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Wests Tigers will be looking to bring the magic when they return to Brisbane for the first of eight games at Suncorp Stadium this Magic Round.

Michael Maguire’s men will kickoff the festival of football with a Friday night clash against the Newcastle Knights.

Having already beaten the Knights in Round 3 this season, Wests Tigers will be aiming to make it two wins from two games against their Novocastrian counterparts in 2021.

Maguire has called on his players for more consistency after recording an impressive victory in Round 8 against St George Illawarra before falling to the Gold Coast Titans last weekend.

Wests Tigers have good memories from Magic Round, having dominated Penrith 30-4 at Suncorp Stadium during the first Magic Round weekend, however last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Knights will also be looking to repeat their Magic Round success this week, after they toppled the Bulldogs 22-10 in 2019.

Coach Adam O'Brien was dealt a late injury blow with star halfback Kalyn Ponga joining Mitchell Pearce on the sidelines. Ponga's omission sees Tex Hoy move to fullback, who played against Wests Tigers in Round 3.

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers: Coach Michael Maguire has revamped his spine, switching Adam Doueihi to centre and Moses Mbye five-eighth while Jacob Liddle regains the starting dummy-half role with Jake Simpkin dropping back to the extended bench. Shawn Blore and rookie halfback Jock Madden have been named on the interchange which relegates young prop Stefano Utoikamanu to the reserves. Winger Tommy Talau returns from his one-game suspension.

Newcastle Knights: Kalyn Ponga will not suit up for Magic Round after being ruled out with a hip injury. Newcastle coach Adam O'Brien confirmed on Thursday that the Queensland representative would be sidelined with Tex Hoy coming into the side at fullback for the trip to Brisbane. Starford To'a retains his place on the other wing after his late call-up to take the place of Hymel Hunt (hamstring), who returns to the side in place of Brayden Musgrove.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Knights is number 20 Tex Hoy
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Starford To'a
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Joseph Leilua
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
    Winger for Knights is number 18 Hymel Hunt
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Kurt Mann
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Phoenix Crossland

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Knights is number 8 David Klemmer
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jock Madden
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Jacob Saifiti
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Sauaso Sue
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Brodie Jones

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
    Reserve for Knights is number 19 Josh King

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Keiren Irons
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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MATCH DETAILS

Date — Friday, 15th May, 2021

Time — 6:00pm AEST

Venue — Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION

TV — FOX League (Ch.502)

Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M, AM 1170 NRL Nation

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

LATEST NEDS ODDS

Head-to-Head — Wests Tigers ($1.52), Newcastle Knights ($2.50)

Line — Wests Tigers +4.5 ($2.00), Newcastle Knights -4.5 (2.00)

Odds correct as of 12:00pm, Tuesday, 11th May. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

Head-to-Head — Played 32, Wests Tigers 16, Newcastle Knights 15, Draw 1

Last Time They Met —Wests Tigers 24 def. Newcastle Knights 20 (Rd.3, 2021)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Grant Atkins

Touch Judges — Phil Henderson & Keiren Irons

Bunker Review Official — Ashley Klein