Wests Tigers will be looking to build on their success from Round 1 this Sunday night when they take on the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
It was a strong start to the 2019 season for Wests Tigers last week with the home side producing a dominant second half display to defeat the Sea Eagles in wet conditions at Leichhardt Oval — a good platform for their first game under new Coach Michael Maguire and certainly something to build off this coming week.
The New Zealand Warriors also come in to the game off the back of an opening round win, with their thrashing of the Bulldogs putting them on top of the ladder.
The home side are still missing a couple of key players including David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence and Jacob Liddle but are boosted by the possible return of captain Moses Mbye, after the fullback was named in jersey 18. Maguire has named an unchanged lineup from last week, but that could change with Mbye impressing at training this week and firming as a likely starter for Sunday's game at fullback.
Mbye feeling confident ahead of probable injury return
Stephen Kearney's side are also unchanged after their last start win, but do have the possibility of bringing in Isaiah Papali'i (disciplinary) and Isaac Luke (knee) to the side after both players were named in the reserves for the first time this year.
Wests Tigers will also need to be on guard against the new halves combination of the visitors, who impressed last week against the Bulldogs. Playing as the dominant controlling half, Blake Green registered a number of try assists while rookie Adam Keighran scored a try and six goals to help his side to a 34-point victory.
The two teams last faced in the trials at the beginning of the month in Whangarei with the home side proving too good — Wests Tigers fighting back late to make it 26-16 against a strong Warriors side. Historically, however, the two sides have been far more level with Wests Tigers winning 15 of their matchups and the Warriors 14.
Last year, the two sides only had encounter in Round 9 with the Warriors winning at home, but prior to that it was four straight wins for Wests Tigers — including a number of big wins at Campbelltown throughout the past four years.
Date — Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time — 6:10pm AEST
Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873
Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL Streaming (int.)
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No changes to the 17 for Wests Tigers, although Moses Mbye and Josh Reynolds are both available after being included in the reserves. Mbye takes the place of Jacob Liddle, who picked up an ankle injury last week in Canterbury Cup.
For the Warriors, Isaiah Papali'i returns on the bench in place of Blake Ayshford, while Issac Luke could also return after being named in the reserves.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 18 Moses MbyeFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey ThompsonWinger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan MarstersCentre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert JenningsCentre for Warriors is number 4 Solomone Kata
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe FonuaWinger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Adam Keighran
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben MatulinoProp for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie FarahHooker for Warriors is number 22 Issac Luke
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah TaylorLock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell PackerInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Sam Lisone
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh AloiaiInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah Papali'i
Overall — Played 30, Wests Tigers 15, New Zealand Warriors 14
At Campbelltown — Played 6, Wests Tigers 4, New Zealand Warriors 2
Last Time They Met — New Zealand Warriors 26 def. Wests Tigers 4
Match Referees — Ashley Klein and Matt Noyen
Touch Judges — Michael Wise and Peter Gough
Review Officials — Henry Perenara and Ben Galea
Getting ready for the Warriors!