Round 8 NRL Match Preview
Having won five of their last six matches, Wests Tigers will look to move to top of the NRL ladder this weekend when they do battle against the Gold Coast Titans at Leichhardt Oval.
The Club have already played against John Cartwright’s men this year — defeating them 42-12 on the Gold Coast in Round 2 — and will certainly take plenty of confidence into this weekend’s Round 8 match, with a strong crowd expected at Leichhardt Oval.
Read on for a full preview of the match including all the need to know match information, TV and live stream details plus team news and match analysis.
Date — Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time — 3:00pm kickoff (Gates Open: 10:30am)
Venue — Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
TV and Live Stream Details
Channel 9 will provide TV coverage of the match but on a one-hour delay, with telecast starting at 4:00pm AEST (check local guides).
Live coverage is available via a number of radio stations.
A live stream of the match is available via NRL’s Digital Pass (subscription required).
Limited tickets are available for the match, with General Admission tickets starting at $30. Wests Tigers encourage all fans and members to come to Leichhardt Oval and support the boys, and urge those considering going to game to pre-purchase their tickets rather than lining up on the day and potentially missing out on some of the action!
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tim Simona 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Braith Anasta 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Joel Luani 10. Keith Galloway 11. Liam Fulton 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair (Interchange: 14. Martin Taupau 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Blake Austin 17. Sitaleki Akauola).
Gold Coast Titans
1. David Mead 2. Kevin Gordon 3. Maurice Blair 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Anthony Don 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Albert Kelly 8. Luke Douglas 9. Beau Falloon 10. Nate Myles 11. Greg Bird 12. David Taylor 13. Ashley Harrison (Interchange: 14. Mark Ioane 15. Ryan James 16. Mark Minichiello 17. Paul Carter).
(Note: Maurice Blair is expected to miss the match with a hand injury. If that happens, David Taylor will move to the centres, with Cody Nelson coming on to the bench).
Match History: Played 12, Wests Tigers won 6, Gold Coast Titans won 6
Last Time They Met
Round 2, 2014: Wests Tigers 42 def. Gold Coast Titans 12
Played in scorching conditions at Cbus Super Stadium, Wests Tigers recorded their first win over 2014 when they defeated Gold Coast by 30 points — their biggest ever win against the Titans. Pat Richards scored a first-half double for the visitors, and along with tries to James Tedesco and Bodene Thompson, gave the hosts a strong lead at the main break, which would not be relinquished. Martin Taupau barged his way over in the second half, as did David Nofoaluma, while Tedesco combined brilliantly with Luke Brooks to set up the halfback for the second try of his NRL career and confirm a dominant win for Wests Tigers.
Players to Watch