Mounties v Wests Tigers on Saturday at 3:10pm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
*The match will be broadcast live on Foxsports 1
Mounties will be buoyed by the inclusions Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jeremy Hawkins and Reece Robinson for their Round 16 clash with the Wests Tigers on Saturday at 3:10pm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
The trio's inclusion will provide Mounties with a significant boost when they face the third placed Tigers.
Wests are on a roll in the VB NSW Cup having not tasted defeat for six weeks and ranked as the best defensive team in the competition statistically.
Mounties are sitting in seventh position on the ladder and whilst the Tigers will prove to be a formidable challenge for the side they can draw confidence from the fact that the Raiders feeder side is the third best attacking team in the competition and that they have previously beaten Wests 24-14 earlier this year in Round 8.
Mounties needs a win this weekend in order to remain in the top eight with several other teams chomping on their heals so the side will be fiercely determined heading into this encounter.
Whilst Wests have not tasted defeat in six weeks, Mounties will be looking to bounce back after a 25-18 loss to the Illawarra Cutters.
Given the match will be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL clash, there will be several players from both sides eager to impress with Mounties winger Bill Tupou especially keen to continue his tremendous form after scoring four tries against the Cutters.
An interesting individual match-up will be between emerging young halves Mitch Cornish and Mitchell Moses who have both represented NSW Under 20s.
Mounties full team line-up is:
1. Jack Ahearn
2. Reece Robinson
3. Wayne Dargan
4. Jeremy Hawkins
5. Bill Tupou
6. Ryan Carr
7. Mitch Cornish
8. Tevita Pangai Junior
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Mark Nicholls
11. Jake Foster
12. Dave Cahalane
13. Clay Priest
14. Mitch Cahalane
15. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs
16. Uiti Baker
17. Reece Goldsmith
18. Lagi Setu
20. Kurt Horton