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Hope not enough - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 24 Mar 2007 10:00:00 GMT
Manly will be missing their captain for the first time in season 2007 after halfback Matt Orford was ruled out of Saturday’s clash with the Wests Tigers at Leichardt Oval.

Orford – who only missed two games last season – became the third casualty of last weekend’s 32-6 win over Canberra.

The central coast prodigy will also join former captain Steve Menzies (groin) and centre Steve Matai on the sideline.

Des Hasler is expected to move Michael Monaghan into his former role while sticking with Travis Burns at five-eighth.

Hasler had wanted to afford Orford a final training sessions to prove his fitness but in the end conceded that this came down to “hope” and nothing more.

The role changes opens up an opportunity for rookie Matt Ballin to play his first match with the Eagles while Shayne Dunley also remains injured.

Meanwhile Tigers coach Tim Sheens is not expected to include Russian recruit Roman Ovchinnikov in tonight’s side.

Wests Tigers 1 Brett Hodgson ©, 2 Taniela Tuiaki, 3 Dean Collis, 4 Paul Whatuira, 5 Jason Moodie, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 John Morris, 8 Keith Galloway, 9 Robbie Farah, 10 Bryce Gibbs, 11 Ben Galea, 12 Todd Payten, 13 Dene Halatau Interchange: 14 Liam Fulton, 15 Daniel Fitzhenry, 16 Chris Heighington, 17 Bronson Harrison Coach: Tim Sheens.

Manly 1 Brett Stewart, 2 Michael Robertson, 3 Steve Bell, 4 Jamie Lyon, 5 Chris Hicks, 6 Travis Burns, 7 Matt Orford ©, 8 Jason King, 9 Michael Monaghan, 10 Brent Kite, 11 Anthony Watmough, 12 Glenn Stewart, 13 Luke Williamson Interchange: Clint Halden, Matt Ballin, George Rose, Mark Bryant, Glenn Hall Coach: Des Hasler

Ref Tony Archer Sideline Officials Steve Lyons, Steve Carrall Video Referee Chris Ward Venue Leichhardt Oval Sydney, 5:30pm Local Time. TV Live on Fox


Josh King – Wests Tigers

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