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Wests Tigers will look to extend a strong recent record over the Cronulla Sharks when they meet this Saturday at Remondis Stadium for their Round 24 clash.

Winners in 15 of their last 18 games against the Sharks, Wests Tigers will be keen to continue that record this Saturday as they desperately look to pick up two points and keep teams between them and the bottom of the ladder. Jason Taylor’s side appear to have turned a corner with two wins in their last three games — coinciding with the return of captain Robbie Farah from injury — and will no doubt be keen to bounce back into the winners circle this weekend following a heartbreaking 24-18 loss to the Newcastle Knights.

For the home side, a last-start flogging at the hands of the Storm was hardly the run into the finals that Shane Flanagan would have been after, and as such, the Sharks will be looking for a much-improved performance to consolidate their top eight spot.

It’s therefore as an intriguing clash at Remondis Stadium on Saturday between two sides both equally desperate for the two points on offer, albeit for very contrasting reasons.

Who will walk away with the two points on offer? Read on for a full match preview including all the team news, statistical analysis, match information and more!

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, August 22, 2015

Time — 3:00pm (Gates open 10:20am)

Venue — Remondis Stadium, Woolooware

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Grant Atkins and Matt Noyen

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Anthony Eliott

Video Referees — Ashley Klein and Daniel Irvine

 

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, AM 702 ABC Grandstand (check local guides)

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

Cronulla Sharks

James Tedesco

1

Michael Gordon

David Nofoaluma

2

Sosaia Feki

Kevin Naiqama

3

Gerard Beale

Tim Simona

4

Ricky Leutele

Pat Richards

5

Valentine Holmes

Mitchell Moses

6

Jack Bird

Luke Brooks

7

Jeff Robson

Aaron Woods

8

Chris Heighington

Robbie Farah (capt.)

9

Michael Ennis

Sauaso Sue

10

Sam Tagataese

Curtis Sironen

11

Luke Lewis

Dene Halatau

12

Wade Graham

Martin Taupau

13

Paul Gallen (capt.)

Kyle Lovett

14

Matt Prior

Keith Galloway

15

Anthony Tupou

Ava Seumanufagai

16

Tinirau Arona

Chris Lawrence

17

Jayson Bukuya

Manaia Cherrington

18

 

Jack Buchanan

19

 

Jason Taylor

Coach

Shane Flanagan

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

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

R23 — Newcastle Knights 24 def. Wests Tigers 18
 

Cronulla Sharks

R19 — Cronulla Sharks 21 def. Canberra Raiders 20

R20 — Cronulla Sharks 18 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16

R21 — Cronulla Sharks 18 def. New Zealand Warriors 14

R22 — Cronulla Sharks 30 def. North Queensland Cowboys 18

R23 — Melbourne Storm 28 def. Cronulla Sharks 2

 

Last Five Meetings

2014, Rd.26 — Wests Tigers 26 def. Cronulla Sharks 10 (Leichhardt Oval)

2014, Rd.10 — Wests Tigers 22 def. Cronulla Sharks 20 (Remondis Stadium)

2013, Rd.17 — Cronulla Sharks 36 def. Wests Tigers 22 (Remondis Stadium)

2013, Rd.9 — Cronulla Sharks 30 def. Wests Tigers 6 (Allianz Stadium)

2012, Rd.1 — Wests Tigers 17 def. Cronulla Sharks 16 (Leichhardt Oval)

 

The History

·       Against Cronulla Sharks — Played 25, Won 17, Lost 7, Drawn 1

·       At Remondis Stadium — Played 12, Won 8, Lose 3, Drawn 1