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Wests Tigers’ NYC side will look to keep their top four hopes alive when they take on the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium for their Round 25 clash this Saturday.

Currently sitting in sixth position, the close nature of the competition this year means that Andrew Webster’s side is still well and truly in the running for a top-four finish, but they can ill afford to drop points against the Raiders this weekend.

The hosts are out of finals contention but have been boosted by the return of several big guns from both injury and the Intrust Super Cup, and come into this match as very strong opponents — particularly playing in front of their home fans at GIO Stadium.

It’s shaping as a fascinating clash this week and one that Wests Tigers will be desperate to emerge victorious from as they push towards the 2014 finals.

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


Match Details

Date — Saturday, August 30

Time — 3:15pm (Gates open 3:00pm)

Venue — GIO Stadium, Canberra

Coverage — Click here to follow Wests Tigers on Twitter for live scores and commentary


Match Officials

Referee — Kasey Badger

Touch Judges — Phil Henderson and Brendan Lucas


Confirmed Squads

Jordan Grant returns from a bicep injury and will partner Dallas Graham in the front row. Andrew Kazzi drops out with injury; Tyler Cassel moving from the bench to take his spot at lock in the starting team. For the Raiders, big guns Patrick Mago and Luke Bateman have been named following stints in Intrust Super Cup, while fullback Andrew Heffernan again features at the back after a successful return from injury last week.


Wests Tigers


Canberra Raiders

Jeremy Marshall-King


Andrew Heffernan

John Tohi


Cleveland McGhie

Watson Heleta


Jack Crieth

Delouise Hoeter


Jono Kent

John Ogden


Lachlan Hurst

Te Maire Martin


Lachlan Lewis

Eli Levido


Matt Frawley

Dallas Graham


Jules Webley

Manaia Cherrington (capt.)


Dylan McGrath

Jordan Grant


Thoren Fidow-Kele

Salesi Funaki


Patrick Mago

Lamar Liolevave


Jack Williams

Tyler Cassel


Luke Bateman (capt.)

Hala Masila


Ricky Garard

Peter Ta’auso


Jamal Nchouki

Mason Farrell


Jordan Aiono-Fatu

Dwayne Lemafa


Kilu Pangai

Daniel Rakvin


Trent Schubach


Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

R20 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Wests Tigers 26

R21 — Wests Tigers 24 def. Melbourne Storm 22

R22 — North Queensland Cowboys 30 def. Wests Tigers 16

R23 — Wests Tigers 28 drew with Sydney Roosters 28

R24 — Wests Tigers 24 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22


Canberra Raiders

R20 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 def. Canberra Raiders 18

R21 — New Zealand Warriors 54 def. Canberra Raiders 6

R22 — Parramatta Eels 54 def. Canberra Raiders 26

R23 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 42 def. Canberra Raiders 22

R24 — Canberra Raiders 38 def. Cronulla Sharks 16


Coach’s Comment

“Canberra have dropped some quality players back this week; they made a difference last week against Cronulla. They’re looking a lot stronger than they have been, but it’s a challenge that we need going into the finals so we’re looking forward to it. We’re not scared of road trips; we’ll do what we always do on road trips in terms of preparation and we’ll come away with the points — that’s the plan…” (Andrew Webster, NYC Coach)


Key Player Stats

·       Watson Heleta ranks fourth in NYC for tries scores (20)

·       Dallas Graham ranks third in NYC for total tackles (695)

·       Te Maire Martin ranks first in NYC for line-break assists (24)

·       Manaia Cherrington ranks second in NYC for turnover tackles (15)

·       Manaia Cherrington ranks second in NYC for dummy-half runs (132)

·       Patrick Mago ranks first in NYC for charge-downs (4)

·       Te Maire Martin ranks first in NYC for handling errors (21)

·       Ricky Garard ranks first in NYC for missed tackles (91)

·       Te Maire Martin ranks second in NYC for try-assists (22)


Team Stats


Wests Tigers

Canberra Raiders


33 points (6th)

18 points (13th)

Points For

628 points (7th)

557 points (10th)

Points Against

532 points (8th)

816 points (16th)

2014 Home Record

Won 8, Lost 2, Drawn 1

Won 4, Lost 6, Drawn 0

2014 Away Record

Won 6, Lost 5, Drawn 0

Won 3, Lost 9, Drawn 0

2014 Total Record

Won 14, Lost 7, Drawn 1

Won 7, Lost 15, Drawn 0


Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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