Wests Tigers’ NSW Cup squad will look to secure a top-four finish this year when they take on the Wentworthville Magpies in their Round 24 clash on Sunday.

With just two games remaining in the year, Paul Fletcher’s side come into the match in second position, and on the back of two confidence-boosting wins over the New Zealand Warriors and Illawarra Cutters. They’ll know that victory this weekend will confirm them as a top-four team come finals time, and they’ll no doubt be desperate to get the points this Sunday as a result of that fact.

It was a big win for Wests Tigers when these two sides met earlier in the year, but it’s worth pointing out that both sides are very different now in personnel. Mitchell Moses has moved up to first-grade for the visitors this week, while the likes of Fuifui Moimoi and Justin Hunt take the field for the Magpies.

It’s shaping as a crucial clash for these two teams — currently sitting second and third respectively — and one that could have big ramifications for the finals.

Who will walk away from Ringrose Park this week with the two points?

Read on for a full match preview including key details, team news and more.

Match Details

Date — Sunday, August 24, 2014

Time — 3:00pm kickoff

Venue — Ringrose Park, Wentworthville

Coverage — Click here to follow Wests Tigers on Twitter for all live scores.

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Wentworthville Magpies

Daniel Abou-Sleiman

1

Justin Hunt

John Sila

2

Ben Fritz

Kyle Lovett

3

Jake Butler-Fleming

Corey Brown

4

Henry Raiwalui

Setefano Taukafa

5

Cecil Mackenzie

Jarred Farlow

6

Api Pewhairangi

Michael Stevens

7

Luke Kelly

Andy Fiagatusa

8

Daniel Alvaro

Joel Luani

9

Ben Jones

Michael Bullock

10

Fuifui Moimoi

Brenden Santi

11

Pauli Pauli

Sitaleki Akauola

12

Lorenzo Ma’afu

Inno Inosesio

13

Lionel O’Mally

Nathan Brown

14

Sam Gorman

Andrew Vela

15

Takai Moeakiola

Sonny Bristow

16

Isaac Maliota

Sam Hollis

17

Danny Howard

Luke Williams

18

Nick Kassis

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R19 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28 def. Wests Tigers 18

R20 — Wests Tigers 30 def. North Sydney Bears 22

R21 — Newtown Jets 30 def. Wests Tigers 14

R22 — Wests Tigers 28 def. New Zealand Warriors 22

R23 — Wests Tigers 24 def. Illawarra Cutters 16

Wentworthville Magpies

R19 — Cronulla Sharks 40 def. Wentworthville Magpies 36

R20 — Illawarra Cutters 44 def. Wentworthville Magpies 18

R21 — Wyong Roos 30 def. Wentworthville Magpies 22

R22 — Wentworthville Magpies 60 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22

R23 — Wentworthville Magpies 22 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 19

Last Time They Met — Round 12, 2014

Wests Tigers 52 (Koroibete 3, Moses 3, C. Brown, Bullock, Akauola tries; Moses 8 goals) def. Wentworthville 16 (Kelly, Matterson, Faraimo tries; Kelly 2 goals)

Coach’s Comment

“I think our boys took a lot out of last week — about the need to get through their sets and grind it out. We really have to go set-to-set with Wenty this week. They’re going to be desperate, we’ve just got to be more desperate than them…”

(Paul Fletcher, NSW Cup Head Coach)

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Illawarra Cutters

Position

32 points (2nd)

32 points (3rd)

Points For

599 points (6th)

662 points (2nd)

Points Against

490 points (4th)

609 points (10th)

Points Differential

+109 points (5th)

+53 points (6th)

Last Five Games

Played 5: Won 3, Lost 2

Played 5: Won 2, Lost 3