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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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Paul Momirovski
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 James Roberts
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Robert Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Tyrone May

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Spencer Leniu
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Scott Sorensen
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Seyfarth
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 J'maine Hopgood
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Lindsay Smith
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Izack Tago

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
    Reserve for Panthers is number 18 Brent Naden

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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