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Neds Match Preview: Round 17

Wests Tigers will look to keep their finals hopes alive this Saturday when they take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland.

Off the back of a disappointing defeat to the Penrith Panthers in Round 16, Wests Tigers head in to Round 17 six points outside the top eight and needing a plethora of results to fall their way if they're a chance of climbing in to finals contention.

The first result, however, is Saturday's clash against the Sea Eagles and Michael Maguire's side will be determined to ensure they bounce back from a tough night against the competition front-runners to keep their finals hopes alive.

After missing last week's game due to the birth of his son, Josh Aloiai looms as a key inclusion for the visitors. The Samoan international will return to the run-on side at prop, joining Thomas Mikaele and Alex Twal in the starting rotation.

Wests Tigers will also see an interesting positional change across the backline with co-captain Moses Mbye named at fullback for the first time this season. He starts in place of Adam Doueihi — who reverts to centre — while Asu "AJ" Kepaoa moves to the wing for the second game of his career, replacing Tommy Talau.

For the home side, there's again no Tom Trbojevic as he closes in on a return from his hamstring injury with Tevita Funa named in the number one jumper.

NRL.com preview Sea Eagles clash


Injuries to Reuben Garrick (shoulder) and Joel Thompson (ankle) sees Morgan Harper and Jack Gosiewski join the side with Corey Waddell on the bench. Exciting youngster Josh Schuster is called in to the side as a late inclusion at five-eighth, replacing Cade Cust alongside captain Daly Cherry-Evans.

Wests Tigers have won four of their last five games against the Silvertails, but have managed just one win at the former Brookvale Oval since 2003.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Saturday, September 5, 2020

Time — 5:30pm AEST

Venue — Lottoland

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

Sea Eagles — Reuben Garrick's injury sees Albert Hopoate move to the wing and Morgan Harper start in the centres while Jack Gosiewski starts for Joel Thompson. Corey Waddell joins the interchange bench, while rookie Josh Schuster comes in to the side at five-eighth in place of Cade Cust.

Wests Tigers — Asu "AJ" Kepaoa starts on the wing for Tommy Talau, while Moses Mbye and Adam Doueihi swap positions from centre and fullback. Josh Aloiai returns at prop in a boost for the side, with Matt Eisenhuth going back to the bench.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tevita Funa
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Moses Mbye
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 19 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 4 Albert Hopoate
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 18 Josh Schuster
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Harry Grant
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Thomas Mikaele
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Jack Gosiewski
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Matthew Eisenhuth
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Elijah Taylor
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jacob Liddle
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela Paseka
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Sam McIntyre

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Manly Sea Eagles ($1.55), Wests Tigers ($2.45)

Line — Manly Sea Eagles (-5.5) $2.00, Wests Tigers (+5.5) $2.00

Odds correct as of 2:30pm, August 31. 18+ only. Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 29, Manly Sea Eagles 16, Wests Tigers 13

At Lottoland — Played 11, Manly Sea Eagles 9, Wests Tigers 2

Last Time They Met — Manly Sea Eagles 32 def. Wests Tigers 12 (Rd.22, 2019)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Henry Perenara

Touch Judges — Jon Stone and Gavin Badger

Review Officials — Bryan Norrie and Steve Clark