After having a weekend off due to Representative Round, Wests Tigers are eager to return to the footy field this Sunday afternoon when they host South Sydney at Leichhardt Oval — in which will be their first chance of redemption following the heavy defeat to Melbourne a fortnight ago.
Michael Maguire’s men have reflected on their last-start performance, but all eyes have now shifted to this week’s clash against the Rabbitohs.
Although they won’t have the luxury of playing in front of the vocal Leichhardt faithful, a return home is a giant boost for the squad, as they look to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Round 16 clash will be South Sydney’s first game against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval in 14 years, with their last visit being back in 2007. The two side are locked at three wins each at the historic venue since their first clash in 2002.
LATEST TEAM NEWS
Wests Tigers: Coach Michael Maguire has made just three changes to his 17 in the wake of last round's capitulation to Melbourne.
Adam Doueihi (head knock) makes his return to the centres in place of Tommy Talau, who drops out of the squad, while interchange forward Alex Seyfarth swaps places with starting lock Joe Ofahengaue and Thomas Mikaele earns a recall to the bench with Tom Amone being relegated to the reserves.
Shawn Blore (ankle) has been named on the interchange despite concerns about his availability.
Rabbitohs: Benji Marshall (birth of child) returns in the No.14 jumper, with Blake Taaffe dropping to reserves, while Hame Sele is promoted from the interchange to take the place of starting prop Tevita Tatola (knee) and Liam Knight is the new forward on the bench.
The club's five Origin players - Latrell Mitchell, Dane Gagai, Damien Cook, Jai Arrow and Cameron Murray - got through Sunday night without injury and have been named to start.
Match: Wests Tigers v Rabbitohs
Round 16 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine LaurieFullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David NofoalumaWinger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James RobertsCentre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam DoueihiCentre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Taane Milne
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses MbyeFive-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke BrooksHalfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James TamouProp for Rabbitohs is number 8 Mark Nicholls
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob LiddleHooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex TwalProp for Rabbitohs is number 10 Hame Sele
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jai Arrow
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex SeyfarthLock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano UtoikamanuInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji Marshall
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn BloreInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Liam Knight
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Thomas MikaeleInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Thomas Burgess
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Joe OfahengaueInterchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jacob Host
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee KamReserve for Rabbitohs is number 18 Braidon Burns
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
- Touch Judge: Peter Gough
- Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara
Date — Sunday, 4th July, 2021
Time — 4:05pm AEST
Venue — Leichhardt Oval
Match Day Partner — Tharawal
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Channel 9, FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, FM 104.9 Triple M
Live Stream — 9 NOW, KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)
LATEST NEDS ODDS
Head-to-Head — Wests Tigers ($6.40), South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.11)
Line — Wests Tigers +20 ($1.90), South Sydney Rabbitohs -20 ($1.90)
Head-to-Head — Played 37, Wests Tigers 16, South Sydney Rabbitohs 21
At Leichhardt Oval — Played 6, Wests Tigers 3, South Sydney Rabbitohs 3
Last Time They Met — South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 def. Wests Tigers 14 (Rd.6, 2021)
Referee — Grant Atkins
Touch Judges — Kasey Badger & Peter Gough
Bunker Review Official — Henry Perenara