Wests Tigers will be looking for an improved performance when they return to Stadium Australia to face the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their Round 6 clash on Saturday evening.
Coach Michael Maguire has called upon his Wests Tigers players to step up against the Rabbitohs — who have won four-straight games to sit third on the ladder following five rounds.
Although the home side will enter the game as red-hot favourites, Wests Tigers will be ready for the challenge as they look to bounce back from last Sunday’s loss to the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.
The match presents a number of individual storylines with a handful of people facing their former club on Saturday — including coach Maguire — who led the Rabbitohs to premiership glory in 2014.
All eyes will be on Wests Tigers centre James Roberts — who will come up against the Rabbitohs for the first time since departing the club last season. The representative centre is yet to score a try in 2021 and will be eyeing off a big game against his former club.
Former Bunny Adam Doueihi will also face his previous team — and although he’s battled South Sydney twice since departing Redfern at the end of 2019 — it will be the first time he wears number six on his back against the Rabbitohs.
Doueihi was impressive during last week's second-half resurgence as he assisted two tries — and will be looking for more improvement this time around.
There will also be a lot of the media attention on Wests Tigers premiership-winner and South Sydney recruit Benji Marshall — who will face his Maguire’s men for the first time since his departure from the club last year.
ALL THE LATEST TEAM NEWS
Rabbitohs: Cody Walker returns from suspension to reclaim the No.6 jumper, pushing Benji Marshal back to the bench. Liam Knight returns from concussion to join the bench, with Patrick Mago dropping back to the reserves.
Wests Tigers: Unchanged from the side originally named during the week. Jake Simpkin will make his first-grade debut at hooker, while Stefano Utoikamanu moves into the starting side in place of Zane Musgrove. Joey Leilua (concussion) is out and is replaced in the side by AJ Kepaoa.
Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell MitchellFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex JohnstonWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane GagaiCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James Roberts
Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell GrahamCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Asu Kepaoa
Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Josh MansourWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody WalkerFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam ReynoldsHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Thomas BurgessProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien CookHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tevita TatolaProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Stefano Utoikamanu
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jacob Host2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Joe Ofahengaue
2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron MurrayLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji MarshallInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark NichollsInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Luke Garner
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jai ArrowInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Thomas Mikaele
Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 19 Liam KnightInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Zane Musgrove
Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick MagoReserve for Wests Tigers is number 19 Alex Seyfarth
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
Date — Saturday, 17th April
Time — 5:30pm AEST
Venue — Stadium Australia
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand
Live Stream — KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.), Sky Sport 4 (NZ only)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
Head-to-Head — South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.10), Wests Tigers ($6.75)
Line — South Sydney Rabbitohs -17.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +17.5 ($1.90)
Head-to-Head — Played 36, South Sydney Rabbitohs 20, Wests Tigers 16
Last Time They Met — South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 def. Wests Tigers 24 (Rd.18, 2020)
Referee — Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges — Liam Kennedy and Jon Stone
Bunker Review Official — Alan Shortall