Wests Tigers NYC side will be looking to bounce back from a tough 24-20 loss last week when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs this week.
After being 18-0 down early in the match, Brett Kimmorley’s side rallied back to lead 20-18 in the final 10 minutes of the match, but a late try to the Rabbitohs stole back victory and gave Wests Tigers their second loss from their opening three games of 2015.
They’ll no doubt be keen to reverse the result this weekend against a Bulldogs side that, despite some disappointing results to start 2015, are certainly better than those scores might suggest. Scott Murray’s men mixed it with an undefeated Sea Eagles side last week, trailing by just two at half time, before dropping away to lose 34-16, and they'll definitely be looking to pick up their first win of the year this Friday against an undermanned Wests Tigers.
Three Wests Tigers players were charged from last week’s defeat to the Rabbitohs, with centre Marion Seve taking the early guilty plea to a Grade 5 Dangerous Throw Charge — ruling out of the side for the next six weeks. Playmakers Eli Levido and Jacob Liddle were also both charged in the loss, but are free to play this week with early guilty pleas.
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Date — Friday, March 27
Time — 5:20pm (Gates open at 5:15pm)
Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Match Officials —Jarrod Cole (Referee), Liam Nichols and Jeff Hartup (Touch Judges)
1. Sione Alofi 2. John Tohi 3. Watson Heleta 4. Ryland Jacobs 5. Obed Karwhin 6. Te Maire Martin 7. Eli Levido 8. JJ Felise 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Tiawharangi Aranui 11. Mark McCormack 12. Junior Tatola 13. Tyler Cassel (Interchange: 14. Hala Masila 15. Thomas Grealy 16. Veiru Mapesone 17. Pio Sokobalavau) — Coach: Brett Kimmorley
1. Joseph Burchell 2. John Fomai 3. Ruebenn Rennie 4. Michael Morgan 5. Ethan Natoli 6. Brendan Cox 7. Guy Hamilton 8. Jake Kamire 9. Brad Keighran 10. Darcy Maroske 11. Harry Pondekas 12. Renouf To’omaga 13. Siaopo Tagaloa (Interchange: 14. Ali Alouche 15. Jamel Hunt 16. Royce Hunt 17. Mitch Subotin) — Coach: Scott Murray
R1 — Gold Coast Titans 34 def. Wests Tigers 16
R2 — Wests Tigers 50 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 26
R3 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 def. Wests Tigers 20
R1 — Penrith Panthers 30 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12
R2 — Parramatta Eels 30 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10
R3 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 34 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16