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Neds Match Preview: Round 16

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Rabbitohs is number 1 Latrell Mitchell
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 2 Alex Johnston
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James Roberts
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 3 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Adam Doueihi
    Centre for Rabbitohs is number 4 Campbell Graham
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Rabbitohs is number 5 Taane Milne
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Moses Mbye
    Five-Eighth for Rabbitohs is number 6 Cody Walker
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Rabbitohs is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 8 Mark Nicholls
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Rabbitohs is number 9 Damien Cook
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Rabbitohs is number 10 Hame Sele
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 11 Keaon Koloamatangi
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Rabbitohs is number 12 Jai Arrow
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Alex Seyfarth
    Lock for Rabbitohs is number 13 Cameron Murray

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 14 Benji Marshall
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Shawn Blore
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 15 Liam Knight
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Thomas Mikaele
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 16 Thomas Burgess
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Joe Ofahengaue
    Interchange for Rabbitohs is number 17 Jacob Host

Reserves

  • Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 18 Michael Chee Kam
    Reserve for Rabbitohs is number 18 Braidon Burns

Match Officials

  • Referee: Grant Atkins
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Peter Gough
  • Senior Review Official: Henry Perenara

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MATCH DETAILS

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)

Odds correct as of 9:00am, Tuesday, 29th June. 18+ only, Gamble responsibly.

HISTORY

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)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee — Grant Atkins

Touch Judges — Kasey Badger & Peter Gough

Bunker Review Official — Henry Perenara​