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Wests Tigers will be looking to build on last week's come-from-behind victory when they take on the Sydney Roosters in their Round 8 clash this week at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.

Michael Maguire's men will be heading to the SCG for the first time since 2013, looking to build on their current top eight position. Last week’s Wests Tigers fought back after being down against the Gold Coast Titans to take a 30-14 victory in Tamworth, while the Sydney Roosters' ANZAC Day match against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons saw the competition favourites chalk up their fourth straight win.

Having lost Josh Reynolds (knee) in the early stages of last week's win, Maguire will again look to former Rooster Ryan Matterson at five-eighth, with the utility forward called in as a late replacement for Benji Marshall. Marshall had been scheduled to make his return from a hamstring injury suffered in Round 3, but was a late withdrawal for Saturday's game, with Matterson instead moving in to the halves.

Matterson's move to the halves sees Luke Garner return to the run-on side after missing out last week due to necessary concussion protocols, with the former Roosters squad forward joining Chris McQueen in the back row. 

McQueen was impressive in his return to first-grade last week against the Titans and has retained his spot in the back row as such, with Elijah Taylor on the bench.

David Nofoaluma was the other player omitted by Maguire 24 hours before kickoff, with Russell Packer, Paul Momirovski and Jacob Liddle retained as reserves.

Press Conference: Chris McQueen

For the Roosters, Coach Trent Robinson will welcome back Luke Keary from concussion with the five-eighth replacing Lachlan Lam in the halves, while Isaac Liu also returns from a broken finger to slot in at lock in place of Mitchell Aubusson.

Aubusson himself will play out of position once more with Matt Ikuvalu's late omission seeing Joseph Manu move to the wing and Aubusson to the centres.

Jake Friend's biceps injury forces Victor Radley shift from lock to hooker, while Sam Verrils joins Lam as the two reserve players retained as part of the 19-man squad.

The Sydney Roosters hold a remarkable head-to-head advantage over Wests Tigers with 11 wins from their last 12 matchups, although the visitors will gain confidence from their performances against the Tricolours in 2018 that saw them secure a win in Round 1 before going down in the final seconds of their Round 13 clash.


MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, May 4, 2019

Time — 7:35pm AEST

Venue — Sydney Cricket Ground


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 (int.)


LATEST TEAM NEWS

Sydney Roosters — Luke Keary (concussion) returns in place of Lachlan Lam, while Victor Radley moves to hooker in place of Jake Friend (biceps). Isaac Liu's return from a broken finger sees him move to lock, while Mitchell Aubusson shifts to the centres and Joseph Manu to the wing to cover Matt Ikuvalu (knee). 

Wests Tigers — Benji Marshall (hamstring) will not play after being omitted from the squad 24 hours before kickoff. Instead, Ryan Matterson will partner Luke Brooks in the halves with Luke Garner returning from concussion to start in the back row.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
  • Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
  • Centre for Roosters is number 17 Mitchell Aubusson
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
  • Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
  • Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
  • 2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Josh Aloiai

Interchange

  • Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Nat Butcher
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Lindsay Collins
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jacob Liddle

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LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Sydney Roosters ($1.18), Wests Tigers ($4.75)

Line — Sydney Roosters -12.5 ($1.95), Wests Tigers + 12.5 ($1.85)

Odds correct on Saturday, May 4 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 32, Roosters 23, Wests Tigers 9

Last Time They Met — Sydney Roosters 16 def. Wests Tigers 14 (Rd.13, 2018)


MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Matt Cecchin and Tim Roby

Touch Judges — Nick Beashel and Mark Bohan

Review Officials — Ben Galea and Steve Chiddy

NRL Team Announcement: Round 8