Match Preview: NRL Round 11

Wests Tigers will look to cap off a night of celebration for their 15th Anniversary with a win when they take on the Brisbane Broncos in their Round 11 clash.

Fifteen seasons on since the joint venture Club played their first game against the Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Round 1, 2000, Wests Tigers will be gunning for an inspirational victory over their strong opponents, and hoping that a huge home crowd can help lift them over the line on the night.

Brisbane have been hit harder by Origin selection this year — with three players selected to the Wests Tigers’ two — but there’s no doubt that Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods will be sourly missed by the hosts in both attack and defence.

Can Wests Tigers make it back-to-back wins as they head into the Round 12 bye, or will the visitors spoil the celebrations planned for the night?

Read on for a full match preview including all the key match details, live stream and TV info as well as player analysis and statistics.

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, May 24, 2014

Time — NRL kick-off at 7:30pm AEST (Gates open 12:45pm)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Campbelltown

 

TV and Live Stream Details

Fox Sports 1 will show live coverage of the match, and will also provide a live stream via Foxtel Go. Live stream of the match is also available via the NRL’s Digital Pass.

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

1. Kurtis Rowe 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tim Simona 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Braith Anasta 7. Luke Brooks 8. Martin Taupau 9. Joel Luani 10. Keith Galloway 11. Sitaleki Akauola 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair (Interchange: 14. Sauaso Sue 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Blake Austin 17. Keith Lulia)

 

Brisbane Broncos

1. Ben Barba 2. Daniel Vidot 3. Jack Reed 4. Dale Copley 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Josh Hoffman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Alex Glenn 12. Corey Oates 13. Todd Lowrie (Interchange: 14. David Hala 15. Ben Hannant 16. David Stagg 17. Jake Granville 18. Martin Kennedy 19. Jordan Kahu)

 

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R6 — Wests Tigers 16 def. North Queensland Cowboys 4

R7 — Wests Tigers 21 def. Parramatta Eels 18

R8 — Gold Coast Titans 22 def. Wests Tigers 6

R9 — Sydney Roosters 30 def. Wests Tigers 6

R10 — Wests Tigers 22 def. Cronulla Sharks 20

 

Brisbane Broncos

R6 — Gold Coast Titans 12 def. Brisbane Broncos 8

R7 — Brisbane Broncos 32 def. Newcastle Knights 6

R8 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 def. Brisbane Broncos 26

R9 — North Queensland Cowboys 27 def. Brisbane Broncos 14

R10 — Brisbane Broncos 22 def. Gold Coast Titans 8

 

Last Time They Met

Round 14, 2013: Brisbane Broncos 32 def. Wests Tigers 12

It was a dominant win for the Broncos when these two teams met at Suncorp Stadium last year, with an injury-depleted Wests Tigers side unable to match the strike power of the hosts. Josh Hoffman grabbed a double on the wing for Brisbane, while James Tedesco and Sauaso Sue gave some respectability for the visitors.

 

Match History: Played 23, Wests Tigers 4, Brisbane Broncos 17, Drawn 2

 

Number to Know — 94

Pat Richards has scored 94 points so far this season in the NRL — more than any other player in the competition. He’ll line up for Wests Tigers this weekend while Brisbane’s leading point-scorer — Corey Parker, 52 points — will miss the match due to Origin commitments. That will likely see Ben Hunt take over the goal kicking (having kicked four goals already this year), with the halfback also accounting for a team-high seven tries so far this season. With Parker out, Hunt is the Broncos’ next leading point-scorer with 36 points.

 

Player Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Brisbane Broncos

Points

Pat Richards (94 points)

Corey Parker (52 points)

Tackles

Aaron Woods (324 tackles)

Andrew McCullough (516 tackles)

Hit-Ups

Aaron Woods (132 hitups)

Corey Parker (125 hitups)

Total Metres

Aaron Woods (1383 metres)

Daniel Vidot (1586 metres)

 

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Brisbane Broncos

Points For

214 points (7th)

216 points (6th)

Points Against

226 points (12th)

180 points (7th)

Penalties For

73 penalties (4th)

57 penalties (15th)

Missed Tackles

318 tackles (3rd)

304 tackles (5th)

Completion %

73 percent (4th)

73 percent (4th)