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Fulton’s role is to fill the gaps

While Benji Marshall’s mental state has been the subject of intense speculation, Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton knows exactly where he fits into the scheme of things heading into Monday night’s NRL blockbuster against Canterbury at ANZ Stadium. Fulton describes himself as the ugly duckling of the Tigers backrow, the unfashionable footballer who “fills the gap” alongside high profile duo Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington. “I’m happy to have that title,” Fulton said. “Gaz Ellis is probably the best second rower in the world … I know I could never do things that he could do. “And Heighington, he’s just the ultimate workhorse, he’s got an engine like I’ve never seen before. “I’m just there to fill the gap … and we work really well as a trio.” One gap Fulton will be called on to fill on Monday night will be the one new Canterbury signing Frank Pritchard takes aim at on the Bulldogs’ left edge. Continue reading

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Matt Utai on the comeback trail

Tigers veteran Matt Utai is set to make a remarkable comeback to the NRL after nearly two years in the NSW Cup.The Bulldogs premiership player was yesterday named to start on the wing for the Tigers against his former club at ANZ Stadium on Monday night after getting the nod from Tigers coach Tim Sheens ahead of a host of developing players, including Mitch Brown and Geoff Daniela. Utai was also picked ahead of the injured Beau Ryan in the No. 5 jumper.  The 29-year-old is still looking to prove to Tigers officials he deserved an NRL contract in 2011.  Utai was particularly impressive this pre-season against the Roosters.

Carney aiming for Round 1

Roosters coach Brian Smith has confirmed reigning Dally M medallist Todd Carney is on track to play in his side’s season opener against South Sydney next month. Carney underwent groin surgery four weeks ago and was initially expected to miss the first four rounds of the competition. The 24-year-old will sit out Saturday’s Foundation Cup clash against Wests Tigers at the SFS but is considered an almost certain starter for Round 1 in a major boost for the Tri Colours. “Unless something goes wrong for him he’ll play in the first comp game,” Smith said on Tuesday. “We even thought about just playing him for 20 minutes in this game but he’s not quite at that stage … it’s just a little too early for him.” “We’ve still got 17 days before the comp starts and we start with Souths on Friday night so we’d obviously like him to be right for that.” “Without and mishaps between now then he’ll be fine I think.” Continue reading

The Judiciary

Wests Tigers winger Beau Ryan has successfully downgraded his charge relating to a “crusher” tackle during Monday’s 26-22 win over Manly. He was facing a four-week ban after taking the early guilty plea on the charge but successfully had the grading brought down to grade two on Wednesday, meaning he will only miss this weekend’s clash against the Sydney Roosters.

Sea Eagles forward George Rose will also sit out this weekend’s action after taking the early guilty plea for his careless high tackle from the same fiery match.

Manly pair Brent Kite and Kieran Foran as well as Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson and Warrior James Maloney have all escaped suspension from their charges after taking early guilty pleas.

Three Manly players have been charged with high tackles, but the Wests Tigers’ Beau Ryan could serve a longer suspension than any of them after being booked for a “crusher” tackle in Monday night’s NRL clash. The NRL match review committee has handed winger Ryan a grade three dangerous contact charge for a 65th minute tackle on Sea Eagles opposite Michael Robertson. He will be suspended for three matches if he pleads guilty and four if he unsuccessfully defends the charge at the NRL judiciary. His tackle had been overshadowed by Manly players George Rose, Brent Kite and Kieran Foran all being placed on report for high shots during the 26-22 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. Rose will miss only a week if he pleads guilty and two if he unsuccessfully defends the grade four careless tackle charge. Kite and Foran will escape suspension after receiving grade one careless high tackle charges. Canterbury hooker Michael Ennis will miss Friday night’s clash with St George Illawarra after entering an early guilty plea to a grade two careless high tackle charge.

Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson have escaped suspension after pleading guilty to grade one charges of dangerous contact with a kicker.