Wests Tigers will be determined to secure the two points on offer this Saturday as they head interstate to take on the in-form Canberra Raiders in a must-win game at GIO Stadium.

Coach Michael Maguire’s men will be looking to reclaim their position in the top eight and make amends for their defeat to Canberra earlier this year, with the visitors running away 28-0 winners back in Round 13.

After back-to-back defeats, Maguire has recalled Paul Momirovski while Moses Mbye will shift from centre to fullback to cover the loss of Corey Thompson.

Michael Chee Kam moves in to the run-on side at centre while Luke Garner returns to the squad for the first time with Round 8 with Tommy Talau named as 18th Man.

Having signed with the club at the start of the year as Development Player, Talau was recently upgraded to the club's NRL squad prior to the June 30 deadline.


The son of former Bulldogs player Willie Talau, the 19-year-old has played primarily at centre for the club's Canterbury Cup side in 2019 but is also capable of covering the wing or five-eighth with his athletic frame and ball-playing ability.

Wests Tigers are otherwise unchanged for Saturday's clash against Raiders with Robbie Farah set to play his 299th NRL game. Farah can join Marshall in the elusive 300-game club next week when Wests Tigers take on the Newcastle Knights.

Robbie Farah is closing in on the 300 game milestone.
Robbie Farah is closing in on the 300 game milestone.


For Canberra, representative centre Nick Cotric will miss Saturday's game after accepting the guilty plea for a Dangerous Throw charge in Round 18. Michael Oldfield comes into the side as his replacement, with the Raiders otherwise unchanged from the side that posted a big win over St. George-Illawarra.

Wests Tigers haven't found the trip to Canberra the easiest in recent years, but they'll no doubt take solace from their breakthrough win over the Green Machine around this time last year. Benji Marshall has never lost in the nation's capital, while Wests Tigers will be looking to add another good away win to their tally in 2019, having already won in Brisbane (twice), Townsville and Tamworth.

Despite his try contributions dropping off compared to last season, Luke Brooks continues to remain one of the most dangerous playmakers in the competition with a league-leading 134 line engaging runs. The reigning Dally M Halfback of the Year is combining well with the veteran Marshall, and again looms as a key man to watch.


MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, July 20, 2019

Time — 5:30 pm AEST

Venue — GIO Stadium (Canberra)


TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB

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


LATEST TEAM NEWS

Canberra Raiders — Michael Oldfield comes into the centres to replace the suspended Nick Cotric. Josh Papalii also starts in place of Sia Soliola.

Wests Tigers — Paul Momirovski comes in to the side in place of Robert Jennings, while Corey Thompson's late omission sees Moses Mbye shift to fullback and Michael Chee Kam start in the centres. Luke Garner joins the bench for his first NRL game since Round 8, while Robbie Farah starts in his 299th career appearance.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 3 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Michael Oldfield
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David Nofoaluma
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Aidan Sezer
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Corey Horsburgh
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Emre Guler
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 20 Luke Garner


LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Canberra Raiders ($1.47), Wests Tigers ($2.65)

Line — Canberra Raiders -6.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +6.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct on Thursday, July 18 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly.


HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 18, Wests Tigers 19, Canberra Raiders 17, Draw 1

At GIO Stadium — Played 17, Wests Tigers 9, Canberra Raiders 8

Last Time They Met — Canberra Raiders 28 def. Wests Tigers 0 (Rd.13, 2019)


MATCH OFFICIALS

Match Referees — Adam Gee and Chris Butler

Touch Judges — Rickey Macfarlane and Darian Furner

Review Officials — Jared Maxwell and Ben Lowe