Playing at Leichhardt Oval for the first time in 2015, Wests Tigers will look to pick up another two competition points when they take on the Canberra Raiders.

A trip across the Tasman last week produced a spirited second half comeback by Jason Taylor’s side, but not enough to snatch a victory away from the hosts, who emerged with a 32-22 scoreline that didn’t reflect how close the match truly was.

They’ll be looking to bounce back this week against a Raiders side that they’ve had the better of in recent years, but one that has improved out of sight this year under Ricky Stuart and new halves pairing in former Wests Tigers player Blake Austin and Sam Williams.

Sitting in 15th position, the Raiders were unlucky not to get the two points last week against Melbourne and perhaps even in a few other matches this season, and will be keen to ensure they don’t leave Sydney empty-handed this time around.

Who will emerge from the suburban Sydney ground with the two points in hand? Read on for a full match preview including all the key statistics, team news and much more.

There's NOTHING quite like a packed hill! Be there on Sunday, April 19 when we take on the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval!

Match Details

Date — Sunday, April 19, 2015

Time — 2:00pm (Gates open 11:40am)

Venue — Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

 

Match Officials

Referees — Henry Perenara

Touch Judges — Chris Sutton and Anthony Eliott

Video Referees — Matt Cecchin and Luke Patten

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live coverage via Fox Sports 1 (Ch. 501)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand and AM 873 2GB Sydney (check local guides)

Live Stream — Live via Foxtel Go and NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

 

Tickets and Membership

Click here to become a Leichhardt Oval Member and get entry to all games for $115!

Tickets are available for purchase via Ticketek (click here), with GA starting at $26.

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Canberra Raiders

James Tedesco

1

Jack Wighton

Kevin Naiqama

2

Edrick Lee

Tim Simona

3

Jarrod Croker (capt.)

Chris Lawrencre

4

Sisa Waqa

Pat Richards

5

Jeremy Hawkins

Mitchell Moses

6

Blake Austin

Luke Brooks

7

Sam Williams

Aaron Woods

8

Josh Papalii

Robbie Farah (capt.)

9

Josh Hodgson

Keith Galloway

10

Dane Tilse

Curtis Sironen

11

Jarrad Kennedy

Kyle Lovett

12

Iosia Soliola

Martin Taupau

13

Shaun Fensom

Dene Halatau

14

Glen Buttriss

Ava Seumanufagai

15

Frank-Paul Nuuausala

Jack Buchanan

16

Paul Vaughan

Sauaso Sue

17

Mark Nicholls

Joel Luani

18

Jordan Rapana

Jason Taylor

Coach

Ricky Stuart

Again, no changes for Jason Taylor's side from last week, with hooker Joel Luani included on an extended interchange bench. For the Raiders, Shaun Fensom and Josh Hodgson have been named despite suffering what looked to be serious injuries last week, while outside back Jordan Rapana comes on to an extended interchange bench as well.

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R2 — Wests Tigers 22 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 4

R3 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 def. Wests Tigers 6

R4 — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 25 def. Wests Tigers 24

R5 — Wests Tigers 22 def. Parramatta Eels 6

R6 — New Zealand Warriors 32 def. Wests Tigers 22

 

Canberra Raiders

R2 — New Zealand Warriors 18 def. Canberra Raiders 6

R3 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 22 def. Canberra Raiders 20

R4 — Sydney Roosters 34 def. Canberra Raiders 6

R5 — Canberra Raiders 29 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16

R6 — Melbourne Storm 14 def. Canberra Raiders 10

 

Match History

·       Against the Raiders — Played 28, Won 17, Lost 11

·       At Leichhardt Oval — Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1

 

Three Key Facts

  • Wests Tigers have won 10 of their past 12 games against the Raiders
  • Aaron Woods leads the league with an average of 216 metres per game
  • Jarrad Kennedy ranks second in the league for missed tackles with 25 this year

 

2015 Key Player Stats

 

Wests Tigers

Canberra Raiders

Most points

Pat Richards (51 points)

Jarrod Croker (42 points)

Most hit-ups

Aaron Woods (96 hit-ups)

Paul Vaughan (88 hit-ups)

Most metres

Aaron Woods (1077 metres)

Paul Vaughan (971 metres)

Most tackles

Robbie Farah (267 tackles)

Shaun Fensom (269 tackles)