Marshall named as Wests Tigers face Raiders at home
Wests Tigers have received a boost ahead of their clash against the Canberra Raiders on Sunday with Life Member Benji Marshall named for the must-win match.
Marshall picked up a calf injury in the second half of his side's win over the Knights last weekend, with Coach Ivan Cleary declaring post-match that he was hopeful of the five-eighth playing this week.
With an extended turnaround, Marshall has been named for Sunday's game as Wests Tigers look to keep their finals hopes alive and close the gap on the three teams sitting four points above them on the ladder.
In other key team news for the side, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak returns on the left wing with Corey Thompson suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the Round 21 victory while Mahe Fonua may come in to calculations after being named amongst the reserves. Fonua has not played since breaking his arm against Canberra when they met back in Round 15 but is getting close to making his return from injury.
Fonua joins Jacob Liddle, Chris McQueen and Tyson Gamble among the reserves for Sunday's game with Robbie Rochow returning to the bench alongside Sauaso Sue, Robbie Rochow and Matt Eisenhuth.
Russell Packer will formally captain the team while Moses Mbye will play his 100th NRL game.
For the Raiders, Coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged lineup from the one that went down to Penrith in dramatic circumstances last week with Blake Austin continuing at centre outside Brad Abbey.
Nick Cotric remains at fullback with Jack Wighton (suspended) and Jarrod Croker (injured) unavailable.
Match: Raiders vs Wests Tigers
Round 22 -
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Nick CotricFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Brad AbbeyWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Blake AustinCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan Marsters
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Kevin Naiqama
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan RapanaWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 12 Elliott WhiteheadFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam WilliamsHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Raiders is number 14 Dunamis LuiProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh HodgsonHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
Prop for Raiders is number 15 Shannon BoydProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben Matulino
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Michael Chee-Kam
2nd Row for Raiders is number 8 Iosia Soliola2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Josh PapaliiLock for Wests Tigers is number 17 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange for Raiders is number 10 Junior PauloInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Siliva HaviliInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Luke BatemanInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso Sue
Interchange for Raiders is number 19 Jack MurchieInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob Liddle