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Politoni to make NRL debut, Utai to play 150th match

Local Balmain junior Pat Politoni is set to make his NRL debut after Head Coach Tim Sheens named him in the Wests Tigers 17 for this Friday night's clash with the Warriors.
Politoni to make NRL debut, Utai to play 150th match
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Local Balmain junior Pat Politoni is set to make his NRL debut after Head Coach Tim Sheens named him in the Wests Tigers 17 for this Friday night's clash with the Warriors.

Utility back Tom Humble has been named at hooker but the dummy half role will be shared with Politoni in the absence of Captain Robbie Farah who is on NSW State of Origin duty.

21 year old Politoni was a member of last year's Under 20s side and has since been plying his trade for the Balmain Ryde Eastwood NSW Cup side.

Sheens said his selection was a fitting reward for the form he's shown in the past month.

"He's really developed this year. Last month in particular he's played really well. He'll be quick out of dummy half and he'll worry them (the Warriors)," he said.

Matt Utai has also broken his way back into the first grade side with Sheens naming him on the bench. Utai will play his 150th NRL game.

WESTS TIGERS: 1 Tim Moltzen, 2 Beau Ryan, 3 Joel Reddy, 4 Blake Ayshford, 5 Lote Tuqiri, 6 Chris Lawrence, 7 Benji Marshall [c], 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Tom Humble, 10 Keith Galloway, 11 Adam Blair, 12 Liam Fulton, 13 Matt Bell. Subs: 14 Ben Murdoch-Masila, 15 Matt Utai, 16 Ray Cashmere, 17 Pat Politoni.

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