Tag Archive: Robert Lui

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

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.

In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.

Lui out forcing Tigers shake up

Lui will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with the ankle injury he picked up during Sunday’s 44-32 NRL loss to the Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Football Stadium. His most likely replacement in the No.7 jersey is current fullback Tim Moltzen. His other main option for the halves is Arana Taumata, who has had little football because of an ankle injury and hasn’t played a NRL match since 2008. Former Cronulla back Mitch Brown could also be an option to play fullback. Lote Tuqiri could move to fullback for Wests Tigers after they lost halfback Robert Lui to injury for up to six weeks on Monday.

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 !!

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)