Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named a new-look side for his team’s Round 3 clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Bankwest Stadium this Saturday (5:30pm AEST).
Wests Tigers local junior Alex Seyfarth has been named to make his first-grade debut off the bench while new recruit Harry Grant will also make his club debut after being named at hooker. Grant will become Wests Tigers Player #231 while Seyfarth will become Wests Tigers Player #232 — the fourth player to make their NRL debut under Maguire at Wests Tigers.
Another local junior in Adam Doueihi will start at fullback with David Nofoaluma and Robert Jennings on the wing, while co-captain Moses Mbye returns from injury to play his first game of the year in the centres alongside new recruit Joseph Leilua.
Luke Brooks returns from a calf injury to partner co-captain Benji Marshall in the halves for the first time this season, with Marshall the only member of the spine to remain from the opening two rounds.
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2019 Wests Tigers Rookie of the Year Thomas Mikaele earns his first start of the season after being named at prop with Alex Twal shifting to lock.
Mikaele is replaced on the interchange list by Seyfarth, who joins Billy Walters, Chris Lawrence and Oliver Clark on the bench.
Josh Reynolds, Matt Eisenhuth, Zane Musgrove and Michael Chee Kam have been named amongst the reserves.
For the Sharks, Briton Nikora returns from a shoulder injury and Scott Sorensen shifts to the interchange, with Billy Magoulias dropping to the extended bench.
Matt Moylan could also be a late inclusion after being named in the reserves.
Wests Tigers will provide an updated 19-man team list at 5:30pm AEST on Friday, May 29 before finalising their 17-man side one hour prior to kickoff (4:30pm, Saturday).
Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William KennedyFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione KatoaWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Sharks is number 3 Josh DuganCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse RamienCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo MulitaloWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Shaun JohnsonFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad TownsendHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron WoodsProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke BraileyHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Sharks is number 16 Toby RudolfProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Wade Graham2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack WilliamsLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-UeleInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Oliver Clark
Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Scott SorensenInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Billy Walters
Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Billy MagouliasInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Chris Lawrence
Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Matt MoylanInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Video Referee: Ben Lowe
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell