Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has named a near-unchanged side for Friday’s Round 13 home game against the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval.
With Joe Ofahengaue unavailable due to State of Origin commitments, local junior Alex Seyfarth has been named at lock as his replacement.
Having come through the Balmain junior system, Friday will be Seyfarth’s first NRL game at Leichhardt Oval and follows a strong performance last week against the Dragons where he scored his first NRL try.
Promising young forward Stefano Utoikamanu returns on the bench with Seyfarth promoted to the run-on side, joining Shawn Blore, Tom Amone and Thomas Mikaele among the interchange list.
Michael Chee Kam, Jake Simpkin, Tuki Simpkins and Kiah Cooper round out the 21-man squad as reserves.
After inking a new, two-year contract extension with the club on Tuesday, Jacob Liddle will start at hooker for the home side while second row forward Luke Garner will play his 50th NRL game for the club.
Despite being charged with a Grade One shoulder charge offence in his side’s Round 12 win, Luciano Leilua has been named to start in the back row ahead of his visit to the judiciary on Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
If successful in getting the charge overturned, Leilua will be free to play this week while a guilty verdict would see him ruled out for the next two matches.
Match: Wests Tigers v Panthers
Round 13 -
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine LaurieFullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam DoueihiCentre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen Crichton
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy TalauCentre for Panthers is number 4 Paul Momirovski
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 James RobertsWinger for Panthers is number 5 Robert Jennings
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses MbyeFive-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Matt Burton
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Panthers is number 7 Tyrone May
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James TamouProp for Panthers is number 8 Spencer Leniu
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob LiddleHooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Scott Sorensen
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex SeyfarthLock for Panthers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano UtoikamanuInterchange for Panthers is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn BloreInterchange for Panthers is number 15 J'maine Hopgood
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom AmoneInterchange for Panthers is number 16 Lindsay Smith
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Panthers is number 17 Izack Tago
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee KamReserve for Panthers is number 18 Brent Naden
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall