Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from a last start defeat when they take on the New Zealand Warriors this Friday night at the Sydney Cricket Ground for their Round 12 clash.
Despite showing plenty of fight and determination against an in-form Parramatta side last weekend, Wests Tigers were unable to overcome a mounting injury toll and topple the Eels in the end — leaving them back outside the top eight and desperately needing the two points on offer this weekend.
Last week's injury toll is expected to dramatically improve this weekend in a boost for the side, with Alex Twal (knee), Thomas Mikaele (knee) and Luke Garner (concussion) all set to return.
Michael Chee Kam has not been named after his heavy knock last week, while Russell Packer will miss the game after accepting a one-match suspension.
Despite going down to the two-time defending premiers last weekend, the Warriors will head in to Friday's contest confident of producing a similarly determined effort this time around as they look to stay away from the bottom of the ladder.
The visitors will be without star wingers David Fusitu'a and Ken Maumalo after they both opted to return home to New Zealand, while Agnatius Paasi also made the decision to return across the Tasman. That opens the door for on loan duo Daniel Alvaro and George Jennings to make their debuts for the club, while Wayde Egan is also set to return after missing last week with a rib injury.
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Friday's match will be the first between the two sides this year as Wests Tigers look to continue their good recent record over the Warriors. Wests Tigers have won five of the last six between the two sides and haven't lost a Sydney-based game since 2013 — averaging 36.5 points per game in that time.
Date — Friday, July 31
Time — 6:00pm AEST
Venue — Sydney Cricket Ground, Home of the Gadigal People
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 — Wests Tigers welcome back a number of key players with Alex Twal, Thomas Mikaele, and Luke Garner all available. Michael Chee Kam (concussion) and Russell Packer (suspension) won't play, while Adam Doueihi is expected to be be right despite a head knock last week.
New Zealand Warriors — On loan duo George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro will both play in their club debut for the Warriors with David Fusitu’a, Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and King Vuniyayawa all returning home to New Zealand. Wayde Egan returns from a hip injury to take the place of Chanel Harris-Tavita (forearm) while Patrick Herbert returns to the side on the wing.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam DoueihiFullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Warriors is number 2 Patrick Herbert
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Chris LawrenceCentre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses MbyeCentre for Warriors is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy TalauWinger for Warriors is number 5 George Jennings
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Billy WaltersFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji MarshallHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh AloiaiProp for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry GrantHooker for Warriors is number 9 Karl Lawton
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Oliver ClarkProp for Warriors is number 10 Jack Hetherington
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Eliesa Katoa
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Tohu Harris
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex TwalLock for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Sam McIntyreInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Wayde Egan
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Adam Blair
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Luke BrooksInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Shawn BloreInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Lachlan Burr
H2H — Wests Tigers ($1.16), NZ Warriors ($5.25)
Line — Wests Tigers -14 ($2.00), NZ Warriors +14 ($2.00)
Odds correct as of 10:00am, Tuesday July 28. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.
Overall — Played 31, Wests Tigers 16, NZ Warriors 14, Drawn 1
Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 34 def. NZ Warriors 6 (Rd. 2, 2019)
At Sydney Cricket Ground — Yet to play at the SCG.
Referee — Peter Gough
Touch Judges — Phil Henderson and Liam Kennedy
Review Officials — Steve Chiddy and Ben Galea