Wests Tigers will head to Queensland for a second time this season for Saturday night’s clash against the Melbourne Storm on the Sunshine Coast.
The match was originally scheduled to be played at AAMI Park in Melbourne but was relocated north of the border due to the COVID-19 situation in Victoria.
Although Michael Maguire’s men weren’t able to leave Bankwest Stadium with two competition points following Round 15’s match against the Eels, the side has shown plenty of improvement in recent weeks — claiming three wins in five weeks.
They’ll need to be at their best this Saturday night when the face off against the defending premiers and ladder leading Melbourne Storm, who have lost just two games this season.
Wests Tigers fans will get to see the club's newest recruit Ken Maumalo in action for the first time after the international winger was brought straight into the starting lineup for the Round 15 clash — becoming Wests Tigers Player #246.
FINAL TEAM LISTS
Storm: Nelson Asofa-Solomona returns in place of Jesse Bromwich, while George Jennings starts on the wing for Trent Loiero. Christian Welch and Tui Kamikamica swap positions in the late mail with the Origin forward to come off the bench.
Wests Tigers: Unchanged from the team named earlier in the week with Ken Maumalo making his Wests Tigers debut on the wing. Moses Mbye returns at five-eighth with James Roberts shifting to centre in place of Adam Doueihi.
Fullback for Storm is number 1 Nicho HynesFullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
Winger for Storm is number 2 George JenningsWinger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
Centre for Storm is number 3 Reimis SmithCentre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Tommy Talau
Centre for Storm is number 4 Justin OlamCentre for Wests Tigers is number 4 James Roberts
Winger for Storm is number 5 Josh Addo-CarrWinger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
Five-Eighth for Storm is number 6 Cameron MunsterFive-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
Halfback for Storm is number 7 Jahrome HughesHalfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
Prop for Storm is number 8 Nelson Asofa-SolomonaProp for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
Hooker for Storm is number 9 Brandon SmithHooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
Prop for Storm is number 15 Tui KamikamicaProp for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
2nd Row for Storm is number 11 Felise Kaufusi2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
2nd Row for Storm is number 12 Tom Eisenhuth2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
Lock for Storm is number 13 Dale FinucaneLock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Storm is number 10 Christian WelchInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
Interchange for Storm is number 14 Harry GrantInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
Interchange for Storm is number 16 Chris LewisInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Amone
Interchange for Storm is number 17 Aaron PeneInterchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
Reserve for Storm is number 21 Dean IeremiaReserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Todd Smith
- Touch Judge: Nick Morel
- Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen
Date — Saturday, 19th June, 2021
Time — 7:35pm AEST
Venue — Sunshine Coast Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 873 2GB
Live Stream — KAYO Sports, Foxtel Go, Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
Head-to-Head — Melbourne Storm ($1.06), Wests Tigers ($9.25)
Line — Melbourne Storm -22.5 ($1.90), Wests Tigers +22.5 ($1.90)
Head-to-Head — Played 34, Melbourne Storm 21, Wests Tigers 12, Drawn 1
At Sunshine Coast Stadium — Played 1, Melbourne Storm 1, Wests Tigers 0
Last Time They Met — Melbourne Storm 50 def. Wests Tigers 22 (Rd.19, 2020)
Referee — Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges — Todd Smith & Nick Morel
Bunker Review Official — Matt Noyen