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Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire will welcome back captain James Tamou for Saturday’s clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Browne Park in Rockhampton.

Tamou missed the team’s last-start win over the North Queensland Cowboys with a minor foot injury, but will return this week as Wests Tigers search for three straight wins for the first time this season.

He will replace Thomas Mikaele in the front row after he accepted a one-game suspension along with Jacob Liddle. Rookie hooker Jake Simpkin will start in the number nine jersey with Liddle sidelined, while James Roberts is set for his first game since Round 16 after he was named on the bench.

Young forwards Kelma Tuilagi and Tuki Simpkins both retain their place on the bench alongside Joe Ofahengaue, with Billy Walters, Tom Amone, Jock Madden and Zac Cini rounding out the 21-man squad.

For the Sharks, Andrew Fifita (injury) and Aiden Tolman (suspension) will both miss this week's game — bringing Toby Rudolf to prop and Siosifa Talakai into the forward pack. Teig Wilton returns from a hamstring injury on the bench, while Mawene Hiroti is also back from a hand injury and will start in the centres.

Saturday’s game will be the first ever NRL fixture to be played at Rockhampton.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sione Katoa
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Sharks is number 4 Jesse Ramien
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Michael Chee Kam
    Centre for Sharks is number 6 Connor Tracey
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 14 Luke Metcalf
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Braydon Trindall

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Toby Rudolf
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Blayke Brailey
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 14 Joe Ofahengaue
    Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Shawn Blore
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Siosifa Talakai
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jack Williams

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Kelma Tuilagi
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Braden Hamlin-Uele
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tukimihia Simpkins
    Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Teig Wilton
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Billy Walters
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Billy Magoulias
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Matt Moylan

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 21 Zac Cini
    Reserve for Sharks is number 20 Kai O'Donnell

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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