL Late Changes: Round 9

Wests Tigers NRL Head Coach Ivan Cleary has finalised his side to take on the New Zealand Warriors tonight for their Round 9 clash at Mount Smart Stadium.

Kickoff for the match is at 5:30pm AEST (7:30pm local Auckland time).

Cleary has confirmed one late change to the team originally named during the week with Josh Aloiai replaced in the squad by Tim Grant, who played his first game of the year last week against Parramatta.

Elijah Taylor is the big inclusion for the visitors after missing last week's game with a concussion sustained back in Round 7, and will start the match at hooker with Pita Godinet dropping back to the bench.

That also sees Matt Eisenhuth start at lock, with Sauaso Sue earning a start in the front row.

Benji Marshall will formally captain the team tonight for the third time this season. 

For the Warriors, Isaac Luke incredibly takes his place in the run-on side despite picking up a knee injury last week with the only change that of Simon Mannering, who drops back to the bench.

Isaiah Papali'i moves in to the starting side where he joins the returning Tohu Harris in the back row. 

WESTS TIGERS

1. Corey Thompson
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Esan Marsters
4. Kevin Naiqama
5. Mahe Fonua
6. Benji Marshall (capt.)
7. Luke Brooks
17. Sauaso Sue
13. Elijah Taylor
10. Ben Matulino
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Robbie Rochow
8. Matt Eisenhuth

Interchange:
9. Pita Godinet
14. Alex Twal
16. Michael Chee Kam
18. Tim Grant

Coach: Ivan Cleary

 

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (capt.)
2. David Fusitu'a
3. Peta Hiku
4. Solomone Kata
5. Ken Maumalo
6. Blake Green
7. Shaun Johnson
8. Bunty Afoa
9. Isaac Luke
10. Agnatius Paasi
16. Isaiah Papali'i
12. Tohu Harris
13. Adam Blair

Interchange:
11. Simon Mannering
14. Karl Lawton
15. Sam Lisone
17. James Gavet

Coach: Stephen Kearney