NRL 2022, Wests Tigers preview, best 17, biggest question mark, tie, hardest stage

Here’s everything you need to know about the Wests Tigers ahead of the 2022 Telstra Premiership season.

The Lowdown

General description

It was another long year for Tigers fans, with occasional flashes of promise and some emerging youngsters between periods of underperformance and another year out of the finals. The return of 2005 head coach Tim Sheens as soccer director has already had a positive effect, as Api Koroisau and Isaiah Papali’i agreed on terms for 2023, but the cub needs to make big strides in 2022. for those stars to work. off.

Possible best 17

1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Oliver Gildart, 4. Adam Doueihi, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Jackson Hastings, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. James Tamou, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. Stefano Utoikamanu, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Tyrone Peachey, 14. Jake Simpkin, 15. Joe Ofahengaue, 16. Alex Twal, 17. Tom Mikaele

Tyrone Peachey brings experience and versatility to the Tigers in 2022
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Key changes

Playmaker Jackson Hastings is the big-name pick on his return from a season in the UK and should start in the halves given Doueihi’s injury. England international Oliver Gildart is expected to take center stage with Michael Chee Kam and Joey Leilua out and Tommy Talau out. Doueihi and Talau will miss the first part of the season, opening the other center spot for someone like Reece Hoffman or AJ Kepaoa.

Health check

As mentioned, Doueihi and Talau (both ACLs) underwent knee reconstructions in late 2021 and will be missing for some time. There were a host of other absences towards the end of 2021, but hopefully everyone will be in a position to participate in the trials.

Jackson Hastings is eager to make an impact on his return to the NRL
Jackson Hastings is eager to make an impact on his return to the NRL
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Bigger question mark

Playmaking was arguably the club’s biggest problem last season, with Brooks constantly under pressure and Doueihi shuffling between the center and the fifth-eighth, while the lack of a mobile ball play block left the team adrift from the upper sides in terms of attack options. It remains to be seen if Hastings and Peachey are the men to solve the halves and blocking problems.

Opening month

The Tigers start with a home game at CommBank Stadium, but it’s a tough question against the Storm. The second round sees them go up the M1 to face Newcastle, then it’s a five-day trade in a Campbelltown clash against the Warriors before a trip to the Gold Coast to face the Titans in the fourth round.

Harder stretch

Michael Maguire’s men will not be popular with tipsters between rounds five and nine as they face a four-game road series in five rounds, with the grand finishers South Sydney trying to spoil a CommBank home game. in the seventh round. Outside of that, the Tigers travel to the Shire, confront the Eels at their CommBank home patch, and hop on the bus to Wollongong and Brookvale.

Inside the Tigers’ preseason training

Make it count

The Tigers’ best chance to make a statement comes towards the end of the Origin period, and the team will likely have few to no players involved, but they will come across a mix of teams that could be hit hard or not interested. In the 2022 Finals. The Bulldogs, Warriors, Cowboys and Broncos feature potentially winnable games, while the Eels in Round 17 will be short of Origin stars and the Panthers in Round 18 Origin players will be left seated or backing up.

NRL Fantasy: Wests Tigers 2022 pricing
Alex Twal: MEDIUM, $ 683,000
Adam Doueihi: WFB / HLF, $ 670,000
Luciano Leilua: EDG, $ 659,000
Jacob Liddle: HOK, $ 629,000
Luke Brooks: HLF, $ 590,000
Stefano Utoikamanu: MID, $ 557,000
Tyrone Peachey: MID / HLF, $ 528,000
Daine Laurie: WFB, $ 523,000
Luke Garner: EDG, $ 521,000
James Tamou: MID, $ 477,000
Joe Ofahengaue: MID, $ 469,000
David Nofoaluma: WFB, $ 455,000
Jackson Hastings: HLF, $ 450,000
Ken Maumalo: WFB, $ 410,000
Jake Simpkin: HOK, $ 403,000
Olivier Gildart: CTR, $ 400,000
Thomas Mikaele: MID, $ 393,000
Alex Seyfarth: MID, $ 358,000
Shawn Blore: EDG, $ 357,000
Zane Musgrove: MID, $ 310,000
Kelma Tuilagi: EDG, $ 310,000
Tommy Talau: CTR / WFB, $ 295,000
Jock Madden: HLF, $ 270,000
Tukimihia Simpkins: EDG, $ 260,000
Living in Kepaoa: WFB, $ 240,000
Reece Hoffman: WFB, $ 240,000
William Kei: CTR, $ 220,000

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