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Fresh from a confidence-boosting win over the Newcastle Knights, Wests Tigers will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time this year when they take on the Parramatta Eels in Round 4.

Michael Maguire's side showed plenty of grit and determination to get the better of the Knights in a milestone game for the home side — fighting back late on to get the two points — and their maiden victory of the season will certainly fill Wests Tigers with plenty of confidence heading into Monday's showdown against the Eels.

Parramatta themselves come into the contest in red hot form, having not dropped a game through their opening three matches.

Brad Arthur's men were comfortable last-start winners against the Cronulla Sharks — albeit in a game where their opponents were ravaged by injury — and are set to welcome back a number of key players for the Easter Monday game.

Wests Tigers will head into the game unchanged for the first time this season, with Alex Twal free to play despite being found guilty at the Judiciary on Tuesday night — his charge attracting only a monetary fine.

NRL Team Announcement: Round 4

Zane Musgrove and James Tamou will start up front for the hosts, who have again named three middle forwards on the bench in Thomas Mikaele, Stefano Utoikamanu and Joe Ofahengaue. Moses Mbye's inclusion as the utility offers cover in a number of positions, having played at hooker and centre in the win over Newcastle.

Having missed out on the fixture in 2020 due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the return of the Easter Monday game is certainly a huge win for Members and fans with a healthy crowd expected to fill out the former Olympic venue this week.

In the five Easter Monday games played at Stadium Australia, an average of 36,000 people have filled the ground each time, and all signs are pointing to another healthy attendance this time around.

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Monday, April 5, 2021

Time — 4:00pm AEST

Venue — Stadium Australia, Sydney

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)

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

Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.), Sky Sport 4 (NZ only)

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers — Unchanged from their last start win over the Knights. Tommy Talau and James Roberts will line up in the centres with Moses Mbye on the bench.

Parramatta Eels — Ryan Matterson (concussion) is out, with Isaiah Papali'i to start in the back row and Keegan Hipgrave called on to the bench. Mitchell Moses has been cleared to return after failing his concussion test last week.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Eels is number 1 Clinton Gutherson
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Eels is number 2 Maika Sivo
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Eels is number 3 Tom Opacic
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 James Roberts
    Centre for Eels is number 4 Marata Niukore
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Asu Kepaoa
    Winger for Eels is number 5 Blake Ferguson
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Dylan Brown
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Eels is number 7 Mitchell Moses

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Zane Musgrove
    Prop for Eels is number 8 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Eels is number 9 Reed Mahoney
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 James Tamou
    Prop for Eels is number 10 Junior Paulo
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Eels is number 11 Shaun Lane
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Eels is number 15 Isaiah Papali'i
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
    Lock for Eels is number 13 Nathan Brown

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
    Interchange for Eels is number 14 Oregon Kaufusi
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Eels is number 16 Will Smith
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Eels is number 17 Ray Stone
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Eels is number 20 Keegan Hipgrave

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

Last updated:

LATEST NEDS ODDS

H2H — Wests Tigers ($3.50), Parramatta ($1.30)

Line — Wests Tigers +10 ($1.90), Parramatta -10 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 12:00p, Tuesday, 30th March. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 43, Wests Tigers 15, Parramatta 25, Drawn 3

At Stadium Australia — Played 11, Wests Tigers 4, Parramatta 7

Last Time They Met — Parramatta Eels 28 def. Wests Tigers 24 (Rd.20, 2020)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Ashley Klein

Touch Judges — David Munro and Liam Kennedy

Review Official — Alan Shortall