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Magpies search for consistency ahead of clash with Bears

Western Suburbs Magpies will be looking to keep up their momentum this weekend as they take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Sunday afternoon.

After a dominant 32-22 win over the Newtown Jets last week, Western Suburbs consolidated their spot inside the top eight once again and will now look to overtake the fifth-placed Bears this Sunday.  North Sydney were undone by a high-quality Dragons side last week and will themselves be looking to bounce back.

Both sides head in to the game with four wins from their seven matches and just 10 points differential separating them on the ladder — making for an intriguing matchup on Sunday and definitely not a contest to be missed between two traditional clubs.

Following last week's win over the Jets, Canterbury Cup Coach Brett Hodgson has named a similar side to last week’s game — albeit without several NRL players who have been included in the extended NRL squad to face the Roosters.

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With the Canterbury Cup game on Sunday played after the NRL game against the defending premiers on Saturday night, Hodgson's side may once again see some late inclusions as Western Suburbs look to move inside the top four.

Paul Momirovski, Jacob Liddle, David Nofoaluma and Russell Packer have all been named amongst the reserves and could come in to calculations for Sunday.

Wests' side for Sunday's game still includes a number of NRL squad members as is, however, with Dylan Smith, Tyson Gamble, Sam McIntyre and Robbie Rochow all named — along with 2019 Development Players Tommy Talau, Alex Seyfarth and Kane Bradley, who bagged a double in last week's win over the Jets.

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Following on from last weeks thrilling victory, Kane Bradley and Jacob Liddle were recognised in their performance after being included in the Team of the Week. Bradley made two tries, two line-breaks and made 155 total metres while Liddle had one try and one try-assist, 120 total metres and 42 tackles.

For the Bears, Coach Jason Taylor has made only a couple of changes to his side with Lachlan Lam returning after featuring in first-grade last week.

Lam's inclusion is a key move for the Bears — who have produced several dominant performances with him in the side this year — while the inclusion of Poasa Faamausili at prop and Lindsay Collins in the run-on side is also a big boost.

Kickoff for the match is at 1:10pm AEST with live coverage via Channel 9.

For all live scores and updates from Sunday's game, visit the Match Centre here.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bears is number 1 Kieren Moss
    Fullback for Magpies is number 1 Dylan Smith
  • Winger for Bears is number 2 Asu Kepaoa
    Winger for Magpies is number 3 Tommy Talau
  • Centre for Bears is number 3 Ed Murphy
    Centre for Magpies is number 23 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Bears is number 4 James Tuitahi
    Centre for Magpies is number 4 Kane McQuiggin
  • Winger for Bears is number 5 Bernard Lewis
    Winger for Magpies is number 5 Kane Bradley
  • Five-Eighth for Bears is number 6 Lachlan Lam
    Five-Eighth for Magpies is number 6 Tyson Gamble
  • Halfback for Bears is number 7 Brock Lamb
    Halfback for Magpies is number 7 Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu

Forwards

  • Prop for Bears is number 16 John Tuivaiti
    Prop for Magpies is number 16 Oliver Clark
  • Hooker for Bears is number 9 Bradley Deitz
    Hooker for Magpies is number 21 Patrice Siolo
  • Prop for Bears is number 19 Egan Butcher
    Prop for Magpies is number 10 Russell Packer
  • 2nd Row for Bears is number 11 Josh Curran
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 11 Sam McIntyre
  • 2nd Row for Bears is number 12 Tom Freebairn
    2nd Row for Magpies is number 13 Robbie Rochow
  • Lock for Bears is number 13 Max Bailey
    Lock for Magpies is number 18 Alex Seyfarth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bears is number 14 Sam Verrills
    Interchange for Magpies is number 14 Soni Luke
  • Interchange for Bears is number 15 Drew Hutchison
    Interchange for Magpies is number 15 Elia Faatui
  • Interchange for Bears is number 17 Setefano Hala
    Interchange for Magpies is number 19 Bilal Maarbani
  • Interchange for Bears is number 18 Daniel Fifita
    Interchange for Magpies is number 8 Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu