Wests Tigers will look to build on an impressive last-start win when they take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in their Round 15 clash this Friday night.

Missing their Origin stars and back-rower Curtis Sironen due to a neck injury, Wests Tigers led from start to finish to record an incredible 28-point win over the defending premiers — the biggest loss for the Rabbitohs since 2011 — and they’ll no doubt take plenty of confidence from that performance into Friday night’s match at Brookvale Oval.

In contrast, the Sea Eagles will be well rested after a bye in Round 14, and will be desperate to bounce back with a win following three straight defeats before last weekend.

The Geoff Toovey-coached side sit bottom of the ladder with just 10 points, but with a vast array of attacking talent, led by Daly Cherry-Evans, there’s no doubting that the Sea Eagles loom as a tough proposition on Friday night — particularly in front of their home fans.

With Origin players expected to back-up from both sides, it’s shaping as an intriguing clash on Friday, and one that could prove to be crucial later on in the season.

Who will walk away with the two competition points? Read on for a full match preview including all the key details, team news, analysis, statistics and much more!

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Match Details

Date — Friday, June 19, 2015

Time — 7:45pm AEST

Venue — Brookvale Oval, Manly

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Jared Maxwell and Chris James

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Adam Reid

Video Referees — Shayne Hayne and Daniel Irvine

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Channel 9 (Live NSW and QLD)

Live Stream — NRL Digital Pass (subscription required)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M Sydney

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

South Sydney Rabbitohs

James Tedesco

1

Brett Stewart

Kevin Naiqama

2

Jorge Taufua

David Nofoaluma

3

Peta Hiku

Tim Simona

4

Steve Matai

Pat Richards

5

Tom Trbojevic

Mitchell Moses

6

Kieran Foran

Luke Brooks

7

Daly Cherry-Evans

Aaron Woods (capt.)

8

Luke Burgess

Dene Halatau

9

Matt Ballin

Keith Galloway

10

Willie Mason

Kyle Lovett

11

Blake Leary

Chris Lawrence

12

Tom Symonds

Martin Taupau

13

Dunamis Lui

Ava Seumanufagai

14

Feleti Mateo

Matthew Lodge

15

Jake Trbojevic

Brenden Santi

16

James Hasson

Manaia Cherrington

17

Ligi Sao

Jack Buchanan

21/22

Josh Starling

Jason Taylor

Coach

Geoff Toovey


For Wests Tigers, Aaron Woods returns from Origin duties and moves into the starting side at the expense of Sauaso Sue (shoulder). Jason Taylor has made no other changes to the side that beat Souths in Round 14, with Robbie Farah (elbow) not named despite playing State of Origin Game II on Wednesday night. For the Sea Eagles, captain Jamie Lyon is out of the side, with Peta Hiku moving into the centres and Tom Trbojevic on to the wing. Tom Symonds moves into the starting side for the suspended Justin Horo, while James Hasson comes on to a five-man bench that also includes Feleti Mateo.

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R9 — Sydney Roosters 36 def. Wests Tigers 4

R10 — Newcastle Knights 22 def. Wests Tigers 12

R11 — North Queensland Cowboys 8 def. Wests Tigers 0

R13 — Gold Coast Titans 27 def. Wests Tigers 20

R14 — Wests Tigers 34 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 6

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

R8 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 def. Melbourne Storm 10

R9 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30 def. Newcastle Knights 10

R10 — Penrith Panthers 11 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10

R12 — North Queensland Cowboys 18 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14

R13 — Brisbane Broncos 44 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10

 

Match History

•       Against the Sea Eagles — Played 21, Won 8, Lost 13

•       At Brookvale Oval — Played 7, Won 1, Lost 6

 

Numbers to Know

•     12 — Wests Tigers haven’t won at Brookvale Oval since 2003 (12 years).

•     200 — Keith Galloway will play his 200th first-grade match on Friday night.

•     63 — The Sea Eagles have converted just 63% of their tries this year.

•     11 — Luke Brooks ranks second in the league for try-assists this year with 11.