Wests Tigers will be desperate to bounce back from consecutive defeats when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown Stadium this Saturday for their Round 6 clash.
After a much-improved performance against a quality Canberra Raiders since last weekend, Wests Tigers will head in to Saturday's game with improved confidence but still wary of the job at hand to get back in the winners' circle.
Wests Tigers enter Round 6 sitting in ninth position with two wins and three defeats, but can climb back in to the top eight should they triumph over the Cowboys — a side similarly coming in to the clash on the back of consecutive defeats.
North Queensland were dealt another blow in last week's loss to the New Zealand Warriors with star fullback Valentine Holmes and experienced forward Jordan McLean likely to join Michael Morgan and John Asiata on the sidelines this week.
Paul Green's men did welcome back Jason Taumalolo, however, and he again looms large as the danger man to watch for Wests Tigers this weekend.
Wests Tigers head in to the contest with a good overall record against the Cowboys — having won their last three meetings and five of the last six games between the two sides — but haven't beaten them at Campbelltown since 2014.
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Date — Saturday, June 20, 2020
Time — 5:30pm AEST
Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium
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
Wests Tigers — Josh Reynolds again starts in the halves instead of Benji Marshall while Robert Jennings replaces Tommy Talau (hamstring) on the wing. Luke Garner returns to the side in place of Chris Lawrence, while Matt Eisenhuth returns for Russell Packer (suspension). Rookie Sam McIntyre is included on the bench for his NRL debut with Alex Seyfarth dropping out of the squad.
Cowboys — No Valentine Holmes for the Cowboys sees rookie Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow move back to fullback with Connelly Lemuelu on to the wing for his debut. Jordan McLean's injury sees Francis Molo start up front while Peter Hola and Corey Jensen both join the interchange list.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph LeiluaCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Esan Marsters
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Robert JenningsWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Connelly Lemuelu
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh ReynoldsFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Scott Drinkwater
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Jake Clifford
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Cowboys is number 8 Francis Molo
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane MusgroveProp for Cowboys is number 10 Josh McGuire
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Mitchell Dunn
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex TwalLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew EisenhuthInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Ben Hampton
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Cowboys is number 15 Corey Jensen
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Cowboys is number 16 Peter Hola
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-KamInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Gavin Cooper
- Referee: Henry Perenara
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Touch Judge: Matt Noyen
- Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
- Senior Review Official: Steve Clark
H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.80), North Queensland Cowboys ($2.10)
Line — Wests Tigers (-1.5) $2.00, North Queensland Cowboys (+1.5) $2.00
Odds correct as of 3:30pm, June 16. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.
Head-to-Head — Played 37, Wests Tigers 21, Cowboys 16
At Campbelltown Stadium — Played 8, Wests Tigers 4, Cowboys 4
Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 28 def. Cowboys 4 (Rd.20, 2019)
Referee — Henry Perenara
Touch Judges — Kasey Badger and Matt Noyen
Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Clark