NYC Match Preview: Semi-final v Raiders

In a replay of last years NYC decider, Wests Tigers face-off with Canberra Raiders today in a blockbuster semi-final at Allianz Stadium.


On the verge of elimination last weekend against Brisbane, a Salesi Funaki try in the 87th minute saved the Wests Tigers season and kept hopes of back to back titles alive.


Canberra Raiders finished the season as minor premiers before going down in a thriller to the Bulldogs 27-26 in a double header of extra-time Holden Cup matches at ANZ Stadium.


The two sides met just once earlier this season, with Wests Tigers halting the Canberra Raiders seven-game winning streak with a 36-24 victory at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.


What makes this NYC semi-final even more exciting is the leagues two top try-scorers going head-to-head. Wests Tigers fullback Kurtis Rowe (26 tries) comes up against Raiders winger Jonathon Rueben (25 tries) as the pair look to add to their already impressive tallies.


MATCH DETAILS

3:05pm Friday, September 20

Allianz Stadium

Followed by Roosters v Warriors (NYC) and Manly v Sharks (NRL)


Wests Tigers

1 Kurtis Rowe

2 Delouise Hoeter

3 Nathan Milone

4 Manaia Rudolph

5 Salesi Funaki

6 Matt Mulcahy

7 Luke Brooks

8 Daniel Ravkin

9 Manaia Cherrington

10 Dallas Graham

11 Kyle Lovett

12 Brenden Santi

13 Andrew Kazzi


INTERCHANGE

14 Shane Lalogafau

15 Fosio Tatola

16 Jake Dooner

17 Leva Li


Canberra Raiders

1. Jack Ahearn

2. Jonathan Reuben

3. Brenko Lee

4. Andrew Heffernan

5. Jonathan Kent

6. Jordan Worboys

7. Mitch Cornish

8. Mitchell Shaw

9. Trent Schubach

10. Dennis Tomarchio

11. Patrick Mago

12. Blake Seager

13. Luke Bateman


INTERCHANGE

14. Ricky Garard

15. Mitchell Barnett

16. Jared McIlwrick

17. Tahakilu Pangai

18. Jack Creith

19. Matthew Frawley

20. Jake Rumsby

22. Josh Baker