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Marshall to play

The Wests Tigers have no plans to suspend Benji Marshall and expect the superstar to line up in the club’s NRL opener against the Bulldogs next Monday.Marshall, the bright face of the NRL, was charged on Sunday by police for his part in a McDonald’s melee during the early hours of Saturday. Tigers chief executive Stephen Humphreys will present a detailed report to the NRL by no later than noon on Monday. But Humphreys hoped a suitable punishment would be thrashed out between him and NRL chief executive David Gallop, which would not require any missed game time. Debate is sure to rage over what should be a suitable punishment for Marshall with recent police matters involving players Ryan Tandy, Todd Carney and Brett Stewart all met with different penalties. “I don’t want to get ahead of David (Gallop) and the decision, but we expect Benji to play in round 1,” Humphreys said. Continue reading

Lui could be the difference

They were minutes away from an NRL grand final berth in 2010, and Wests Tigers superstar Benji Marshall believes emerging halfback Robert Lui could be the player to tip them over the edge in 2011. Lui showed he was primed for a big campaign with a barnstorming performance in the Tigers’ final trial against Sydney Roosters on Saturday night – the 21-year-old scoring one try, setting up two others and adding a field goal in the 19-8 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Tigers have been tipped by many as the team to challenge premiers St George Illawarra in this year’s race for the title, after going within a whisker of toppling the Dragons in the 2009 preliminary final. With no major off-season signings, the Tigers were always going to have to improve from within to go better in 2011, with Marshall pointing to Lui’s development as a key to the club’s potential rise. Continue reading

Tigers 19 – Roosters 8

Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui has the early running in the battle for the NRL club’s No.7 jumper this coming season after a five-star display in a 19-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters. The gifted halfback showed deft skills to set up first-half tries for skipper Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before the 21-year-old sealed the match with a blazing individual effort to totally overshadow more illustrious teammates Farah and Benji Marshall. Lui’s performance was a none-too-subtle reminder to coach Tim Sheens given the man he was meant to be vying with for the No.7 jumper – Tim Moltzen – was making his return after 10 months out due to a knee reconstruction. Lui put the icing on the cake with a field goal after the siren, the Tigers claiming their first Foundation Cup in the fifth year of the clash. Continue reading

Tim Moltzen returns for Tigers

Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens has named his team to play Sydney Roosters in the annual Foundation Cup clash at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, February 26.

The match will see the long awaited return of utility Tim Moltzen who missed the majority of last season after undergoing a knee reconstruction. Moltzen has overcome an ankle injury that saw him miss last week’s trial against Parramatta.   Wests Tigers will be looking to win the Foundation Cup for the first time since 2007. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Winger Matt Utai has been signed to a one-year second tier contract for 2011.

Team: Wade McKinnon, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (C), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Simon Dwyer, Chris Heighington

Interchange: Aaron Woods, Tim Moltzen, Sean Meaney, Alan Schirnack,  Andrew Fifita

Rumbles from the Tigers

INTERNAL rumblings are being blamed for Wests Tigers’ dramatic nosedive from the top eight, with Benji Marshall believed to be at odds with other senior players after being fined for ill-discipline. Marshall was upset when fined a four-figure sum for running late to a recovery session after the Tigers’ Anzac weekend loss to Penrith. Wests Tigers then produced an untidy display in the following week’s defeat to the Roosters, which was followed by Sunday’s Heritage Round implosion against South Sydney that also featured a sadly out-of-touch Marshall. The Daily Telegraph can reveal Marshall ran late on the Monday after the Penrith loss, and that club officials consulted other senior players about an appropriate penalty. A fine was eventually decided upon but, according to a source close to the club, the Kiwi skipper was unhappy about his teammates’ input. “He was disappointed about the fine, and especially the fact some of the other players were involved in making the decision,” the source said.

Marshalling the positions

This website may seem a little Tigers heavy at the moment, but they do have a couple of cheaper options available this year with no clear indication of who is starting where yet, so in the interest of keeping those who have them in their squad informed – Benji Marshall ($256,200 HLV) has thrown his considerable weight behind who he thinks should go where, but at the end of the day Coach Sheens, hopefully, is the decision maker. “Robbie’s been going pretty good – we’ve trained since January with me and Robbie in the halves,” Marshall said. “I’m sure He (Lui) will hold his own, he’s one of the most talented kids I’ve seen, he just needs a bit of time.” Coach Sheens though is apprehensive of starting Lui before his time “Robert Lui ($144,800 HLV) has a future at seven if he really wants to take it as he has terrific talent, but he has a long way to go, he is 19.” Sheens said “But I am going to blood him slowly this season and the trial is a good start.” Sheens suggested Tim Moltzen ($124,200 FLB/HLV) could see plenty of time at No.7 this year with Lote Tuqiri ($148,00 CTW) looking set to be his preferred selection for fullback, a role which Marshall believes is better suited to Moltzen. When questioned where that would leave Tuqiri “Taniela (Tuiaki is) going to be out for a while on the wing, so I thing Lote will probably slip in on the wing for a bit.” See …… clear as mud now !!

Where there’s a will, there’s a Galloway!

Prop Keith Galloway has insisted “Anything less than a finals berth would be a “dead set failure” for Wests Tigers in the 2010 NRL season”.  Backline players Benji Marshall ($256,200 HLV) and new signing Lote Tuqiri ($148,00 CTW) might grab all the headlines but as we DT Coaches know the engine room players are where its at. Sheens imposing new look forward pack consists of Jason Cayless ($120,300 FRF), Robbie Farah ($383,900 HOK) consistent machines Gareth Ellis ($240,700 2RF) and Chris Heighington ($238,300 2RF) and possible 2010 NSW Origin Player Todd Payten ($199,700 FRF). Galloway also feels the time is right for him to force the Sky Blue selectors to have a look in his direction, after playing City Country last season it was possibly only an untimely injury which kept his name out of the line up. “I felt like my form was pretty good last year. I felt like if I was there, I probably would have deserved it, but I was injured so I can’t really dwell on that. This year, fingers crossed I don’t get injured and that will be a dead set goal for me.” Keith Galloway is listed for $172,200 in the position of Front Row Forward.