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Neds Match Preview: Round 9

Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from last week's close loss to the Penrith Panthers when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs this Friday at Bankwest Stadium for their Round 9 clash.

The side's first Friday night game in the 2020 season, Wests Tigers will be looking for another strong performance against the Rabbitohs following their stunning match last season that saw Michael Chee Kam produce an incredible match-winning try.

Chee Kam's heroics could well be needed again this weekend with little to split the two sides through the opening eight weeks of the season. 

Level on points and separated by just two points in their for-and-against, Friday's game is shaping as a pivotal clash in the race for the top eight as Wests Tigers cling to their narrow advantage over the Rabbitohs in the hunt for finals football.

NRL Team Announcement: Round 9


With Joey Leilua (suspension), Sam McIntyre (concussion) and Tommy Talau (hamstring) all unavailable, Maguire will turn to both youth and experience — rookie Reece Hoffman named to make his debut on the wing while Benji Marshall returns in the squad for his first appearance since Round 4.

Originally named in the centres, Chee Kam will come off the bench — as he did last year against the Rabbitohs — with Chris Lawrence to instead start in the centres.

Luciano Leilua has also been cleared to play and will take his back row spot.

For Souths, former Wests Tigers forward Bayley Sironen returns to the squad after missing out last week and has been named to replace Burns on the bench.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Friday, July 10

Time — 7:55pm AEST

Venue — Bankwest Stadium

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB

Live Stream — 9NOW, Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass and Watch NRL (int.)

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 James Roberts
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 19 Reece Hoffman
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Ethan Lowe
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 3 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Benji Marshall

LATEST TEAM NEWS

South Sydney — Braidon Burns is out with Bayley Sironen joining the interchange bench as his replacement.

Wests Tigers — Chris Lawrence starts in centre in place of Joey Leilua while Luciano Leilua has been cleared despite going off with a head knock last week. Benji Marshall returns to the squad after replacing Sam McIntyre, while Reece Hoffman comes on to the wing in place of Tommy Talau for his NRL debut.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Dane Gagai
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 James Roberts
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris Lawrence
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 19 Reece Hoffman
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Josh Reynolds
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver Clark
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Ethan Lowe
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Bayley Sironen
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 3 Michael Chee-Kam
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Hame Sele
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 18 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Benji Marshall

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.55), Wests Tigers ($2.45)

Line — South Sydney Rabbitohs -5.5 ($2.00), Wests Tigers +5.5 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 10:30am, Tuesday July 7. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Overall — Played 35, South Sydney 18, Wests Tigers 16, Drawn 1

At Bankwest Stadium — Played 1, Wests Tigers 1, South Sydney 0

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 14 def. South Sydney 9 (Rd. 15, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Ben Cummins

Touch Judges — Tim Alouani-Roby and Jon Stone

Review Officials —Bryan Norrie and Steve Chiddy