Friday 24 February 2017

The Postman's Predicted NRL Round 1 Team: Wests Tigers | #SuperCoach #NRLFantasy

National Rugby League Premiership
By W D Nicolson - February 24, 2017

NRL SuperCoach and NRL Fantasy pundits rejoice - your old mate The Postman is back with his take on the 17 Wests Tigers he believes Jason Taylor will pick for Round 1:

  1. James TEDESCO
  2. David NOFOALUMA
  3. Jamal IDRIS
  4. Kevin NAIQAMA
  5. Moses SULI or Jordan RANKIN
  6. Mitchell MOSES
  7. Luke BROOKS
  8. Aaron WOODS
  9. Matt McILWRICK
  10. Tim GRANT
  11. Suaso SUE
  12. Chris LAWRENCE
  13. Elijah TAYLOR
  14. Matt BALLIN
  15. Josh ALOIAI
  17. Joel EDWARDS or Michael CHEE KAM
The Postman's Squad Analysis:
  • Matt Ballin is on track to be available for Round 1 but expect him to be named on the bench with Matt McIlwrick starting the the #9. Youngster Jacob Liddle (shoulder) won't be right for the opening rounds.
  • Rookie Moses Suli has the edge on Jordan Rankin for the left wing spot with Kevin Naiqama assuming the centre spot that Tim Simona's impending suspension opens up. Justin Hunt and Watson Heleta are the other options.
  • Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses didn't play the final trial but will both be fit, leaving Jack Littlejohn as their main backup in the halves.
  • Suauso Sue started in the second row in the final trial and Josh Aloiai came off the bench - so expect to see this in Round 1. Ava Seumanufagai backs up Aaron Woods and Tim Grant off the bench (along with Sue once Aloiai comes into the action) but it probably leaves the Tigers looking at either Joel Edwards or Michael Chee Kam for the last bench spot.
  • Esan Marsters and JJ Felise could also make the final 17 but look to be behind Edwards and Chee Kam at this point. 
Injured List:
Luke Brooks (Hamstring - Opening Rounds), Mitchell Moses (Foot - Opening Rounds), Matt Ballin (Knee - Opening Rounds), Jacob Liddle (Shoulder - Opening Rounds), Kyle Lovett (Suspended through Round 3), Tim Simona (Provisionally suspended indefinitely).
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