Following Wests Tigers’ impressive win over Newcastle in Magic Round, Coach Michael Maguire will be looking for replicated performance when his side take on the New Zealand Warriors on the Central Coast this Friday.
Yet to claim back-to-back wins in 2021, Wests Tigers have the opportunity to keep their momentum rolling as confidence builds amongst the playing group.
Maguire’s men will face another good challenge this week against the Warriors, who sit 10th on the ladder with four wins and six losses but have chalked up back-to-back defeats in recent weeks.
Friday is the first of two Wests Tigers games at the stadium with the side travelling back to the Central Coast in Round 19 to face the Sea Eagles.
Although Wests Tigers will enter the match as outsiders, they will be confident they can leave Gosford with two competition points, having won four of their seven competition games played at the venue in history.
Winger David Nofoaluma will play his 150th game for the club — becoming just the 13th player in history to reach the milestone for Wests Tigers — and will be hoping to continue his good form against the Warriors. The Campbelltown flyer has scored six tries in his eight career games against New Zealand.
LATEST TEAM NEWS
NZ Warriors: Young gun Reece Walsh has come in to the starting side at fullback after initially being named on the bench. Skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to the wing to replace Ken Maumalo while Eliese Katoa joins the bench. Josh Curran is out for up to a month after he hyper-extended his right elbow in the loss to Parramatta while rookie centre Rocco Berry (head knock) is also out. Marcelo Montoya returns from a knee injury to take Berry's place in the side.
Wests Tigers: Steady as she goes for Michael Maguire on the back of a morale-boosting win over the Knights with the same 17 named — including Adam Doueihi at centre and Moses Mbye at five-eighth. Jake Simpkin has been named among the reserves alongside Michael Chee Kam as part of the 19-man squad.
Fullback for Warriors is number 17 Reece WalshFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
Winger for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-SheckWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam PompeyCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
Centre for Warriors is number 4 Euan AitkenCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Joseph Leilua
Winger for Warriors is number 2 Marcelo MontoyaWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi NikorimaFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-TavitaHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-BrownProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde EganHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
Prop for Warriors is number 16 Bunty AfoaProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Warriors is number 18 Eliesa Katoa2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu HarrisLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Kane EvansInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Jack MurchieInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz TevagaInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Leeson Ah MauInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jake Simpkin
Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Edward KosiReserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
- Referee: Matt Noyen
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall
Date — Friday, 21st May, 2021
Time — 6:00pm AEST
Venue — Central Coast Stadium
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 — New Zealand Warriors ($1.55), Wests Tigers ($2.45)
Line — New Zealand Warriors -5.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +5.5 ($1.90)
Head-to-Head — Played 31, NZ Warriors 15, Wests Tigers 16
At Central Coast Stadium — Yet to play at venue.
Last Time They Met — NZ Warriors 26 def. Wests Tigers 20 (Rd.12, 2020)
Referee —Matt Noyen
Touch Judges — Drew Oultram and Phil Henderson
Bunker Review Official — Alan Shortall