All eyes will be on the number six jersey this week for Wests Tigers as Michael Maguire's side take on the Parramatta Eels in their annual Easter Monday clash at Bankwest Stadium.
After two superb performances at five-eighth in the past fortnight — including a Man of the Match effort last Thursday against Brisbane — Josh Reynolds seems most likely partner Luke Brooks in the halves once again this week, but it’ll be interesting to see what impact Benji Marshall's potential return from injury could have.
Marshall has not played since picking up a minor hamstring in the Round 3 loss to the Bulldogs, and had been slated to make his possible return in Round 6 — making it very intriguing to see whether the Kiwi international is back available for selection this week and what possible impact that has on the final make up.
Robert Jennings will also be monitored throughout the week after being forced off with concussion in the first half of his side's win over the Brisbane Broncos.
Jennings will undergo the appropriate concussion protocols throughout the week and be monitored closely by the club's medical staff, and will certainly benefit from the long turnaround that will see 10 days between the Round 5 and Round 6 games.
The other big inclusion for Wests Tigers could come in the form of David Nofoaluma, who made a strong return from injury via the club's Canterbury Cup side.
Nofoaluma dislocated his shoulder in the pre-season and had not featured for the club all year prior to the weekend's game, and will certainly be better for the 80 minutes under his belt — although it may be tough for him to find his way in to the side immediately given the strong performances from Wests Tigers' back five.
On the other side, Parramatta could be without star winger Blake Ferguson after the 2018 Premiership winner was forced from the field in his side's 19-0 loss to Canberra. Already playing on with a badly broken nose, Ferguson eventually succumb to a ribs injury that could sideline him for Monday's game, although the longer turnaround will again be helpful for his chances of being passed fit.
Should he miss out, Bevan French is a chance of returning on the wing.
Halfback Mitch Moses had to have a dislocated finger put back in place against the Raiders but finished the match and should be fine for this week's game, while Coach Brad Arthur could be set to welcome Manu Ma'u back from a knee injury.
Nathan Brown (pectoral) and Dylan Brown (back) remain unavailable for selection.
Both sides will name 21-man squads for Monday's game at 4:00pm AEST on Tuesday before dropping two players each out 24 hours before kickoff.
Final team lists will be confirmed one hour prior to kickoff (3:00pm, Monday).
Match: Eels v Wests Tigers
Round 6 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium
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