Having already beaten St. George-Illawarra earlier this month, Wests Tigers will be looking to make it a perfect two wins from two matches against the Dragons in 2021 when they host the Red V at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.
Michael Maguire’s men will be eager to bounce back from last week’s heartbreaking loss to the Warriors as they play their first Friday night prime-time game of the season.
It will be a special occasion at Bankwest Stadium as Wests Tigers and the entire NRL celebrate and recognise Indigenous Round.
Wests Tigers fullback Daine Laurie — a proud Bundjalung man — will be representing his family and culture when he runs out for his first Indigenous Round clash on Friday night.
Indigenous star James Roberts will also be eager for a big performance in the significant round as he returns from injury.
Prop Tom Amone will become Wests Tigers Player #245 on Friday night after being named to play his first game for the club.
Amone has been in strong form in the NSW Cup competition — having not lost since he joined the side in Round 4 — with an average of 159 metres per game.
Although the visitors are missing a number of players through injuries and suspensions, Wests Tigers know the match will be a good test against the Dragons, who sit seventh on the ladder with five wins and six losses.
The two sides played out a tense 16-8 win for Wests Tigers when they met earlier in the year, and the Wests Tigers Members will certainly be hoping for a similarly positive result this time around as they look to witness their first home win of 2021.
A Wests Tigers victory would move the home team to just one win outside the top eight at the half-way mark of the season, although Maguire is more focussed on seeing a solid 80-minute performance from his men.
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers: Unchanged from the side named during the week with Stefano Utoikamanu and Jake Simpkin dropping out of the 19-man squad. Tom Amone will make his club debut off the bench with James Roberts returning in the centres.
Dragons: Similarly unchanged from the mid-week team list with Kaide Ellis and Adam Clune retained as reserves. Brayden Williame, Gerard Beale and Tariq Sims are all new faces this week with Josh Kerr, Max Feagai and Cody Ramsey out.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine LaurieFullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Dragons is number 2 Brayden Wiliame
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam DoueihiCentre for Dragons is number 3 Jack Bird
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy TalauCentre for Dragons is number 4 Gerard Beale
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 James RobertsWinger for Dragons is number 5 Jordan Pereira
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses MbyeFive-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Corey Norman
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James TamouProp for Dragons is number 8 Blake Lawrie
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob LiddleHooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Dragons is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Billy Burns
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Tariq Sims
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe OfahengaueLock for Dragons is number 13 Jackson Ford
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tom AmoneInterchange for Dragons is number 10 Paul Vaughan
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn BloreInterchange for Dragons is number 14 Talatau Amone
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Dragons is number 16 Daniel Alvaro
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Dragons is number 17 Jaiyden Hunt
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 21 Kiah CooperReserve for Dragons is number 18 Kaide Ellis
- Referee: Adam Gee
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara
Date — Friday, 28th May, 2021
Time — 7:55pm AEST
Venue — Bankwest Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB
Live Stream — 9 NOW, KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
Head-to-Head — Wests Tigers ($1.50), St George Illawarra Dragons ($2.55)
Line — Wests Tigers -5.5 ($2.00), St George Illawarra Dragons +5.5 ($2.00)
Head-to-Head — Played 39, Wests Tigers 19, St George-Illawarra 20
At Bankwest Stadium — Yet to play at venue.
Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 16 def. St. George-Illawarra 8 (Rd.8, 2021)
Referee — Adam Gee
Touch Judges — Peter Gough & Drew Oultram
Bunker Review Official — Henry Perenara