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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.

MATCH DETAILS

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.)

NRL.com preview Warriors clash at Campbelltown


LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.80), New Zealand Warriors ($2.00)

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LATEST TEAM NEWS

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 18 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 David Fusitu'a
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Solomone Kata
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Adam Keighran
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Warriors is number 22 Issac Luke
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Lachlan Burr

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Russell Packer
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Leeson Ah Mau
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Isaiah Papali'i

HEAD-TO-HEAD

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 OFFICIALS

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!