Wests Tigers will be looking to bounce back this Saturday night when they take on the Gold Coast Titans at Scully Park in Tamworth.
After a tough week for Wests Tigers following their Easter Monday defeat to the Eels, the side will be looking to re-enter the winners circle this weekend against a Titans side on the lookout for a third win in a row after two good wins at home.
In a boost for the side, Robbie Farah has been cleared to play after his concussion knock last week, while Luke Garner (concussion) and Michael Chee Kam (suspension) are late withdrawals and will not feature on Saturday.
Halfback Luke Brooks is also free to play this week after taking the early guilty plea for a Grade 1 Dangerous Throw on Eels hooker Reed Mahoney.
Paul Momirovski, Elijah Taylor, David Nofoaluma and Chris McQueen have once again been named as reserves, having all featured for the club's Canterbury Cup side on Monday after originally being named in the 21-man NRL squad last week.
Two of those will likely come in to the team on game day, with Coach Michael Maguire remaining tight-lipped as to what the possible late changes will be.
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For the Titans, captain Ryan James is out with a season-ending ACL injury while Kevin Proctor returns after suffering a quad injury in warm-up last week.
Keegan Hipgrave has been named on the bench in place of Jack Stockwell. Jarrod Wallace is facing his second game of suspension and will be unavailable.
The visitors have a good record over Wests Tigers with five wins in their past six meetings, while Wests Tigers have proven to be incredibly adapt at bouncing back from heavy defeats — the side have won six of their last eight NRL games the week after conceding 50+ points, including their last three such fixtures on the bounce.
Date — Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time — 5:30pm AEST
Venue — Scully Park, Tamworth
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873, FM 104.9 Triple M Sydney
Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL Streaming (int.)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.67), Gold Coast Titans ($2.18)
Line — Wests Tigers -2.5 ($1.90), Gold Coast Titans + 2.5 ($1.90)
Odds correct on Thursday, April 25 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers — Robbie Farah has been cleared to play, while Luke Garner (concussion) and Michael Chee Kam (suspension) are out. Elijah Taylor has been named to return to the side and will replace Garner in the back row.
Gold Coast Titans — Captain Ryan James is out with a season-ending ACL injury while Kevin Proctor makes a return from injury. Keegan Hipgrave has been named on the bench in place of Jack Stockwell, but remains in some doubt.
Overall — Played 20, Gold Coast Titans 12, Wests Tigers 8
Last Time They Met — Gold Coast Titans 30 def. Wests Tigers 12
*** This is the first meting between the two sides at Scully Park, Tamworth
Match Referees — Peter Gough and Jon Stone
Touch Judges — Mark Bohan and Kasey Badger
Review Officials — Ben Lowe and Steve Chiddy
Paying our respects in Tamworth