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Wests Tigers will travel to the foot of the mountains this Saturday with their season on the line against the high-flying Penrith Panthers.

After going down to the Sydney Roosters last Saturday in a disappointing performance at Leichhardt Oval, Wests Tigers now face an even tougher test this week in their bid to keep their finals hopes alive — a clash against a top-of-the-table Panthers side looking to extend their winning run to 11 games in a row.

Having got the job done in a fiery clash between the two sides earlier this year, Penrith will head in to the game as firm favourites and full of confidence, having not lost at Panthers Stadium since a 30-18 defeat to Canberra in July last year.

Ivan Cleary's side will be missing some familiar faces, however, for Saturday's clash with Viliame Kikau (suspension) and Apisai Koroisau (injury) both sidelined. Their omission sees Moses Leota move in to the run-on side, James Fisher-Harris shift to lock and Isaah Yeo revert to an edge while Mitch Kenny starts at hooker.

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Despite losing Josh Aloiai (family reasons) during the week, Wests Tigers are boosted by the inclusion of rising star Harry Grant, who is set for his first game back since picking up a knee injury in Round 12.

Grant's inclusion looms as an intriguing storyline for Michael Maguire's side, who remain just four points outside the top eight despite going down to the Roosters last weekend. With the eighth-placed Sharks taking on the Cowboys just before their clash against the Panthers, Wests Tigers will know the job that's ahead of them come kickoff and could potentially move to within two points with victory.


MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, August 29, 2020

Time — 7:35pm AEST

Venue — Panthers Stadium, Panthers

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

Penrith Panthers — No changes to the side originally named during the week. Viliame Kikau (suspension) and Apisai Koroisau (knee) are out, with Moses Leota and Mitch Kenny moving in to the starting side. Brian To'o returns from an ankle injury, with Tyrone May dropping back to the bench and Daine Laurie to 18th Man.

Wests Tigers — Harry Grant returns from a knee injury at hooker with Jacob Liddle dropping to the bench and Josh Reynolds dropped. Josh Aloiai (family reasons) and Russell Packer are out, with Matt Eisenhuth and Thomas Mikaele moving in to the starting side. Shawn Blore and Sam McIntyre return on the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Brent Naden
    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
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Brian To'o
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jarome Luai
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke Brooks
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Nathan Cleary
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Benji Marshall

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Panthers is number 13 James Fisher-Harris
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Liam Martin
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 14 Tyrone May
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Panthers is number 11 Isaah Yeo
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 10 Moses Leota
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Spencer Leniu
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jacob Liddle
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Shawn Blore
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Zane Tetevano
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Sam McIntyre

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Penrith Panthers ($1.12), Wests Tigers ($6.25)

Line — Penrith Panthers (-15.5) $2.00, Wests Tigers (+15.5) $2.00

Odds correct as of 2:00pm, August 25. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 35, Penrith Panthers 22, Wests Tigers 13

At Penrith Stadium — Played 17, Penrith Panthers 12, Wests Tigers 5

Last Time They Met — Penrith Panthers 19 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Rd.8, 2020)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referees — Ben Cummins

Touch Judges — David Munro and Matt Noyen

Review Officials — Ben Galea and Steve Clark