Match Preview: NSW Cup, Finals Wk.1

Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from a last start defeat when they take on the Wyong Roos in their elimination semifinal this Sunday at Leichhardt Oval.

Paul Fletcher’s side let slip a chance to end the year with a top-four finish when they went down 26-16 to the Roos in their final match of the regular season, and will need to bounce back with a win if they are to keep their hopes at a premiership alive. They’ll be boosted by the fact they’re playing at Leichhardt Oval and will have the likes of Brenden Santi back for selection, but there’s no hiding the fact that the once table-toppers will need to improve their discipline and ball control if they’re to get the points this week.

The Roos will be thrilled just to have made the finals this year, and now have nothing to lose as they take on the Wests Tigers again this week. Mitch Williams was the chief architect in a shock victory away from home last week, and he looms again as the biggest threat that Wests Tigers will need to contain on Sunday afternoon.

There’s nothing better than semifinal football — especially when it’s a do-or-die clash between two tough teams like this one — so read on for a full preview of this week’s match including all the key details, live stream information, team news and more.

 

Match Details

Date — Sunday, September 7

Time — 4:00pm (Gates Open at 12:00pm)

Venue — Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Click here to secure your seat for our final home game of the year against the Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval on September 6.

Broadcast Details

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

Radio — Live coverage via Steele Sports, 2GLF FM 89.3 (check local guides)

Live Stream — Click here to watch a live stream of the match (via NSWRL)

 

Match Officials

Referee — Adam Cassidy

Touch Judges — Jay Farlow and Jason Higgins

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Wyong Roos

Kurtis Rowe

1

Mark Kheirallah

John Sila

2

Dale Clacherty

Kyle Lovett

3

Jay Florimo

Corey Brown

4

Shaune Corrigan

Setefano Taukafa

5

Damon Goolagong

Jack Madden

6

Jono Ford

Michael Stevens

7

Brock Molan

Jack Buchanan

8

Mark O’Meley

Joel Luani

9

Mitch Williams

James Gavet

10

Magnus Stromquist

Brenden Santi

11

Bennett Leslie

Jarred Farlow (capt.)

12

Tekina Vailea

Inno Inosesio

13

Zane Tetevano

Nathan Brown

14

Eloni Vunakece

Michael Bullock

15

Shaun Boss

Andy Fiagatusa

16

Sam Bernstrom

Sonny Bristow

17

Alex Langbridge

Sam Hollis

18

 

 

Last Five Matches

Wests Tigers

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

R24 — Wentworthville Magpies 44 def. Wests Tigers 6

R25 — Wyong Roos 26 def. Wests Tigers 16

 

Wyong Roos

R21 — Wyong Roos 30 def. Wentworthville Magpies 22

R22 — Wyong Roos 40 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18

R23 — Wyong Roos 26 def. Cronulla Sharks 8

R24 — Wyong Roos 40 def. Illawarra Cutters 26

R25 — Wyong Roos 26 def. Wests Tigers 16

 

When They Met: 2014

R3 — Wests Tigers 28 def. Wyong Roos 18

R25 — Wyong Roos 26 def. Wests Tigers 16

 

Coach’s Comment

“I don’t think we have to change much this week. The boys seem in really good spirits after we put last week’s game to bed, and they’re excited about finals footy now. Everyone’s looking forward to making amends for last week and I guess, not letting themselves down again. Last week the boys didn’t play at the level they wanted [so] it’s a good chance for redemption this week…” (Paul Fletcher, NSW Cup Head Coach)

 

Key Player Stats

·       Mitch Williams ranks first in the league for total receipts (1652)

·       Joel Luani ranks third in the league for total receipts (1429)

·       Magnus Stromquist ranks first in the league for runs (383)

·       Magnus Stromquist ranks first in the league for run metres (3434)

·       Brock Molan ranks fifth in the league for run metres (2458)

·       Setefano Taukafa ranks sixth in the league for tackle breaks (69)

·       Mitch Williams ranks third in the league for tackles (829)

 

Team Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Wyong Roos

Position

32 points (6th)

30 points (7th)

Points For

621 points (7th)

506 points (11th)

Points Against

560 points (6th)

556 points (5th)

Points Differential

+61 (5th)

-50 (9th)

Last Five Games

Won 2, Lost 3, Drawn 0

Won 5, Lost 0, Drawn 0