Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup side will head into Friday’s Semi Final showdown with the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as firm underdogs, but certainly ready to give their best shot at a title after last week’s confidence-boosting victory.

Made to do an enormous amount of defensive work early in their Elimination Final, Brett Kimmorley’s side showed plenty of determination and courage to hang in the match — eventually emerging with a hard-fought 24-22 victory in the end.

They’ll now take on a Sea Eagles side on Friday night coming off a tough loss to the Penrith Panthers — a short turnaround for both sides after their respective matches.

David Heath’s side have been boosted of late by the return of star fullback Tom Trbojevic, who scored a try, set up another and ran for 143 metres in the 44-24 loss.

His presence out the back is no doubt a threat Wests Tigers will be keeping their eye on, and it’ll be interesting to see how the underdogs go trying to contain the elusive fullback.

For Wests Tigers, halves Te Maire Martin and Jeremy Marshall-King will be looking to continue their strong recent form following Sunday’s Elimination Final win. Marshall-King was a clear man-of-the-match in the victory — scoring two tries and setting one up as well — while the NYC Five Eighth of the Year Martin picked up a try and a try-assist.

How Wests Tigers’ forward pack — led by Junior Tatola and JJ Felise — go in setting the platform for that pair to thrive will certainly go a long way in deciding the result.

It’s definitely shaping as a fascinating sudden death Semi Final on Friday afternoon between two sides desperate to keep their premiership hopes alive in season 2015!

Who will emerge with the two points on offer? Read on for a full match preview including all the key details, team news, analysis, recent history and much more!

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Match Details

Date — Friday, September 18, 2015

Time — 5:15pm (Gates open at 5:00pm)

Venue — Allianz Stadium, Sydney

 

Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Matt Noyen and Jon Stone

Touch Judges — Lawrie McDonell and Kasey Badger

Video Referees — Steve Chiddy and Henry Perenara

 

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Confirmed Squads

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

 

Wests Tigers

Tom Trbojevic

1

Veiru Mapesone

Jesse Bogle

2

Ryland Jacobs

Addison Demetriou

3

Obed Karwhin

Jesse Ramen

4

Marion Seve

Mitch Thomas

5

Jayden Wheelhouse

Will Pearsall

6

Te Maire Martin (capt.)

Nicho Hynes

7

Jeremy Marshall-King

Liam Knight

8

Junior Tatola

Hugh Pratt

9

Jacob Liddle

Jyi Seymour

10

JJ Felise

James Parker

11

Esan Marsters

Billy Bainbridge

12

Bayley Sironen

Darcy Cox

13

Matthew Woods (capt.)

Riley Travers

14

John Tohi

Luke Garner

15

Pio Sokobalava

Dallas Koen

16

Raymond Stone

Moses Noovao-McGreal

17

Thomas Grealy

David Heath

Coach

Brett Kimmorley

 

2015 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

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

R26 — Wests Tigers 30 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 26

FW1 — Wests Tigers 24 def. Canberra Raiders 22

 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

R23 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 46 def. Canberra Raiders 18

R24 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18 def. Parramatta Eels 16

R25 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles def. Sydney Roosters 16

R26 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 52 def. Cronulla Sharks 6

FW1 — Penrith Panthers 44 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24

 

2015 Head-to-Head — Played 1, Won 0, Lost 1

•      R15 — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 44 def. Wests Tigers 24 (full Match Report)

 

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