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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named his side to take on the North Queensland Cowboys for their Round 5 clash at Leichhardt Oval this Sunday.

After a close last-start defeat to the Parramatta Eels, Maguire has confirmed one change to the starting side with Moses Mbye named to start in the centres in place of Asu “AJ” Kepaoa.

His inclusion sees Tommy Talau shift from centre to wing while Michael Chee Kam comes on to the bench after strong back-to-back performances in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition.

Rookie hooker Jake Simpkin and forward Tuki Simpkins — who joined Wests Tigers from North Queensland earlier this year — have been named among the reserves as part of the 21-man squad, alongside Joey Leilua and Alex Seyfarth.

For the Cowboys, Coach Todd Payten will become back the return of star forward Jason Taumalolo with the lock forward's inclusion pushing Josh McGuire back to the bench.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow moves from wing into the centres with Justin O'Neill (concussion) ruled out while Kyle Feldt returns from suspension on the wing. 

Former Wests Tigers player Esan Marsters has been named among the reserves with Reuben Cotter, Corey Jensen and Jake Clifford.

Sunday’s game at Leichhardt Oval is the club’s first home game at the suburban ground this year, with a blockbuster four-game program set to take place. The club’s Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, Jersey Flegg and Knock-On Effect NSW Cup sides will all feature earlier in the day before the NRL game between Wests Tigers and North Queensland kicks off at 4:05pm.

Wests Tigers have won their last eight games against the Cowboys played at Leichhardt Oval.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Valentine Holmes
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James Roberts
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 19 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Connelly Lemuelu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 22 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Ben Hampton

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Shane Wright
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Ben Condon
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Cowboys is number 15 Coen Hess

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Lachlan Burr
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 19 Reuben Cotter
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 20 Corey Jensen

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 14 Michael Chee Kam
    Reserve for Cowboys is number 21 Jake Clifford

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Cecchin
  • Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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