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Match Preview: Knights vs Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers will be eager to build on a promising opening performance as they travel to Newcastle to face the Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Despite falling short in Round 1, the squad stood up to a highly-fancied Melbourne Storm lineup and proved that they’ll be up for the fight in 2022.

After missing last week’s match due to suspension, co-captain James Tamou is set to partner Stefano Utoikamanu in the front-row with Alex Twal providing added starch to the interchange bench.

Ken Maumalo will line-up alongside Oliver Gildart and Kelma Tuilagi on the left once again, with the trio looking to further build on their combination after scoring two tries last weekend.

Wests Tigers Round 2 Team

Tyrone Peachey will again wear the number 14 on his back and provide support for Jake Simpkin, who has been named to start at hooker despite suffering a shoulder injury against the Storm.

On the other side of the ledger, the Knights will be keen to continue their strong start to the season after they upset the Roosters in an impressive Round 1 performance at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Adam O’Brien has made no changes to his squad as they look to carry last week’s momentum into this clash.

Twal and Wests Tigers know what they're capable of

Team Lists

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Knights is number 20 Tex Hoy
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
  • Winger for Knights is number 2 Dominic Young
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
  • Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 James Roberts
  • Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Oliver Gildart
  • Winger for Knights is number 5 Enari Tuala
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
  • Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Jake Clifford
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Jackson Hastings
  • Halfback for Knights is number 7 Adam Clune
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks

Forwards

  • Prop for Knights is number 10 Jacob Saifiti
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Stefano Utoikamanu
  • Hooker for Knights is number 9 Chris Randall
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake Simpkin
  • Prop for Knights is number 15 Mitchell Barnett
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex Twal
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Kelma Tuilagi
  • 2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
  • Lock for Knights is number 13 Kurt Mann
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue

Interchange

  • Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
  • Interchange for Knights is number 16 Leo Thompson
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Zane Musgrove
  • Interchange for Knights is number 17 Jirah Momoisea
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Alex Seyfarth
  • Interchange for Knights is number 18 Mat Croker
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Thomas Mikaele

Reserves

  • Replacement for Knights is number 21 Simi Sasagi
    Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 19 Luke Garner

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ben Cummins
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Touch Judge: Chris Sutton
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Match Details

Date — Sunday, 20th March, 2022

Time — 4:05pm AEDT

Venue — McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Nofoaluma and his teammates are hungry for success

TV, Radio and Live Stream Information

TV — Channel 9, FOX League (Ch. 502)

Radio — AM 702 Grandstand, 873 2GB, Triple M 104.9

Live Stream — KAYO Sports, Watch NRL (int.)

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History

Head-to-Head — Played 32, Wests Tigers 17, Newcastle Knights 15

At McDonald Jones Stadium — Played 18, Wests Tigers 9, Newcastle Knights 9

Last Time They Met — Wests Tigers 36 def. Newcastle Knights 18 (Rd. 10, 2021)

Flashback

In 2011, over 18,000 fans jammed into Leichhardt Oval to watch the eighth-placed Wests Tigers face off against the ninth-placed Newcastle Knights in a critical mid-table clash.

Halfback Robert Lui brought the crowd to life by skipping through the line to score the first try of the match, before the Knights hit back through Neville Costigan and James McManus.

Facing a halftime deficit, rookie centre Tim Simona produced an audacious flick pass to winger Mitch Brown, who levelled the scores with a try in the corner.

Former representative prop Antonio Kaufusi restored Newcastle’s advantage after the break, before Robbie Farah sent Liam Fulton through the line to tie the game with just seven minutes remaining.

In extra time, a barging run from Chris Heighington decimated the Knights’ defensive line, providing Farah with the option of passing off to Tim Moltzen or Robert Lui for the field goal.

However, the crafty hooker took advantage of some poor marker defence and opted to kick the one-pointer himself, winning the game in front of a parochial home crowd.

NRL Teams: Knights v Wests Tigers

Match Officials

Referee — Ben Cummins

Touch Judge — Chris Sutton and Darian Furner 

Bunker Official — Ashley Klein 

Merchandise & Membership

Wests Tigers Merchandise will be available this week at McDonald Jones Stadium from 11:30am at the southern entrance located next to Lambton Ker-rai Creek

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With three games on offer, get in early and enjoy two games of NRLW followed by your Wests Tigers tacking the Newcastle Knights from 4pm.

Wests Tigers Members and fans are encouraged to use the promo code TIGERSR2 to secure their tickets for this clash.

Acknowledgement of Country

Wests Tigers respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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