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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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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

Fulton facing ban

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton could miss the opening round of the NRL season after he was charged with making a dangerous throw in Saturday night’s All Stars match. Fulton, who was only called into the All Stars squad after club-mates Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington were both ruled out through injury, was hit with a grade two dangerous throw for his ugly tackle on Indigenous All Stars skipper Johnathan Thurston. The 26-year-old faces a two-match ban with an early guilty plea and three games if he unsuccessfully fights the charge. With players allowed to count two official trial games as part of their suspension, Fulton would miss the round one clash against Canterbury if he unsuccessfully fights the charge. Continue reading

DT Performers – The Best of the 2nd Rowers

Now for a look at the 2nd Row Forwards, the work horses in the Dream Team competition.  To make it to this list the players must be currently playing and have a season average of 40 or better.  The stats speak for themselves but I will select a couple and let you know if their current price and form represents good value.

The bench mark score I have used for the second rowers is 50 or better for last two columns, that’s pretty much what we are all looking for from this position.  

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%
Stagg 19 53.05 1008 0 123 869 1 60 -45 13 68.42%
Hindmarsh 18 52.39 943 4 152 791 0 82 -86 10 55.56%
Gallen 18 51.28 923 8 297 624 2 100 -108 11 61.11%
Laffranchi 18 46.11 830 28 185 637 0 80 -100 5 27.78%
Fulton 12 46.08 553 24 71 455 3 56 -56 6 50.00%
Luck 16 44.94 719 0 67 680 0 22 -50 4 25.00%
O’Donnell 11 42.55 468 16 130 348 1 48 -75 3 27.27%
Heighington 19 41.79 794 16 209 589 0 70 -90 2 10.53%
Lowe 18 41.06 739 4 163 617 3 34 -82 3 16.67%
Sutton 19 40.47 769 12 128 364 216 138 -89 2 10.53%
Harrison, A 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 1 7.14%

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Tigers Half Baked

Tigers officials don’t want to shift Robbie Farah to halfback on Friday, fearing it would crucify his chances to dislodge NSW hooker Michael Ennis from the Blues team for Origin III. The Tigers are facing a halfback crisis with Robert Lui named at No.7 yesterday but next to no chance of playing the Dragons. Back-up options Tim Moltzen has a season-ending knee injury and Arana Taumata this week left to join the Cowboys, which leaves Blake Lazarus the frontrunner. To make matters worse, new fullback recruit Wade McKinnon – one of five players who did not train yesterday – is also racing the clock to beat a hip injury. Coach Tim Sheens will give Lui every chance to overcome a knee injury, but The Daily Telegraph understands shifting Farah from hooker to halfback was quickly shelved. A starring performance by Farah at No. 9 will all but assure him Ennis’s Blues jumper for the dead rubber against Queensland. Interestingly, Farah also failed to train because of a corked shin but won’t miss the trip to Kogarah. Sheens said the short week had done none of his players any favours and Lui would be given plenty of time to prove his fitness. “Robbie has a bit of a leg injury – he took a bump to the knee – there’s no ligament issues, but we’re just waiting for it to settle down,” Sheens said. “We will give him until the last minute to get ready, and if he doesn’t make it I’ve got a couple of other options. In the next 24 hours I’ll have a better idea. I’m not going to get ahead of myself. We’re unlikely to consider Robbie [Farah] there.” Chris Heighington (hip), McKinnon and Lote Tuqiri (knee) failed to train yesterday, but Sheens said it was precautionary.

NSW Origin hopeful Kade Snowden has been robbed of his final chance to impress Blues selectors after accepting a one week suspension. The emerging Sharks forward is one of a number of up-and-coming stars in line to represent a new generation Blues team in Origin III. But the Cronulla bookend has been rubbed out of his final audition before the Blues side is selected, pleading guilty to a grade one dangerous contact with a kicker charge from last Sunday’s loss to St George Illawarra. Snowden has been strongly tipped to be ushered onto the NSW bench with a view to becoming a future Blues enforcer but will miss the opportunity to go head-to-head with Queensland prop Matt Scott when Cronulla play North Queensland on Saturday night.

Another NSW Origin hopeful, Wests Tigers backrower Chris Heighington, is clear to play against the Dragons on Friday night after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw but escaping suspension.

The Wests Tigers are the last team with their final bye in round 14 for me to review.  When you mention the Tigers two players spring to mind, Robbie Farah (HOK) @ $334,300.00 averaging 51.42 and Benji Marshall (Half) @ $188,700.00 averaging 33.42.  There is no point in talking about Marshall except to you don’t know which Benji will turn up to play.  That only leaves three regular players worth talking about.

Robbie Farah (HOK) @ $334,300.00 averaging 51.42.  His starting price was $383,900.00 and has lost $49,600.00 since then.  While his scores have been up and down, a low of 36 in round 2 and a high of 66 in round 4, it’s his current form, potential for a huge score and not involve in SOO that makes worth considering.  Farah is now ranked the 2nd best player in DT behind David Stagg.  His tackle count for the season stands at 413 with a low of 15 in round 8 and a high of 48 in round 13.  He scores points in all areas except GO; 76 in MG and 132 KM are the pick and only loosing 58 in errors.  At his current season average his market value is about $329,000.00 but with scores of 55 and 62 in his last two games means a score 41 or more in his next game will see his price rise.  You must have players like Farah in your team if you want to be a contender for the NEX-Cup 2010. Continue reading