Wests Tigers will look to make it three wins in a row for the first time this season when they take on the Newcastle Knights in their Round 23 clash this Saturday.

Back home after coming up trumps with a gutsy 20-18 win over the Raiders last Monday night in Canberra, Wests Tigers will certainly fancy their chances at making it three wins in a row when they take on the Knights this weekend — a side they’ll be desperate to exact revenge on after a disappointing 22-12 loss when they met earlier in the season.

It certainly won’t be easy, however, with Newcastle desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder with just four weeks remaining in the regular season. Danny Buderus’ side showed plenty of fight in the second half against the Sydney Roosters before eventually going down 38-22, and will no doubt present a tough test for the home side this week.

It’s shaping as a fascinating clash between two sides eager to pick up the two points on offer, but who will emerge victorious on the day? Read on for a full match preview including all the game day details, team news, analysis and much, much more!

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, August 15, 2015

Time — 3:00pm (Gates open 10:20am)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Gavin Reynolds and Chris Sutton

Touch Judges — Adam Reid and Rohan Best

Video Referees — Gerard Sutton and Luke Patten

 

TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1 (subscription required)

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

Radio — FM 104.9 Triple M (Sydney and Brisbane), AM 702 ABC Grandstand, KOFM

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Newcastle Knights

James Tedesco

1

Jake Mamo

David Nofoaluma

2

Nathan Ross

Kevin Naiqama

3

Sione Mata’utia

Tim Simona

4

Dane Gagai

Pat Richards

5

Akuila Uate

Mitchell Moses

6

Kurt Gidley (capt.)

Luke Brooks

7

Tyrone Roberts

Aaron Woods

8

Kade Snowden

Robbie Farah (capt.)

9

Adam Clydsdale

Keith Galloway

10

Korbin Sims

Curtis Sironen

11

Beau Scott

Dene Halatau

12

Tariq Sims

Sauaso Sue

13

Jeremy Smith

Kyle Lovett

14

Tyler Randell

Jack Buchanan

15

Joseph Tapine

Ava Seumanufagai

16

Chris Houston

Brenden Santi

17

Clint Newtown

Manaia Cherrington

18

Sam Mataora

Jason Taylor

Coach

Danny Buderus

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R17 — Parramatta Eels 28 def. Wests Tigers 16

R19 — Brisbane Broncos 42 def. Wests Tigers 16

R20 — Sydney Roosters 33 def. Wests Tigers 8

R21 — Wests Tigers 34 def. Melbourne Storm 16

R22 — Wests Tigers 20 def. Canberra Raiders 18

 

Newcastle Knights

R18 — Canberra Raiders 36 def. Newcastle Knights 22

R19 — Newcastle Knights 30 def. Gold Coast Titans 2

R20 — South Sydney Rabbitohs 52 def. Newcastle Knights 6

R21 — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 46 def. Newcastle Knights 24

R22 — Sydney Roosters 38 def. Newcastle Knights 22

 

Last Time They Met — Round 10, 2015 (Newcastle 22 def. Wests Tigers 12)

After a controversial try to David Fa’alogo gave the Knights a 12-6 lead heading into the half-time break, Wests Tigers hit back after half-time with an opportunistic try to Luke Brooks — leveling the match at 12-all. The Knights pulled ahead shortly after, however, with a try to James McManus before a slew of missed opportunities by the visitors — including an infamous scrum-loss against the feed — allowed Chad Redman to crash over from dummy half late in the match and secure a 22-12 win for the home side.

 

The History

·       Against Newcastle — Played 20, Won 10, Lost 10, Drawn 0

·       At Campbelltown Sports Stadium — Played 6, Won 4, Lost 2, Drawn 0

 

Three Numbers to Know

·       5 — Wins by Wests Tigers in their last eight games against the Knights.

·       201 — Errors made by the Knights this season (5th most in the NRL)

·       15 — Try-assists from Luke Brooks this season (3rd most in the NRL)