Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses says the team are up for the challenge of taking on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs without their three State of Origin stars this Saturday at ANZ, as the side looks to stay in touch with the top eight.
Game III of the 2016 State of Origin series will represent the first time that Wests Tigers have had three players absent due to Origin commitments, with James Tedesco, Robbie Farah and captain Aaron Woods all unavailable. And while the Bulldogs will only have two players absent, Moses said the team wasn't using that as an excuse for Saturday's performance.
"It'll be a tough game, we know that," he said. "The Bulldogs have been in good form.
"Anytime you take good players out of a side it's tough, but when you take someone like James Tedesco and the form he's been in out, it's a big one for us.
"But you know, at the same time, that just means there's more pressure on myself to step up and I'm looking forward to doing that for the team.
"It doesn't change the way that we play; we just need to end our sets a bit better.
"Our kicking game will be really important come Saturday. They've got a really good back three and we can't be giving them space, so we're going to have to really be on with that."
See what Mitch had to say in full about this week's game in the video above!