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Wests Tigers will be looking to close out the 2018 in style by claiming another giant scalp this Thursday night when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Having already trounced the Bunnies once this season — as they have so many of the top four sides — Ivan Cleary's men will be determined to ensure the progress they've made in 2018 doesn't go unnoticed by capping off their season with a winning record and a victory over the premiership hopeful Rabbitohs.

Not since 2011 have Wests Tigers ended the year with a winning record, but with 12 wins and 11 losses coming in to Thursday night's game, they can end that streak with their 13th win in their season finale.

Should they achieve that, incredibly, they'd be the first side since the 1999 Canberra Raiders to register 13 wins and not make the finals, after wins to the Brisbane Broncos and New Zealand Warriors last weekend confirmed Wests Tigers would fall agonisingly short of the top eight with a ninth-placed finish.

With nothing to lose, as such, and boosted by the mid-week news that both Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall will play on in 2019, Wests Tigers certainly present a tricky opponent for a South Sydney side coming off a disappointing defeat to the Raiders last weekend and a tough run of form overall.

Cleary gives final word on Rabbitohs clash

Since beating the Melbourne Storm back in Round 21 that had many declare the cardinal and myrtle as competition favourites, Anthony Siebold's side have lost their last three games (albeit against tough opposition) and are in danger of missing the top four all together with a loss on Thursday night.

Souths have lost five of their last six games to Wests Tigers, and Ivan Cleary's side will certainly be out to spoil the party once again this week as they look to head in to 2019 with plenty of reasons to be confident.

 

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time — 7:50pm AEST

Venue — ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — FOX League (Ch.502) and Channel 9

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873, FM 104.9 Triple M Sydney

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, 9Now, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL Streaming (exc. Australia)

LATEST BETEASY ODDS

H2H — South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.36), Wests Tigers ($3.25)

Line — South Sydney Rabbitohs -8.5 ($1.92), Wests Tigers +8.5 ($1.92)

Odds correct on Wednesday, August 2 at 12:00pm — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

One More Year?

TEAM LISTS

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Alex Johnston
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Campbell Graham
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Greg Inglis
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Esan Marsters
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Mahe Fonua
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Kevin Naiqama
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 17 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 George Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Ben Matulino
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 John Sutton
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Chris Lawrence
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Sam Burgess
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Hymel Hunt
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Cameron Murray
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Alex Twal
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Jason Clark
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Dean Britt
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Jacob Liddle

Josh Aloiai starts at prop in place of Matt Eisenhuth, who drops back to the bench alongside Jacob Liddle, who replaces Robbie Rochow. South Sydney are unchanged and will line up 1-17.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 31, South Sydney Rabbitohs 16, Wests Tigers 15

At ANZ Stadium — Played 16, Wests Tigers 9, South Sydney Rabbitohs 7

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 22 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 6 (Rd.19, 2018)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Ashley Klein and Adam Gee

Touch Judges — Belinda Sleeman and Chris Sutton

Review Officials — Ben Galea and Steve Chiddy

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