Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named his 21-man squad to take on the Gold Coast Titans for their Round 9 clash this Saturday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
The match will feature as a tribute to the late Tommy Raudonikis OAM, with Saturday marking the first time that Wests Tigers will play at Campbelltown since his passing.
After an important win over St. George-Illawarra in Round 8, Maguire has made one change for this week’s game with Moses Mbye shifting to centre in place of Tommy Talau, who is ruled out with a one-game suspension.
A Noosa Pirates junior, Mbye will play his 50th game for Wests Tigers this week having joined the club midway through the 2018 season.
With Mbye moving into the run-on side, hooker Jacob Liddle returns to the interchange list after a string of impressive performances in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition — joining forwards Stefano Utoikamanu, Alex Seyfarth and Thomas Mikaele on the bench — while Shawn Blore joins Michael Chee Kam, Zane Musgrove and Tom Amone among the reserves to round out the 21-man squad.
Maguire full of praise for dream debutant Cini
Wests Tigers Player #243 Zac Cini retains his place on the wing after a scoring a try on debut last week while James Roberts remains sidelined with a chest injury.
For the Titans, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui starts in place of Moeaki Fotuaika, who drops back to the bench, while Phillip Sami moves to the wing in place of Corey Thompson, who is out for at least six weeks with an ankle injury.
Beau Fermor comes into the centres with Thompson sidelined while former Wests Tigers' Esan Marsters and Sam McIntyre have been named in the reserves.
Both teams will provide updated 19-man team lists at 5:30pm on Friday.
Match: Wests Tigers v Titans
Round 9 -
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine LaurieFullback for Titans is number 1 Alexander Brimson
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Titans is number 2 Anthony Don
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Titans is number 4 Beau Fermor
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Zac CiniWinger for Titans is number 5 Phillip Sami
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam DoueihiFive-Eighth for Titans is number 19 Tanah Boyd
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James TamouProp for Titans is number 8 Jarrod Wallace
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake SimpkinHooker for Titans is number 9 Mitch Rein
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Titans is number 10 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Titans is number 12 David Fifita
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe OfahengaueLock for Titans is number 13 Tyrone Peachey
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob LiddleInterchange for Titans is number 14 Moeaki Fotuaika
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Stefano UtoikamanuInterchange for Titans is number 15 Herman Ese'ese
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Titans is number 21 Esan Marsters
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee KamReserve for Titans is number 18 Sam McIntyre
- Referee: Ashley Klein
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall