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Pathways Preview: Round 8

Another big weekend for Wests Tigers pathways teams with our Under 16s in a grand final, four games in Camden on Saturday and a triple-header at Lidcombe on Sunday.

Best of luck to our Macarthur Wests Tigers Under 16s team who are playing the Central Coast Roosters in the Grand Final of the Andrew Johns Cup.

If you can't get to the game, you can download the app and watch it live on NSWRL TV.

This team lost just one game in the regular season before defeating the Newcastle-Maitland Region Knights 14-6 in Singleton last weekend to book a place in the decider.  

Wests Magpies are also going great guns sitting top-of-ladder in the Harold Matthews Cup with six wins from six games.  It should be a great contest in Camden on Saturday against the in-form Roosters who have won five from six.

Tallyn Da Silva returns from the NSW Cup team to play SG Ball this weekend
Tallyn Da Silva returns from the NSW Cup team to play SG Ball this weekend

Wests SG Ball team faces a tough assignment, also playing the Roosters, who are top-of-the-ladder with seven wins from seven games.  Our Under 19s are boosted by the return of hooker Tallyn Da Silva as they push for a place in the finals.

Also at Kirkham Oval on Saturday are our two junior women’s teams up against the Rabbitohs in the Lisa Fiaola and Tarsha Gale Cup competitions.

A big day on Sunday at Lidcombe Oval with Balmain Under 16s development team and our Jersey Flegg team taking on the Sharks, before the Knock On Effect NSW Cup match.

Latu Fainu to play his first game of the season
Latu Fainu to play his first game of the season

It’s a strong looking Magpies team in the NSW Cup with five-eighth Latu Fainu playing his first game of the season against the Newtown Jets. 

Asu Kepaoa is also in the Magpies starting side while Brent Naden will make his long-awaited return on the bench.

Naden makes return from long injury layoff
Naden makes return from long injury layoff

Knock On Effect NSW Cup 

Wests Magpies vs Newtown Jets 

Coach – Aaron Payne

Our focus will again be on us delivering to our standards to build pressure on the opposition.

We need to be strong on yardage carries from our outside backs as they are very sharp through the ruck with the likes of hooker Jayden Berrell and Samuel Healey once they get momentum.

Looking forward to having our first home game at Lidcombe Oval and of course playing for the Tom Raudonikis Cup.

Jersey Flegg Cup (U/21s) 

Wests Tigers vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 

Coach – Leon Latulipe 

We learnt some hard lessons in last week's game and we are looking to seek improvements this week on areas we need to fix.

We have quite a few players making their debut this week, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they have to offer. Overall, it should be a good contest this week against a good team.

SG Ball Cup (U19s)

Balmain Tigers vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 

Coach – Chris Yates 

The boys very excited to be back at Leichhardt Oval and playing as the curtain-raiser to the NRL match against the Sharks.

Marc Tannous is back from his Jersey Flegg debut and will be looking for a big game.

SG Ball Cup (U19s)

Wests Magpies vs Sydney Roosters 

Coach – Joey Saukuru

Round 8 presents our biggest challenge so far this season. Firstly, we face the team on the top of the ladder and secondly, we need to stay in touch with the top 6 to keep our semi final hopes alive.

After last week’s setback we’re ready to bounce back with a bigger and better performance. 

Harold Matthews Cup (U17s)

Balmain Tigers vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 

Coach – Tony Bazouni

It’s always a tough trip over the bridge to Brookvale and we are expecting nothing different this weekend. Manly are fighting for a spot in the eight and we’re looking to climb off the bottom of the ladder.

There were some promising signs last week, key players are returning from injury and a big week in training have us looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Harold Matthews Cup (U17s)

Wests Magpies vs Sydney Roosters 

Coach – Stephen Isdale

The boys are excited by the challenge ahead, facing a Roosters team that have been very consistent. We will focus on us and trusting our processes.  

Our player rotation continues and we see our starting hooker and lock back in the team with the return of Aston Large and Peter Tai.

Tarsha Gale Cup (U/19s) 

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 

We’re excited to play our last home game for the year alongside the Lisa Fiaola and Wests Magpies sides at Kirkham Oval and will look to bounce back from our loss last week against a good Bulldogs side.

Souths are in a similar position to us on the ladder, and will also be looking to finish the season strongly.  The week’s preparation has been good with renewed focus on our yardage sets and completions. If we can address our errors and continue to defend well, we know we can put in a good performance.

Lisa Fiaola Cup (U/17s) 

Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 

Coach – Scott Clark

The team have bounced back well this week with good energy at training and have grown in confidence from their game last week.

There is true belief in the team and a good performance against the Rabbitohs will us consolidate a spot in the top six.

Being consistent and playing the whole 60 minutes will be our focus. The players know they must also improve their ball retention and decision making in attack, as well as doing all the ‘one percenters’ in defence.

Andrew Johns Cup (U/16s) - GRAND FINAL 

Macarthur Wests Tigers vs Central Coast Roosters 

Coach – Harrison Fox

This Sunday we are in the Andrew Johns Cup Grand Final against a tough Central Coast team. The boys are aware of the challenges of playing in enemy territory and have trained well all week.

Our one and only goal is to win the game and become the first team to win a premiership for the Macarthur Wests Tigers.

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