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Wests Tigers will return to Leichhardt Oval for the battle of the big cats when the Penrith Panthers come to town on Friday night.

Following last week’s convincing win over the Dragons, Michael Maguire’s men will be high on confidence and eager to upset the undefeated Panthers for the first time this season.

The Mountain Men will be without eight of their stars for the Round 13 clash with seven players called up for State of Origin, while prop Moses Leota has been rubbed out through suspension.

Wests Tigers will be missing enforcer Joe Ofahengaue for the clash after he was named in the Queensland Origin squad, but are boosted by the inclusion of Luciano Leilua after he was successful in getting a Shoulder Charge dismissed at the judiciary on Tuesday night.

Wests Tigers recruits Daine Laurie and James Tamou will be looking to impress when they face their former team for the first time since joining the club this season, while former Panther Shawn Blore will clash against his old teammates for the second time.

James Roberts was impressive in his return from injury last weekend as he bagged two tries on the wing, and he’ll be keen for another good performance this time around.

After inking a new, two-year contract extension with the club on Tuesday, Jacob Liddle is expected to start at hooker for the home side while second row forward Luke Garner is set to play his 50th NRL game for the club.

LATEST TEAM NEWS

Wests Tigers: In-form second-rower Luciano Leilua was successful at the judiciary on Tuesday night, meaning he is eligible to play in Friday's game. Alex Seyfarth starts at lock in place of Joe Ofahengaue (representative duties) with Stefano Utoikamanu coming into the bench for his first game since Round 9.

Panthers: The return of Dylan Edwards (hamstring) at fullback allows Stephen Crichton to shift back to the centres and Matt Burton to move to five-eighth to replace Jarome Luai. Robert Jennings gets a recall on the wing while Tyrone May will play halfback and Mitch Kenny is the new hooker. Yeo and Martin are replaced in the back row by Scott Sorensen and Matt Eisenhuth while the interchange bench has four new faces in former Eel Jaeman Salmon, one-gamer J'maine Hopgood and debutants Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago. Prop Moses Leota accepted a one-week ban for a careless high tackle and his place is taken by Spencer Leniu.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Dylan Edwards
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Charlie Staines
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Tommy Talau
    Centre for Panthers is number 4 Paul Momirovski
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 James Roberts
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Robert Jennings
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Tyrone May

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Spencer Leniu
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Mitch Kenny
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 James Fisher-Harris
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Viliame Kikau
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Scott Sorensen
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Seyfarth
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Jaeman Salmon
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Panthers is number 15 J'maine Hopgood
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Amone
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Lindsay Smith
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Izack Tago

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
    Reserve for Panthers is number 18 Brent Naden

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Nick Beashel
  • Senior Review Official: Alan Shortall

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MATCH DETAILS


Date — Friday, 4th June, 2021

Time — 7:55pm AEST

Venue — Leichhardt Oval

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 ($2.75), Penrith Panthers ($1.44)

Line — Wests Tigers +5.5 ($2.00), Penrith Panthers -5.5 ($2.00)

Odds correct as of 2:00pm, Tuesday, 1st June. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY


Head-to-Head — Played 36, Wests Tigers 13, Penrith Panthers 23

At Leichhardt Oval — Played 5, Wests Tigers 1, Penrith Panthers 4

Last Time They Met — Penrith Panthers 30 def. Wests Tigers 6 (Rd.16, 2020)

MATCH OFFICIALS


Referee — Grant Atkins

Touch Judges — Chris Sutton & Nick Beashel

Bunker Review Official — Alan Shortall