You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content

Wests Tigers will be looking to return to winning ways when they travel to Wollongong to face the St. George-Illawarra Dragons on Sunday.

Following four-straight losses, including a heavy loss on ANZAC Day against the Sea Eagles, Coach Michael Maguire will be hoping for a much-improved performance from his side at WIN Stadium in Round 8.

Wests Tigers have not lost in Wollongong since 2002, having won three of the four encounters at the venue, including last year’s 24-14 triumph in the opening round.

Maguire’s men will face a Dragons outfit, who sit sixth on the ladder with four wins from seven attempts, however suffered a heavy loss to the Sydney Roosters on ANZAC Day.

The home side will be without their two starting wingers for the clash after Jordan Pereira and Mikaele Ravalawa were handed lengthy suspensions for incidents in Round 7.

ALL THE LATEST TEAM NEWS

Dragons: No changes from the side originally named during the week with captain Ben Hunt set to return from injury, pushing Jack Bird to centre and Cody Ramsey to the wing. Max Fagai starts on the other flank in place of Ravalawa.

Wests Tigers: Centre Joey Leilua has been cleared of a broken thumb and will return in the centres in place of utility Michael Chee Kam, while Zac Cini will make his NRL debut in place of James Roberts. A shuffle amongst the forwards sees Alex Twal start at prop and Joe Ofahengaue at lock, with Thomas Mikaele recalled.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Matthew Dufty
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Cody Ramsey
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Joseph Leilua
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Max Feagai
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 24 Zac Cini
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Josh Kerr
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Dragons is number 15 Josh McGuire
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 13 Tyrell Fuimaono
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Moses Mbye
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Billy Burns
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 18 Kaide Ellis
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele

Reserves

  • Reserve for Dragons is number 21 Junior Amone
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

Last updated:

MATCH DETAILS

Date — Sunday, 2nd May

Time — 4:05pm AEST

Venue — WIN Stadium, Wollongong

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M

Live Stream — 9Now, KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.), Sky Sport 4 (NZ only)

LATEST NEDS ODDS

Head-to-Head — St George Illawarra Dragons ($1.33), Wests Tigers ($3.30)

Line — St George Illawarra Dragons -10.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +10.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 12:00pm, Tuesday, 27th April. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 38, St. George-Illawarra 20, Wests Tigers 18, Draw 2

At WIN Stadium — Played 4, Wests Tigers 3, St. George-Illawarra 1

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 24 def. St. George-Illawarra 14 (Rd.1, 2020)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Chris Sutton

Touch Judges — Jon Stone and Drew Oultram

Bunker Review Official — Steve Chiddy