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Match Preview: Wests Tigers vs Warriors

Wests Tigers will return to Campbelltown Sports Stadium for the first time in 2022 as the club hosts the New Zealand Warriors in the second game of Multicultural Round.

Wests Tigers will take to the field in their Multicultural Jerseys, designed to honour and celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of its players and staff.

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Both sides will be eager to chalk up their first win of the new season and improve upon disappointing performances in Round 2.

Three Wests Tigers players are set to make their first appearance for the club this season. They will be led by co-captain James Tamou, who was a late omission from Sunday’s clash in Newcastle.

He’ll be joined in the starting lineup by Jacob Liddle, who has recovered from a knee injury sustained in the pre-season. Jake Simpkin will revert to the bench and look to bring attacking spark throughout the game.

After accumulating an impressive 200 running metres against the Knights, Jackson Hastings has received a three-week suspension for a dangerous throw. 

Former Australian Schoolboys captain Jock Madden is expected to replace Hastings at five-eighth, but Head Coach Michael Maguire may also call upon the experience of utility Tyrone Peachey.

Due to the short turnaround between matches, Kelma Tuilagi has not cleared the league’s concussion protocols and will be replaced by Luke Garner in the second row.

For the Warriors, skipper Addin Fonua-Blake has been named despite suffering a hand injury against the Titans in Round 2. Ashley Taylor has dropped out of the starting squad, with Kodi Nikorima claiming his spot in the halves.

Wests Tigers will be hoping to continue their strong form against the Warriors at Campbelltown, having won the last four encounters between the clubs at the venue by an average margin of over 28 points.

Team Lists:

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Reece Walsh
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Warriors is number 2 Adam Pompey
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Oliver Gildart
    Centre for Warriors is number 3 Jesse Arthars
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 11 Luke Garner
    Centre for Warriors is number 4 Rocco Berry
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 21 Starford To'a
    Winger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jock Madden
    Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Kodi Nikorima

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jacob Liddle
    Hooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Stefano Utoikamanu
    Prop for Warriors is number 10 Matthew Lodge
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Euan Aitken
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 20 Alex Seyfarth
    2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Eliesa Katoa
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe Ofahengaue
    Lock for Warriors is number 13 Josh Curran

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Warriors is number 14 Jazz Tevaga
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex Twal
    Interchange for Warriors is number 15 Bunty Afoa
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Zane Musgrove
    Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Aaron Pene
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Jake Simpkin
    Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Bayley Sironen

Reserves

  • Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 18 Thomas Mikaele
    Replacement for Warriors is number 18 Jack Murchie

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Darian Furner
  • Senior Review Official: Matt Noyen

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Match Details:

Date - Friday, 25th March, 2022

Time - 6:00pm AEDT

Venue - Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney

TV, Radio and Live Stream Information:

TV - FOX League (Ch. 502)

Radio - ABC Grandstand, Triple M 104.9

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

Latest PlayUp Odds:

Head-to-Head - Wests Tigers ($2.10) v New Zealand Warriors ($1.77)

Line - Wests Tigers +1.5 ($1.90) v New Zealand Warriors -1.5 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 11:00pm, Tuesday, 22nd March. 18+ only. Gamble Responsibly.

History:

Head-to-Head - Played 33, Wests Tigers 16, New Zealand Warriors 17

At Campbelltown Sports Stadium - Played 7, Wests Tigers 5, New Zealand Warriors 2

Last Time They Met - New Zealand Warriors 18 def. Wests Tigers 16 (Round 20, 2021)

Flashback:

Two weeks after conceding fifty points against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers looked to turn their fortunes around against the Warriors in Campbelltown.

An early try to Beau Ryan was cancelled out by Warriors five-eighth Joel Moon, who scored underneath the posts to give the visitors a two-point lead.

However, the Warriors would fail to register another point as the home side embarked on an attacking onslaught, which started with tries to Lote Tuqiri and Robbie Farah.

Centre Geoff Daniela continued the momentum in the second half, topping off a career night with three consecutive tries in just twelve minutes.

Late four-pointers to Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri and Mark Flanagan placed the cherry on top of a dominant performance as the joint-venture reached fifty points for the second time at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Match Officials:

Referee - Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Touch Judge - Jon Stone and Darian Furner

Senior Review Official - Matt Noyen

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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