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Wests Tigers will look to take another step towards the top eight when they take on the Sydney Roosters this Saturday at Leichhardt Oval in a must-win contest for Michael Maguire's side.

Having got the job done last week against the Bulldogs — albeit in far more dramatic circumstances than appeared likely in the first half — Wests Tigers find themselves just one spot outside the top eight and two wins behind the eight-placed Rabbitohs with six games remaining in the regular season.

With Wests Tigers and South Sydney set to face off later in the year, Saturday's game against the two-time defending premiers will no doubt prove crucial in their bid to reach the finals for the first time since 2011 and carry on the momentum gathered from last week's one-point win over the plucky Bulldogs.

Wests Tigers were convincing winners in their last fixture at Leichhardt Oval — running out 48-0 winners over the Brisbane Broncos — but will certainly face much tougher opposition this time around. Despite their loss to Melbourne last weekend, the Tricolours sit inside the top four on for-and-against and look on track for another strong finish to the year despite a number of players under injury clouds.

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With Luke Keary and Lachlan Lam both going down last weekend, it's shaping as a new-look halves combination for the Roosters this weekend with Kyle Flanagan and Drew Hutchinson returning to the side. 

The visitors welcome back plenty of experience in the shape of Brett Morris and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, who return to the run-on side this weekend.

Wests Tigers will also welcome back some familiar faces, with Alex Twal and Thomas Mikaele named to return from their minor setbacks.

After bagging a try and a try assist last weekend in another strong performance, David Nofoaluma will be out to continue his try-scoring streak this year having crossed in four of his side's last five matches. With 12 tries in 14 matches, the 26-year-old requires just two more tries to level his best individual season in the NRL.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, August 22

Time — 5:30pm AEST

Venue — Leichhardt Oval

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 — Alex Twal and Thomas Mikaele are both set to return, with the duo replacing Sam McIntyre and Alex Seyfarth on the bench.

Roosters — Morris and Waerea-Hargreaves return from injury in place of Christian Tuipulotu and Mitch Aubusson (fractured wrist) with Nat Butcher shifting to the second row. Lam and Keary's injuries sees Hutchinson and Flanagan named in the halves while Freddy Lussick is named for his NRL debut on the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Matt Ikuvalu
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Moses Mbye
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Drew Hutchison
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Jake Friend
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Russell Packer
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Sitili Tupouniua
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Nat Butcher
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Freddy Lussick
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Josh Reynolds
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Daniel Fifita
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Lindsay Collins

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Video Referee: Ben Lowe
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Sydney Roosters ($1.33), Wests Tigers ($3.25)

Line — Sydney Roosters -8 ($2.00), Wests Tigers +8 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 11:30am, Tuesday August 18. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Overall — Played 34, Sydney Roosters 9, Wests Tigers 25

At Leichhardt Oval — Played 3, Sydney Roosters 2, Wests Tigers 1

Last Time They Met — Sydney Roosters 24 def. Wests Tigers 16 (Rd.16, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Grant Atkins

Touch Judges — Todd Smith and Chris Sutton

Review Officials — Ben Lowe and Ashley Klein