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Liam Fulton sidelined for up to 6 weeks

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in the NRL opening round loss to Canterbury on Monday night. Scans on Wednesday revealed that Fulton has a sub-luxed left shoulder and the Tigers’ expect him to miss between four to six weeks. There was some good news for Fulton with confirmation he would not require surgery. Touted as title contenders after a promising 2010 and with a roster brimming with representative talent, the Tigers looked below par in their 24-14 loss to the Bulldogs. The Tigers host the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday night and welcome back fiery prop Bryce Gibbs.

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

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

The Judiciary

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton will miss just one NRL trial match after benefiting from a double discount on a dangerous throw charge. The match review committee on Monday handed Fulton a grade two charge after an ugly tackle on Johnathan Thurston in Saturday night’s All Stars clash on the Gold Coast – an infringement which carries a base penalty of 325 points. But discounts for an early guilty plea and a clean record over the last seven seasons reduced the ban to just one game – which Fulton will serve when the Tigers take on Parramatta in Saturday night’s pre-season clash at Campbelltown Stadium. He will be back on deck for the Tigers’ final trial, when they take on Sydney Roosters on February 26. Continue reading

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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South Sydney captain Roy Asotasi will miss up to four weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s 50-10 thrashing of NRL rivals the Wests Tigers.Asotasi, who was making his return from a knee injury, underwent scans on Monday which showed he had suffered local nerve damage. The injury is not as bad as had been feared and the Kiwi prop will avoid surgery.

Newcastle have also received some bad news with prop Evarn Tuimavave ruled out Continue reading

Tigers V Roosters – Foundation Cup teams

Wests Tigers: Tim Moltzen, Mitch Brown, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Beau Ryan, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Keith Galloway, Robbie Farah (capt), Todd Payten, Gareth Ellis, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Jason Cayless, Junior Moors, Mark Flanagan, Alan Schirnack, Geoff Daniela, Daniel Fitzhenry.

Starters to note – Robert Lui ($144,800 HLV) Liam Fulton ($120,300 2RF)

Sydney Roosters: Todd Carney, Anthony Minichiello (capt), Phil Graham, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Perrett, Ben Jones, Mitchell Pearce, Lopini Paea, James Aubusson, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Mitchell Aubusson, Anthony Cherrington, Nate Myles. Interchange: Kane Linnett, Cheyse Blair, BJ Leilua, Isaac Maliota, Martin Kennedy, Daniel Conn, Olireti Samuela, Brad Takairangi.

Starters to note – Anthony Minichiello ($91,100 CTW) Todd Carney ($120,300 FLB) Ben Jones ($102,300 HLV)