Wests Tigers Intrust Super Premiership side will be looking to wrap up a top four spot on Sunday when they take on the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.
Coming into the match sitting in third position on 32 points, Wests Tigers know that anything other than a loss would guarantee them a spot in the top four heading into the start of next week's finals series. Even if they were beaten by the Knights, the Warriors would need to win big over the Penrith Panthers on at Mount Smart Stadium to jump Wests Tigers into the top four, with a 24-point gap in points differential between the two.
Defending premiers, Newcastle will finish the year with a disappointing wooden spoon in the Intrust Super Premiership competition, having won just two games all season.
When they met Wests Tigers earlier in the year, it finished in a 38-10 victory to Paul Stringer's side, but the Knights will no doubt be looking to lift in all three grades come Sunday afternoon as they celebrate their infamous "Old Boys" Day at Hunter Stadium.
Despite not chalking up wins, Newcastle have pushed both the sixth-placed Wyong and fourth-placed Newtown in the past month, and will be a tricky opponent on Sunday.
While unlikely, the prospect of finishing with a home final isn't completely out of the equation for Wests Tigers, either — currently just two points behind the Illawarra Cutters. In order to jump the St. George-Illawarra Dragons feeder club, though, they would need the Cutters to lose to Wyong on Saturday and make up a 73-points differential gap.
Wests Tigers could also finish the regular season with the best attack in the competition, should they continue to deliver the hurt on the bottom-placed Newcastle Knights.
Stringer's men have amassed 569 points in 2016 — just 18 behind the top-of-the-table Mounties, who will be without halves Lachlan Croker and Sam Williams on Saturday.
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INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP ROUND 25
Newcastle Knights (12th) vs. Wests Tigers (3rd)
Sunday, August 28 at 11:45am
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
WESTS TIGERS — 1. Watson Heleta 2. Charlie Taylor 3. Chance Peni 4. Tony Tali 5. Jayden Wheelhouse 6. Jack Littlejohn 7. Justin Hunt 8. Jordan Grant 9. Robbie Farah 10. JJ Felise 11. Tyler Cassel 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Matthew Eisenhuth (Interchange: 14. Manaia Cherrington 15. Jackson Williams 16. Wesley Lolo 17. Dallas Graham 18. Manaia Rudolph)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS — 1. Dylan Phythian 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Ryan Walker 4. Tom Hughes 5. Bryce Donovan 6. Jaleen Feeney 7. Jake McNamara 8. Uiti Baker 9. Krys Freeman 10. Jack Stockwell 11. Pauli Pauli 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. David Bhana (Interchange: 14. Kurt Aldridge 15. Ben Stone 16. Bradie Smith 17. Sam Bernstrom)