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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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 17 Reece Walsh
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Adam Pompey
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Euan Aitken
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Joseph Leilua
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Marcelo Montoya
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Tommy Talau
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
  • Prop for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Ben Murdoch-Masila
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 18 Eliesa Katoa
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 10 Kane Evans
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 11 Jack Murchie
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Leeson Ah Mau
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jake Simpkin

Reserves

  • Reserve for Warriors is number 21 Edward Kosi
    Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Matt Noyen
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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MATCH DETAILS

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)

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

HISTORY

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)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee —Matt Noyen

Touch Judges — Drew Oultram and Phil Henderson

Bunker Review Official — Alan Shortall