WESTS Tigers have been hampered by the loss of two heavyweights for their upcoming NRL match against arch-rivals Parramatta. Big boppers Keith Galloway and Taniela Tuiaki have both been ruled out with injury, leaving the Wests side well short on size and grunt.
Keith Galloway has been fighting to overcome a foot injury and rampaging flanker Taniela Tuiaki has had to seek medical attention after a boil on his arm became severely infected in the past few days.
The Tigers are already without Todd Payten (hamstring), Bryce Gibbs (knee) and Ryan O’Hara (jaw) plus lock forward Liam Fulton (shoulder). This latest injury setback puts the heat right on Wests as they try to sustain recent good form, which has seen them force their way into the NRL Top 8.
Facing the likes Nathan Cayless and Fuifui Moimoi in the middle of the field, plus rookie winger Tony Williams who weighs in at 113kg – the Tigers will have their work cut out for them to stop the Eels getting a roll on. The Eels and Tigers have always been fierce rivals in recent years, with Parramatta having a slight edge on their cross town rivals winning the last 6 meetings.
Prop Tevita Metuisela and back-rower Rocky Trimarchi will now come into the Wests Tigers team, while utility Beau Ryan moves on to the flank to cover for the missing Tuiaki.
Tim Sheens confirmed it would be tough for his men to match the Eels.
â€œWe have copped a ban run of injuries,” Sheens said.
â€œThe players are however, very positive and focused for the game.”
â€œTevita and Rocky have trained into our top group all year, so they are ready.”
â€œThey have been busting to get another crack in first grade and now they have their opportunity again, I know they will give it their all.
â€œWe will turn up in the right frame of mind.”