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The match review committee examined three other  incidents from the weekend’s trials.

Sydney Roosters forward Nate Myles was cleared of a lifting tackle on Wests Tigers back Wade McKinnon, while Cronulla recruit Jeremy Smith was deemed not to have tripped Newcastle’s Mark Taufua.

Penrith half Luke Walsh’s sickening hit on Parramatta’s Daniel Mortimer, which also sparked a melee, was deemed legitimate.

Gold Coast youngster Ryan James will need to wait another day to know whether he faces a second pre-season suspension after he was placed on report in the trial against North Queensland.

Footage of the Titans-Cowboys match will not be available until Tuesday.

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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

Sheens reports of injury concerns

Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens says star centre Chris Lawrence hasn’t recovered from a concussion sustained in last Saturday night’s loss to South Sydney and is one of three selected players yet to be cleared for Sunday’s heavyweight showdown with Penrith at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. The others in doubt are prop Keith Galloway, with a concussion also sustained against the Rabbitohs, and fullback Wade McKinnon, who was selected to make a return from a hamstring injury against Souths but still wasn’t right. ”Chris is not well,” Sheens said yesterday. ”I won’t know whether he’s playing until the doctor makes a final decision. It’s a knock to the head and we’re not going to know how well he has recovered until the end of the week. ”Chris didn’t come back on in the game against Souths after he went off hurt,” Sheens said. ”Keith did, but sometimes on the night a player can get a head knock and then be tested and give all the right answers to the questions and be allowed back out, only to feel a bit off later.

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.

Tigers tackle Wade Mckinnon

Fullback Wade McKinnon is leaving the Warriors and will join up with the Wests Tigers, effective immediately. The Tigers approached McKinnon who has been struggling for game time in the NRL this season. He has signed until the end of the season, after being granted an early release from his contract with the Warriors, which was not due to expire until the end of 2011. However, Wests CEO Stephen Humphreys says they will not be rushing him into the starting line up to play the Warriors tomorrow night, to avoid stretching the friendship. He says McKinnon’s first game will be in round 13 against the Bulldogs next week. Humphreys is confident the fullback will thrive in his new environment. He says McKinnon’s ability to put himself in good positions will work well with the creative pair of Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall.

Ah Van back for reshuffled Warriors backline

Back Patrick Ah Van will make his first National Rugby League (NRL) appearance of the season for the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night in a reshuffled backline. The Warriors face Canberra in Auckland and coach Ivan Cleary today named Ah Van on one wing, allowing Brent Tate to revert to his usual spot at centre. Utility Lance Hohaia moves from five-eighth to fullback in place of Wade McKinnon, who drops to a five-man bench, while Joel Moon shifts from centre to the No 6 jersey. There is also a forced change in the starting forward pack, with Ben Matulino replacing Jacob Lillyman, who lasted only 16 minutes of the 6-40 loss to Melbourne on Sunday. Lillyman has been diagnosed with a foot fracture, which will leave him sidelined for six to eight weeks, and he joins an injury list that already includes other frontliners in Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brett Seymour and Manu Vatuvei.

Mannering’s Back

In news that will bolster the already bulging NQ Digger Dandy ranks, Simon Mannering’s debut as Vodafone Warriors captain will coincide with fellow back rower Micheal Luck’s 100th appearance for the club in Saturday night’s second-round NRL clash against Cronulla at Mount Smart Stadium. The 23-year-old Mannering’s niggling hamstring injury ruled him out of Sunday’s season-opening 18-24 loss to Gold Coast in Robina. With Mannering returning, Ben Matulino goes to the interchange bench while last weekend’s debutant Sione Lousi is out with a lower leg injury. He had a 24-minute stint off the bench against the Titans but was unable to return. Also back in the squad after missing the Gold Coast trip is fullback Wade McKinnon. He was named on the bench for the game against the Titans before being forced to withdraw with an infection. He has again been listed on a five-man bench for the Cronulla match.

Injuries – McKinnon ruled out.

First-choice Warriors fullback Wade McKinnon will miss Sunday’s National Rugby League season opener against Gold Coast at Robina. An infection has prevented McKinnon training this week he was ruled out of the match last night. Joel Moon, originally part of a five-man bench, is now a confirmed starter on the interchange bench

Round 1 Teams – Warriors named, no Mannering.

Based purely on pre season form Warriors coach Ivan Cleary has gone with Lance Hohaia ($218,500 HLV/FLB) at fullback ahead of Wade McKinnon ($109,400 FLB) for this weekend’s season opener against the Titans on the Gold Coast. “I had to make quite a few tough decisions and that was certainly one of them. They’re both more than capable of doing a good job. They’ll actually share that role through the game and Lance will play a little bit of dummy half at some point.” Micheal Luck ($335,400 2RF) will lead the side, with Simon Mannering ($245,000 2RF) still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Full team: 1 LANCE HOHAIA 2 KEVIN LOCKE 3 BRENT TATE 4 JEROME ROPATI 5 MANU VATUVEI 6 JAMES MALONEY 7 BRETT SEYMOUR 8 SAM RAPIRA 9 AARON HEREMAIA 10 RUSSELL PACKER 11 LEWIS BROWN 12 BEN MATULINO 13 MICHEAL LUCK (c)

Interchange: 14 WADE McKINNON 15 JEREMY LATIMORE 16 JESSE ROYAL 17 SIONE LOUSI 18 JOEL MOON