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Wests Tigers put faith in Jack Littlejohn to replace Luke Brooks in halfback hot seat
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WESTS Tigers’ new No.7 Jack Littlejohn has been praised for his leadership qualities as Luke Brooks looks at an extended time on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Brooks is facing a minimum two weeks on the sidelines, but there are fears it could be longer given it was the same left hamstring that limited his pre-season preparations.

Interim coach Andrew Webster said while losing Brooks was cruel, the taller and heavier Littlejohn had already proven he could slot into the playmaker’s role along side Mitchell Moses.

“He was one of our real leaders during pre-season training, the boys love having him around and enjoy playing with him,’’ said Webster, as he prepares for his second game in charge of the joint venture.

“I’m extremely confident Jack will get the job done.’’

 

Littlejohn looks set for starting stint. 

Big centre Jamal Idris also returns to the top flight after he punched out his first full game since in reserve grade for the Tigers since he returned to the game.

The Tigers will be looking to bounce back against St George Illawarra on Sunday who are unchanged from their handy win over the Warriors, and with Euan Aitken and Nene Macdonald to celebrate 50 games, and Leeson Ah Mau 100 NRL games.

 

Bryce Cartwright has been excluded from Penrith’s squad as he continues to overcome bone bruising to his ankle, with Corey Harawera-Naera named in the backrow, and fellow Kiwi James Fisher-Harris on an extended bench for the Melbourne trip.

Braidon Burns returns on thew right wing for South Sydney after he served a one-match shoulder charge suspension, while Robbie Farah trained on Tuesday with his head bandaged to protect stitches he received during the Roosters game.

Blake Ferguson was named on an extended bench for the Sydney Roosters, while Tepai Moeroa returns from suspension in the only change to Parramatta ahead of their road trip to Canberra.

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