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Wests Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary has made a change to his side's forward pack as they seek a crucial victory this Thursday against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

Kickoff for the match is at 7:50pm AEST from Campbelltown Sports Stadium, with Wests Tigers needing to secure a victory to close the gap to the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors in the top eight.

After a disappointing last start defeat to the St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Cleary has made one key change to his side with co-captain Elijah Taylor ruled out with a corked thigh picked up last weekend.

His omission sees Matt Eisenhuth move to the run-on side at lock with Chris Lawrence and Michael Chee Kam featuring on the edges, while Josh Aloiai returns to the side for the first time since Round 19.

The talented young forward made a successful return from a broken hand in the club's Intrust Super Premiership side over the weekend, and his inclusion is certainly a boost for the home side as they look to stay in touch with the top eight and secure their first victory at Campbelltown Sports Stadium this year.

Jacob Liddle, Robbie Rochow, Tyson Gamble and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak have been named as reserves, while Chris Lawrence will formally co-captain the team on Thursday night.

For the Sea Eagles, Coach Trent Barrett has named a relatively unchanged side from the one that went down at home to the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night with Jack Gosiewski replacing Frank Winterstein on the bench in the only change, with Winterstein dropping back to the reserves list.

WESTS TIGERS

1. Moses Mbye
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Esan Marsters
4. Mahe Fonua
5. Kevin Naiqama
6. Benji Marshall
7. Luke Brooks
8. Russell Packer
9. Robbie Farah
10. Ben Matulino
11. Chris Lawrence (capt.)
12. Michael Chee Kam
13. Matt Eisenhuth

Interchange:
14. Alex Twal
15. Sauaso Sue
16. Luke Garner
17. Josh Aloiai

Reserves:
18. Jacob Liddle
19. Robbie Rochow
20. Tyson Gamble
21. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

Coach: Ivan Cleary

 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Mahe Fonua
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brian Kelly
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Kevin Naiqama
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Brad Parker
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan Walker
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Russell Packer
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Manase Fainu
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 12 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Chris Lawrence
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 16 Jack Gosiewski
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso Sue
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Trent Hodkinson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Kelepi Tanginoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 19 Matthew Wright