Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup side head into this week's clash with the St. George Illawarra Dragons knowing they are guaranteed a place in this year’s NYC Finals.

However, their final position on the competition’s ladder is yet to be decided.

With a thrilling draw on the weekend against the New Zealand Warriors, the young Wests Tigers are sitting in sixth place and may rise as high as fifth or as low as eighth, pending the results of the final round. It is also a real possibility the Wests Tigers will face off against the Warriors again in the opening week of the finals which would set up an intriguing clash indeed.

The last time Brett Kimmorley’s side met with the Dragons was in Round 2 at Campbelltown, with the home side convincing 50-26 winners on the day.

Read on for a full match preview including all the team news, analysis and more.

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Match Details

Date — Saturday, September 5, 2015

Time —  3:15pm AEST

Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referee — Tim Roby

Touch Judges — Phil Sung & Drew Oultram

 

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers

 

St George Illawarra Dragons

Sione Alofi

1

Paora Kemp

Ryland Jacobs

2

Patrick Herbert

Obed Karwhin

3

Topiese Taufa

Marion Seve

4

Reuben Garrick

Jayden Wheelhouse

5

Thomas Carr

Te Maire Martin (capt.)

6

Adam Clune

Jeremy Marshall - King

7

Jack Payne

Junior Tatola

8

Jay Gallagher

Jacob Liddle

9

Ryan Fletcher

JJ Felise

10

Blake Lawrie

Matthew Woods

11

Ryan James

Bayley Sironen

12

Jacob Host

Tyler Cassel

13

Hame Sele

Veiru Mapesone

14

Nathan Leatigaga

Pio Sokobalava

15

Kelly Tate

Thomas Marsters

16

Peter James Los’e

Esan Marsters

17

Jack Kavanagh

 

18

Matthew Jurd

 

19

Josh Daley

Brett Kimmorley

Coach

Ben Hornby

     

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

R21 — Wests Tigers 34 def. Melbourne Storm 18

R22 — Canberra Raiders 36 def. Wests Tigers 34

R23 — Wests Tigers 54 def. Newcastle Knights 12

R24 — Wests Tigers 46 def. Cronulla Sharks 20

R25 — Wests Tigers 16 drew New Zealand Warriors 16

 

St. George Illawarra Dragons

R21 — St. George Illawarra Dragons 48 def. Newcastle Knights 18

R22 — New Zealand Warriors 26 def. St. George Illawarra Dragons 18

R23 — Brisbane Broncos 34 def. St. George Illawarra Dragons 22

R24 — St. George Illawarra Dragons 28 def. Penrith Panthers 16

R25 — St. George Illawarra Dragons 48 def. Gold Coast Titans 18

 

Key Facts & Figures

·      Wests Tigers are guaranteed a spot in the finals series regardless of this week's result

·      A win could see them finish as high as fifth, while a loss could them finish eighth

·      Likely opponents could be the New Zealand Warriors in sudden death playoff

·      Jacob Liddle has the most dummy half runs in the competition with 153

·      Te Maire Martin leads with competition with 28 try assists

·      Obed Karwhin has scored 20 tries in the season, equal third highest in competition