Wests Tigers will welcome back Josh Reynolds for his first NRL game since Round 7 as they look to end a run of back-to-back defeats this Saturday against the Newcastle Knights.

Reynolds has been named to start at hooker following injuries to Robbie Farah (tibia) and Jacob Liddle (knee) in what will be his 148th career appearance, but his first game in the number nine jersey since the end of the 2011 season.

In addition to Farah and Liddle, Wests Tigers will also be without captain Moses Mbye for another week with the 26-year-old still sidelined with a hip flexor injury.

After a strong performance for the club's Canterbury Cup side last weekend, Robert Jennings returns on the wing for his first NRL game since Round 17 — pushing Paul Momirovski in to the centres and last week's debutant Tommy Talau to the reserves.

Talau has been included in jersey 18 alongside Chris McQueen and Sam McIntyre in the extended 20-man squad named by Coach Michael Maguire.

Following his one-game suspension last week, Luke Garner has been named to return in the back row with Chris Lawrence also retaining his starting spot.

Josh Reynolds
Josh Reynolds

With Ryan Matterson named at lock, Michael Chee Kam shifts back to the bench.

Thomas Mikaele also returns to the run-on side after a late switch with Matt Eisenhuth last weekend, with the Goodna Eagles junior to start at prop.

Benji Marshall will captain the side once again with Mbye sidelined as Wests Tigers look to bounce back from consecutive defeats and keep their finals hopes alive.


For the visitors, Coach Nathan Brown has been forced in to some changes as well this week with Connor Watson ruled out due to a knee injury.

His omission sees Danny Levi return at hooker while, in the outside backs, Hymel Hunt shifts to centre and Sione Mata'utia goes to the wing. Tim Glasby missed last weekend's game due to concussion protocols and has been named among the reserves alongside rookie Bradman Best, who is expected to make his debut.

Wests Tigers scored a crucial 28-26 win when the two sides met just four weeks ago in Newcastle and will be looking to make it three wins in a row against the Knights, having lost just one of the last five meetings between the two sides.

The hosts also hold a good record over the Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, who have won just twice at the suburban ground since 2001.

Wests Tigers will provide an updated 19-man team to face the Knights at 5:30pm AEST on Friday before finalising their side for Round 23 at 4:30pm on Saturday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Hymel Hunt
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Sione Mata'utia
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Knights is number 20 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Mason Lino
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 13 Ryan Matterson
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Knights is number 21 Tim Glasby

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 9 Josh Reynolds
    Interchange for Knights is number 13 Josh King
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Aidan Guerra