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Wests Tigers will look to make it three wins in a row for the first time this season when they take on the Penrith Panthers in Round 8.

With Saturday's game set to be played in front of around 7,000 Wests Tigers Members in the first fixture with increased fans since the COVID-19 shutdown, Michael Maguire's side will head in to the contest full of confidence after convincing last-start wins over the Cowboys and Bulldogs in recent weeks.

Their opponents in Penrith also come in confident after back-to-back wins over the Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs — their strong form coinciding with the return of star halfback Nathan Cleary from his two-game suspension.

The battle between Cleary and Luke Brooks in the halves will certainly attract plenty of attention, while a number of other individual battles shape as intriguing affairs.

Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma sits second on the try-scorers list this season with eight tries in seven games, while Panthers hooker Apisai Koroisau will certainly be heavily involved after topping the tackle count through the opening rounds.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, July 4

Time — 7:35pm AEST

Venue — Bankwest Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio —AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers — No changes after last week's big win over the Bulldogs. Thomas Mikaele (ankle) was taken off as a precaution but is expected to play.

Penrith Panthers — Josh Mansour is back after sitting out last week with a knee injury and replaces Brent Naden on the wing in the only change.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Panthers is number 19 Brent Naden
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Isaah Yeo

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Moses Leota
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Billy Burns
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Panthers is number 21 Tyrone May

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($2.60), Penrith Panthers ($1.50)

Line — Wests Tigers +4.5 ($2.00), Penrith Panthers -4.5 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 3:00pm, Tuesday June 30. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Overall — Played 35, Wests Tigers 13, Penrith 21, Drawn 1

At Bankwest Stadium — Yet to play at Bankwest Stadium.

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 30 def. Penrith Panthers 4 (Rd.9, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Adam Gee

Touch Judges — Phil Henderson and Kasey Badger

Review Officials — Beau Scott and Steve Chiddy