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Wests Tigers will look to further consolidate their spot inside the top eight when they take on the Brisbane Broncos this Friday night at Leichhardt Oval for their Round 10 clash.

Set for their first game at the venue in front of fans all season, Michael Maguire's side will be determined to bounce back from two close defeats to the Panthers and Rabbitohs in recent weeks and ensure they stay entrenched in a finals position.

Brisbane come in to the contest off the back of a tough run of results, although they did break through last week for a win over the Bulldogs, and will certainly be up for the contest this week with a host of players set to return.

Anthony Siebold's side haven't played at the iconic suburban ground since 2003, while Wests Tigers are also still searching their first Leichhardt Oval win of the season, having gone down to Newcastle prior to the competition shut-down.

Off the back of consecutive defeats, Maguire has rung the changes for Friday's game with Billy Walters named to start at five-eighth alongside Benji Marshall — replacing last week's halves in Josh Reynolds (suspended) and Luke Brooks.

Brooks is named on the bench alongside Sam McIntyre and Chris McQueen, both of whom did not feature in last week's defeat to South Sydney.

Russell Packer also starts up front for his first game since Round 5 — replacing Oliver Clark — while Tommy Talau's return from a hamstring injury is a key inclusion for Wests Tigers as he replaces Reece Hoffman on the wing.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Friday, July 17

Time — 7:55pm AEST

Venue — Leichhardt Oval

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

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

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB, FM 104.9 Triple M

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

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LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers — Tommy Talau (hamstring) returns on the wing in place of Reece Hoffman, while Chris Lawrence will remain in the centres with Joey Leilua suspended. Benji Marshall starts in the halves with Josh Reynolds also facing two weeks on the sidelines, while Billy Walters starts in place of Luke Brooks. Russell Packer, Sam McIntyre and Chris McQueen also all return to the side — the latter for his first game of the season.

Brisbane Broncos — David Fifita, Kotoni Staggs and Matt Lodge have all not been named by Coach Anthony Siebold. Joe Ofahengaue is back available from suspension and will take the place of Alex Glenn (knee), with Ben Te'o set to start. Brisbane were dealt another late blow with Herbie Farnworth ruled out in the side's final training run, with Richie Kennear to instead start at centre.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Tesi Niu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Jamayne Isaako
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris Lawrence
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Darius Boyd
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Broncos is number 20 Richard Kennar
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Xavier Coates
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy Walters
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Brodie Croft

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Tevita Pangai Junior
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Issac Luke
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Ben Te'o
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Corey Oates
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyre
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Thomas Flegler
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke Brooks
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Jamil Hopoate
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Chris McQueen
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Tim Roby
  • Video Referee: Bryan Norrie
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

Last updated:

LATEST NEDS ODDS

Head to Head — Wests Tigers ($1.50), Brisbane Broncos ($2.55)

Line — Wests Tigers -5.5 ($2.00), Brisbane Broncos -5.5 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 3:00pm, July 14. 18+ only, gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Overall — Played 29, Brisbane 21, Wests Tigers 6

At Leichhardt Oval — Played 1, Brisbane 38 def. Wests Tigers 6 (2003, Rd. 8)

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 22 def. Brisbane 16 (2019, Rd.5)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Adam Gee

Touch Judges — Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski and Tim Alouani-Roby

Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Jared Maxwell