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Wests Tigers will look to put a tough run of defeats behind them when they take on the Newcastle Knights this Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

After a close but ultimately unrewarding clash against the Gold Coast Titans on Friday night, Ivan Cleary’s side will make up the M1 desperate to end their losing streak at seven games.

Originally named to return from an ankle injury, James Tedesco will not take part for Cleary's men after being ruled out yesterday — bringing Malakai Watene-Zelezniak back in to the team.

Kevin Naiqama moves from wing back to fullback, as per last week's change.

Following their impressive performances over the past fortnight, Matt Eisenhuth and Esan Marsters retain their positions in the squad and will again be keen to stake their claims. 

After a mentally draining loss to the Dragons last Sunday, Newcastle will similarly be desperate to get back in the winners circle with just one victory since Round 2.

Nathan Brown’s men looked to have the win in the bag last week with a commanding half-time advantage, before a second half collapse allowed the Red V to claw their way back.

How a young side responds to the mental hurdle of backing up a devastating defeat like that will be key on Sunday with the two points on offer certainly vital for both teams.

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Date — Sunday, July 02, 2017

Time — 2:00pm AEST

Venue — McDonald Jones Stadium



TV — Fox League (Ch.502, subscription required)

Radio — Live via AM 702 ABC Grandstand and AM 2GB 873

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



Referees — Gavin Reynolds and Alan Shortall

Touch Judges — Dave Ryan and Chris Sutton

Review Officials — Ashley Klein and Ben Galea



Head to Head — Knights ($1.80), Wests Tigers ($2.05)

Line — Knights -1.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +1.5 ($1.94)

Latest odds via (18+ only, gamble responsibly).

(Odds correct as of Wednesday, June 21 at 11:00am AEST)



Newcastle Knights

1. Nathan Ross 2. Ken Sio 3. Dane Gagai 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Brendan Elliot 6. Brock Lamb 7. Jaelen Feeney 8. Daniel Saifiti 9. Danny Levi 10. Josh King 11. Sione Mata’utia 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitch Barnett (Interchange: 14. Jamie Buhrer 15. Joe Wardle 17. Jacob Saifiti 18. Sam Mataora 19. Sam Stone 20. Trent Hodkinson)

Wests Tigers

5. Kevin Naiqama 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Moses Suli 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Tui Lolohea 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Ava Seumanufagai 11. Sauaso Sue 12. Kyle Lovett 13. Elijah Taylor (Interchange: 14. Matt Eisenhuth 16. Michael Chee Kam 17. Matt McIlwrick 19. Jack Littlejohn 20. Joel Edwards 21. Alex Twal)

Team Lists Update

1:00pm, Sunday — Final 17-man team lists confirmed



Newcastle Knights

Round 12 — BYE

Round 13 — Melbourne Storm 40 def. Newcastle Knights 12

Round 14 — Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 18 def. Newcastle Knights 14

Round 15 — BYE

Round 16 — St George Illawarra Dragons 32 def. Newcastle Knights 28

Wests Tigers

Round 12 — BYE

Round 13 — St George Illawarra Dragons 16 def. Wests Tigers 12

Round 14 — Sydney Roosters 40 def. Wests Tigers 18

Round 15 — Cronulla Sharks 24 def. Wests Tigers 22

Round 16 — Gold Coast Titans 26 def. Wests Tigers 14



·       Head-to-Head — Played 23, Wests Tigers 11, Knights 12

·       McDonald Jones Stadium — Played 13, Wests Tigers 5, Knights 8

·       Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 20 def. Newcastle Knights 12 (Rd. 11, 2016)




Newcastle Knights

Wests Tigers


15th (8 points)

16th (8 points)

Home Form

Won 2, Lost 4

Won 1, Lost 7

Away Form

Won 0, Lost 8

Won 2, Lost 5

Points Scored

238 points (14th)

218 points (15th)

Points Conceded

383 points (14th)

396 points (16th)


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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