Wests Tigers will look to make it three wins in a row as they take on the Sydney Roosters at Bankwest Stadium tonight.
After close back-to-back wins over the Cowboys and Rabbitohs — both of which ended in thrilling circumstances — Wests Tigers will head in to the game with a much different run of form than their opponents, who have lost four of their past five games as injuries and Origin absentees prove tricky for the Tricolours.
In his 299th NRL appearance, Benji Marshall will captain Wests Tigers with regular skipper Moses Mbye unavailable due to State of Origin commitments, while Josh Aloiai returns from illness to start in the front row — fresh off inking a new deal.
Former Rooster Paul Momirovski also returns to the side for the first time since Round 11 as he replaces Mbye in the centres, while the bench remains unchanged.
For the Roosters, Coach Trent Robinson will be without James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner due to State of Origin commitments, while Sio Siua Taukeiaho also is ruled out with injury. Luke Keary returns from concussion to push Latrell Mitchell back to centre while Ryan Hall and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves also return to the side.
Lachlan Lam comes on the bench alongside Sitili Tupouniua — who similarly missed last week's game with illness — while Isaac Liu moves to lock and Nat Butcher to the second row, although don't be surprised if Angus Crichton starts on the night.
NRL.com preview Roosters clash
Historically, the Roosters do have a good record against Wests Tigers with wins in 11 of their past 13 matches — including a big win earlier this year — but this will be the first game for Robinson's men at the new Bankwest Stadium.
After heavy defeats in their first two games at the venue, Maguire's side broke through for a gritty win last week against the Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium and will be looking to record back-to-back wins at the same venue in the same season for the first time since winning two games at ANZ Stadium at the start of last year.
Date — Friday, July 4, 2019
Time — 7:55pm AEST
Venue — Bankwest Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via Channel 9 and FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB, FM 104.9 Triple M
Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, 9NOW and Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers — Paul Momirovski replaces Maroons representative Moses Mbye at centre while Josh Aloiai (illness) returns at prop in place of Oliver Clark.
Roosters — Blues reps James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner are out while Luke Keary returns from a concussion at five-eighth pushing Latrell Mitchell back to centre and Joseph Manu to fullback. Ryan Hall is back on the wing for Matt Ikuvalu, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) is back at prop alongside Zane Tetevano with Isaac Liu moving to lock and Nat Butcher to second row and Siosiua Taukeiaho out. Lachlan Lam is the late inclusion on the bench alongside Sitili Tupouniua.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey ThompsonFullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert JenningsWinger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul MomirovskiCentre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan MarstersCentre for Roosters is number 4 Brett Morris
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David NofoalumaWinger for Roosters is number 5 Ryan Hall
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji MarshallFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie FarahHooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleProp for Roosters is number 10 Zane Tetevano
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew EisenhuthLock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiInterchange for Roosters is number 14 Angus Crichton
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob LiddleInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Elijah TaylorInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Roosters is number 21 Sam Verrills
LATEST NEDS ODDS
H2H — Wests Tigers ($2.55), Sydney Roosters ($1.50)
Line — Wests Tigers +5.5 ($1.90), Sydney Roosters -5.5 ($1.90)
Odds correct on Thursday, July 4 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly
Overall — Played 33, Sydney Roosters 24, Wests Tigers 9
At Bankwest Stadium — Tonight's fixture is the first meeting at Bankwest Stadium
Last Time They Met — Sydney Roosters 42 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Rd.8, 2019)
Match Referees — Henry Perenara and Matt Noyen
Touch Judges — Nick Morel and Jeff Younis
Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy