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Wests Tigers will look to open season 2016 on a winning note when they take on the Vodafone Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Having put 50 points past the Warriors in their most recent encounter in Round 25 last year, Jason Taylor’s side will head into Saturday’s encounter full of confidence, but well aware of the attacking threat that their opponents possess, with a new-look spine of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Shaun Johnson, Jeff Robson and Isaac Luke to debut together.

Tipped by many as a top-four certainty in 2016, the Warriors head into Saturday’s game on the back of a convincing loss to the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in their final trial. The men from across the Tasman have a notoriously bad record at the start of the year, so it’ll be interesting to see whether they can kick into gear straight away on Saturday.

For Wests Tigers, playing in hot conditions will no doubt suit the home side, although they will be hampered by the losses of Dene Halatau and Luke Brooks to suspension and hooker Robbie Farah to a knee injury. Young gun hooker Manaia Cherrington will make his first NRL start after an impressive debut season in 2015, while Jordan Rankin, Jack Littlejohn, Josh Aloiai and Tim Grant will all make their Club debuts this weekend.

With plenty of family-friendly activities for Multicultural Round, all three grades and glorious sunshine featuring on the day, it’s shaping as a wonderful day out to kick start season 2016 and an intriguing clash between two very contrasting opponents.

Be there for the first game of 2016 when we take on the Warriors! Get your tickets here!

Match Details

Date — Saturday, March 5, 2016

Time — 5:30pm (Gates open 1:05pm)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium


Match Officials

On-Field Referees — Ashley Klein and Chris Suttor

Touch Judges — Russell Turner and Ricky McFarlane

Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy


TV, Live Stream and Radio Information

TV — Live via Fox Sports 1 (subscription required)

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

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB (check local guides)

Confirmed Squads

Wests Tigers


New Zealand Warriors

James Tedesco


Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

David Nofoaluma


Tuimoala Lolohea

Kevin Naiqama


Blake Ayshford

Tim Simona


Solomone Kata

Jordan Rankin


Manu Vatuvei

Mitchell Moses


Shaun Johnson

Jack Littlejohn


Jeff Robson

Aaron Woods (capt.)


Jacob Lillyman

Manaia Cherrington


Isaac Luke

Tim Grant


Ben Matulino

Curtis Sironen


Ben Henry

Chris Lawrence


Ryan Hoffman (capt.)

Sauaso Sue


Simon Mannering

Kyle Lovett


Nathaniel Roache

Josh Aloiai


Sam Lisone

Ava Seumanufagai


James Gavet

Jack Buchanan


Bodene Thompson

Michael Chee Kam


Honathan Wright



Albert Vete

Jason Taylor


Andrew McFadden


2016 Recent Results

Wests Tigers

TRIAL — Wests Tigers 18 def. Melbourne Storm 16

TRIAL — Wests Tigers 30 drew Cronulla Sharks 30


New Zealand Warriors

TRIAL —  New Zealand Warriors 40 def. Gold Coast Titans 18

TRIAL — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 46 def. New Zealand Warriors 10


Last Time They Met — Rd.25, 2015 (Wests Tigers 50 def. Warriors 16)

With both sides out of running for the finals and ravaged by a number of injuries, Wests Tigers blew out with the Warriors with a convincing attacking performance in their final home game of the season. Robbie Farah set up three tries and scored one himself, while David Nofoaluma (2), Tim Simona, James Tedesco and Kevin Naiqama all bagged tries.

The History

·       Against the Warriors — Played 25, Won 12, Lost 13

·       At Campbelltown Stadium — Played 5, Won 3, Lost 2


Three Final Facts

·       Wests Tigers have won their first home game of the year every year since 2007

·       Wests Tigers have lost just eight of their last 23 games at Campbelltown Stadium

·       This is the Warriors’ only Sydney game until Round 16 of the 2016 NRL Season


Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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