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Neds Match Preview: Round 5

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Canberra will be without the fiery Corey Horsburgh after he was withdrawn on Friday.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


MATCH DETAILS

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

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Raiders is number 17 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Russell Packer
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
    Interchange for Raiders is number 20 Ryan Sutton

LATEST NEDS ODDS

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.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Overall — Played 39, Wests Tigers 19, Raiders 18, Drawn 2

Last Time They Met — Canberra 20 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Rd.18, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Chris Sutton

Touch Judge — Belinda Sharpe, Matt Noyen

Video Referee — Beau Scott, Steve Chiddy