Benji Marshall returns for Wests Tigers

If Kikau is unavailable, Frank Winterstein will take his spot in the starting side.

After being blown away by a Latrell Mitchell masterclass at the SCG, Marshall’s inclusion isn’t the only change made by Tigers coach Michael Maguire.

Concern: Kikau has been named despite injuring his knee on the weekend.Credit:NRL Photos

Marshall’s return moves Ryan Matterson to the back row and Oliver Clark has been named on the bench, leaving Elijah Taylor in the reserves.

For Penrith, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will replace his injured brother, Malakai, with Dean Whare returning from a hamstring complaint to line up in the centres.

Reagan Campbell-Gillard returns to the starting front row and Hame Sele has been named at lock.


Manly is in the midst of an injury crisis, forcing coach Des Hasler to move Api Koroisau into the halves and name Manase Fainu at hooker.

The Sea Eagles may be depleted but there is some good news regarding Lachlan Croker’s hamstring and Addin Fonua-Blake’s knee injury.

The Herald understands neither are as bad as first expected, with Manly officials giving the pair a chance of playing next Sunday, against Cronulla.

Manly’s opponents on Saturday, the Broncos, have made arguably the most significant changes of all this weekend.

James Roberts and Jamayne Isaako have both been dropped and Tevita Pangai jnr has been relegated to the interchange bench.

Andrew McCullough has also been ruled out with a “pretty decent” MCL injury.

Jake Turpin will start at hooker in his absence.

Veteran playmaker Kieran Foran has been named as a reserve for the Bulldogs and is considered a chance of playing, while Jai Field has been named in place of the injured Corey Norman for the Dragons.

The Eels welcome back a veteran of their own in prop Tim Mannah.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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