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Neds Match Preview: Round 2

Wests Tigers will be looking to make it two wins from two to start the 2020 season when they take on the Newcastle Knights this Sunday.

After closing out Round 1 with a come-from-behind win over the St. George-Illawarra Dragons, Wests Tigers will look to produce a similarly strong performance against a Knights side also coming off a dominant Round 1 victory — completing at 80% in wet conditions en route to a 20-0 win over the New Zealand Warriors.

Despite the strong history between the two sides in the past two decades, Sunday's game will be just the second time in history that they will square off at Leichhardt Oval — the other coming back in 2011 when Robbie Farah slotted a Golden Point field goal to give the home side a 17-16 victory.

Benji Marshall, who slotted two goals from three attempts that night, is the only player who featured on the night who will take part this week.

Wests Tigers will be determined to continue their good record over the Knights, having won five of the past six games between the two — including a dominant 46-4 win at Campbelltown Sports Stadium when they last met in 2019.

Throwback Thursday: Golden Point field goal ends with Wests Tigers win

They'll head in to the game with an unchanged side with Michael Chee Kam a late inclusion to the 17. The Knights are also unchanged from their first start win, although could welcome back Sione Mata'utia as a late inclusion.

Only six of the 17 players listed by the Knights have ever played a game at Leichhardt Oval, and will do this week without a crowd as the NRL's new COVID-19 measures take full effect. Wests Tigers will certainly be looking to generate an atmosphere of their own at the iconic suburban ground, however, having won five of their past eight games at the ground and two of three under Michael Maguire.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, March 22, 2020

Time — 4:00pm AEDT

Venue — Leichhardt Oval

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 — 9Now, Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Final team lists for both sides will be confirmed at 3:05pm, Sunday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Kalyn Ponga
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Edrick Lee
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Gehamat Shibasaki
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Josh Reynolds
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Mitchell Pearce

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Billy Walters
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Mitchell Barnett
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Elijah Taylor
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Herman Ese'ese

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Zane Musgrove
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Tim Glasby
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Aidan Guerra

LATEST NEDS ODDS

A slight change in the odds this week with Wests Tigers drifting from $1.85 to $1.90 in the head-to-head while the Knights have come in from $1.95 to $1.85 with the +1.5 start.

H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.90), Newcastle Knights ($1.90)

Line — Wests Tigers -1.5 ($1.95), Newcastle Knights +1.5 ($1.85)

Odds correct on Friday, March 20 — 18+ only and gamble responsibly

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 30, Wests Tigers 15, Newcastle 13, Draw 2

At Leichhardt Oval — Played 1, Wests Tigers 1, Newcastle 0

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 46 def. Newcastle 4 (Rd.23, 2019)