Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in Round 4 when they take on the Canberra Raiders this Saturday in their first home game under the revised 2020 season.
Both sides enter the contest off the back of last start defeats, and will be keen to bounce back in the winners circle when they meet at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
After going down to the Titans in Round 4, Wests Tigers Coach Michael Maguire has rung in a number of team changes for Saturday's game — none bigger than the decision to play Josh Reynolds at five-eighth instead fo Benji Marshall.
Marshall has instead been named among the reserves for Saturday.
The Kiwi veteran wasn't the only change made by Maguire, with Robert Jennings, Billy Walters, Luke Garner and Oliver Clark all dropping out of the side that featured last week. Tommy Talau will play just his second first-grade game after being named on the wing while Zane Musgrove, Michael Chee Kam and Russell Packer all included — the latter set to play his first NRL game in over a year.
By contrast, the Raiders head in to the game relatively unchanged and determined to make amends from a disappointing performance against the Newcastle Knights that saw Ricky Stuart's men finish with 55 missed or ineffective tackles.
Canberra will be without the fiery Corey Horsburgh after he was withdrawn on Friday. His absence sees the experienced Sia Soliola moving in to the run-on side while Englishman Ryan Sutton joins the squad in his first game back from injury.
Farah reacts to Maguire's team selections for Round 5
Date — Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time — 7:35pm AEST
Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live on FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 Grandstand, AM 873 2GB (check local guides)
Live Stream — Kayo Sports, Foxtel Go, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Raiders is number 17 Jordan Rapana
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh ReynoldsFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane MusgroveProp for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex TwalLock for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Russell PackerInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Raiders is number 20 Ryan Sutton
- Referee: Chris Sutton
- Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
- Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
- Video Referee: Beau Scott
- Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy
Head to Head — Canberra Raiders ($1.36), Wests Tigers ($3.10)
Line —Canberra Raiders -8.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +8.5 ($1.90)
Odds correct as of 11:00am, June 12. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.
Overall — Played 39, Wests Tigers 19, Raiders 18, Drawn 2
Last Time They Met — Canberra 20 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Rd.18, 2019)
Referee — Chris Sutton
Touch Judge — Belinda Sharpe, Matt Noyen
Video Referee — Beau Scott, Steve Chiddy