Several new faces introduced to run-on side to face Canterbury
Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter has been forced to throw NRL rookie Jacob Miller into the halfback hot seat ahead of his side’s clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.#
Potter’s side was again hit with several serious injuries, including Tim Moltzen who is out for the rest of the year after he suffered a ruptured ACL.
Miller did play in the Tigers’ first games of the season, but was dumped to NSW Cup due to poor form, however, he gets a second chance through necessity, much less good form.
The other changes for the joint-venture side include Bodene Thompson and Joel Reddy coming in to the centres to replace Chris Lawrence and Blake Ayshford, with the lone highlight being the return of exciting winger Marika Koroibete from an ankle injury.
For the Bulldogs their lone changes is in the form of prop James Graham, who returns to duty after missing the first seven games of the season for biting Billy Slater’s ear in last year’s grand final.
Bulldogs: Ben Barba, Mitch Brown, Josh Morris, Tim Lafai, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Trent Hodkinson, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis, Martin Taupau, Tony Williams, Frank Pritchard, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: Dene Halatau, Josh Jackson, James Graham, Dale Finucane, Tim Browne
Tigers: James Tedesco, Marika Koroibete, Joel Reddy, Bodene Thompson, Matt Utai, Curtis Sironen, Jacob Miller, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Jack Buchanan, Liam Fulton, Adam Blair, Shaun Spence. Interchange: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Eddy Pettybourne, Sauaso Sue, Tim Simona, Ava Seumanufagai