Wests Tigers will face their first road test under the new COVID-19 restrictions when they take on the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday night for their Round 4 clash.
Under the new measures in place to restrict possible exposure, players will fly to their destination on the day of the game and then immediately home afterwards — creating a much different circumstance to usual with a prolonged build-up.
In Round 3, the two sides that flew interstate (Parramatta and Canberra) both recorded victories so there's plenty of reason for optimism that the new measures won't have too much of an impact for Wests Tigers, but it's something that Coach Michael Maguire will certainly be aware of heading in to Round 4.
Off the back of a come-from-behind victory over the Cronulla Sharks last week, Wests Tigers have named an unchanged side and head in to the match with their new-look spine of Adam Doueihi, Benji Marshall, Luke Brooks and Harry Grant, who all impressed in their first game together this season.
Last week's debutant Alex Seyfarth also retains his spot on the interchange bench, joining utility Billy Walters and forwards Oliver Clark and Chris Lawrence.
Gold Coast Coach Justin Holbrook has rung in a host of changes for Round 4 — dropping veterans Nathan Peats, Jarrod Wallace and Shannon Boyd.
Every try from round 3
Erin Clark starts at hooker in place of Peats while Tanah Boyd, Jaimin Jolliffe, Bryce Cartwright and Young Tonumaipea all come on to the bench.
Date — Sunday, June 7
Time — 6:30pm AEST
Venue — Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live on FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M (check local guides)
Live Stream — Kayo Sports, Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL
Gold Coast Titans
Tyrone Roberts is a late withdrawal. Phillip Sami moves back to fullback as per last week's late change with Jonus Pearson taking his spot on the wing.
Coach Justin Holbrook has rung the changes from last week; Erin Clark starts at hooker, Tanah Boyd, Jaimin Jolliffe, Bryce Cartwright and Young Tonumaipea are named on the bench with Nathan Peats and Jarrod Wallace dropping out.
No changes from last week's win over Cronulla and are expected to head in to Sunday's clash as per program.
Match: Titans v Wests Tigers
Round 4 -
Fullback for Titans is number 5 Phillip SamiFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
Winger for Titans is number 2 Brian KellyWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Titans is number 3 Dale CopleyCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
Centre for Titans is number 17 Young TonumaipeaCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
Winger for Titans is number 20 Anthony DonWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert Jennings
Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Ashley TaylorFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
Halfback for Titans is number 7 Jamal FogartyHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki FotuaikaProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin ClarkHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
Prop for Titans is number 10 Sam LisoneProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
2nd Row for Titans is number 11 Kevin Proctor2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Titans is number 16 Bryce Cartwright2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Titans is number 13 Jai ArrowLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
Interchange for Titans is number 4 Tyrone PeacheyInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Oliver Clark
Interchange for Titans is number 12 Keegan HipgraveInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Billy Walters
Interchange for Titans is number 14 Tanah BoydInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Chris Lawrence
Interchange for Titans is number 15 Jaimin JolliffeInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell
Wests Tigers have been backed in slightly after their good win over Cronulla, firming from $1.40 early in the week to $1.36.
Head to Head — Wests Tigers ($1.36), Gold Coast Titans ($2.10)
Line — Wests Tigers -7.5 ($1.90), Gold Coast Titans +7.5 ($1.90)
Odds correct as of 10:30am, June 4. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.
NRL Team Announcement: Round 4
Sunday's game will be the first meeting between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium — a neutral venue for both sides under COVID-19 measures. Wests Tigers have won four of their last six games against the Titans in Queensland, however.
- Overall — Played 21, Wests Tigers 9, Gold Coast 12, Drawn 0
- Last Time They Met —Wests Tigers 30 def. Gold Coast 14 (Rd.7, 2019)
Referee — Adam Gee
Touch Judges — Jon Stone and Kasey Badger
Review Officials — Ben Galea and Jared Maxwell