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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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James Roberts
  • Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Asu Kepaoa
  • Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Josh Mansour
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Thomas Burgess
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Tevita Tatola
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Jacob Host
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Joe Ofahengaue
  • 2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Twal

Interchange

  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji Marshall
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Mark Nicholls
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Luke Garner
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jai Arrow
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 19 Liam Knight
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Zane Musgrove

Reserves

  • Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 16 Patrick Mago
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 19 Alex Seyfarth

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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MATCH DETAILS

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)

Odds correct as of 9:00am, Wednesday, 14th April. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

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)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Gerard Sutton

Touch Judges — Liam Kennedy and Jon Stone 

Bunker Review Official — Alan Shortall