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Wests Tigers will be looking to return to the winners circle this Friday night when they take on the Penrith Panthers as part of the first ever NRL Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium.

Coming off a heavy defeat to the Sydney Roosters in Round 8, Michael Maguire's side will be looking to return to the top eight against a Panthers side themselves coming off a disappointing loss to the Canberra Raiders in Wagga Wagga.

Off the back of their 18-point defeat, Penrith will field a vastly different side against Wests Tigers with Isaah Yeo (shoulder), Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (rib), Liam Martin (suspension), Waqa Blake (disciplinary) and Hame Sele (back) all out.

The Panthers will see Viliame Kikau included, however, after the Fijian international was cleared to play despite picking up a knock in last week's loss.

Originally sidelined for a week due to suspension, James Maloney will play after fronting the Judiciary on Tuesday night and successfully overturning his ban.

For Wests Tigers, Maguire has turned to a new face in Oliver Clark with the young forward set to make his NRL debut on the night. Clark has been named on the bench in place of Josh Aloiai — who picked up a concussion late on against the Roosters last week — while Matt Eisenhuth moves in to the starting side at lock.

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Benji Marshall will return at five-eighth after missing the last month with a hamstring injury; his inclusion in the halves alongside Luke Brooks is certainly a boost for Wests Tigers who remain without Josh Reynolds (knee). Luke Garner was also a late omission for the side, with Elijah Taylor included on the bench.

While both sides are reeling from disappointing defeats last week, Penrith do hold a good head-to-head record between the two sides with five wins from their last five matchups, including a Golden Point thriller when the two met earlier this year.

Friday's game is the first meeting between the two sides of Sydney, with Wests Tigers already recording a win at Suncorp Stadium earlier this year. Penrith, however, have won just three games in Brisbane since 2004.


MATCH DETAILS

Date — Friday, May 10, 2019

Time — 6:00pm AEST

Venue — Suncorp Stadium


TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M, NRL Nation

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers — A return for Benji Marshall with Ryan Matterson shifting back to the edge. Matt Eisenhuth at lock, while Josh Aloiai's omission sees Oliver Clark make his NRL debut. Jacob Liddle retains his spot on the bench.

Penrith Panthers — There is a possibility of late inclusion with Viliame Kikau, but for now, Frank Winterstein starts in his place in the back row. Tyrell Fuimaono is in to the side in place of Dean Whare while Sione Katoa shifts to lock with Jarome Luai and Kaide Ellis included — for now — as the new faces on the bench. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Caleb Aekins
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Mahe Fonua
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Robert Jennings
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Dean Whare
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Panthers is number 15 Tyrell Fuimaono
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Corey Thompson
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 James Maloney
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Ben Matulino
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris McQueen
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 21 Viliame Kikau
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Panthers is number 19 Kaide Ellis

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Sione Katoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Oliver Clark
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Tim Grant
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Panthers is number 18 Jarome Luai

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.84), Penrith Panthers ($2.00)

Line — Wests Tigers -1.5 ($1.90), Penrith Panthers +1.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct on Friday, May 10 at 10:00am — 18+ only and gamble responsibly


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 33, Panthers 21, Wests Tigers 12

Last Time They Met — Penrith Panthers 9 def. Wests Tigers 8 (Rd.4, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Chris Sutton and Chris Butler

Touch Judges — Clayton Sharpe and Nick Morel

Review Officials — Beau Scott and Jared Maxwell

Maguire gives final word ahead of Panthers clash