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Match Preview: Round 21 vs Newcastle Knights

Wests Tigers will be hoping to continue their strong form when they return home to host the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Last week’s victory in Brisbane was Brett Kimmorley’s first triumph as head coach, and he will be hoping to guide his side to back-to-back wins as the club celebrates its own Women in League Round.

In team news, the injury to Jackson Hastings provides an opportunity for Fonua Pole to make the second starting appearance of his young career.

Pole will line-up at lock with 27 year-old Tom Freebairn making his NRL debut off the interchange bench.

Tom Freebairn in action for Wests Magpies in the NSW Cup this season
Tom Freebairn in action for Wests Magpies in the NSW Cup this season

Newcastle will welcome back Jacob Saifiti and Bradman Best, while David Klemmer has been dropped due to disciplinary reasons.

Wests Tigers have a strong record against the Knights, winning seven of the past eleven clashes between the two sides and six of the last eight at Campbelltown.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tex Hoy
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Brent Naden
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Enari Tuala
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Starford To'a
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Dane Gagai
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Asu Kepaoa
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Bradman Best
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Dominic Young
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Adam Doueihi
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Anthony Milford
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jock Madden
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jake Clifford

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James Tamou
    Prop for Knights is number 8 Jacob Saifiti
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Fa'amanu Brown
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Jayden Brailey
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Joe Ofahengaue
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Daniel Saifiti
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Alex Seyfarth
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Tyson Frizell
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Kelma Tuilagi
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Brodie Jones
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Fonua Pole
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Mitchell Barnett

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Zane Musgrove
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Phoenix Crossland
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Austin Dias
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Simi Sasagi
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Tom Freebairn
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Pasami Saulo
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Tyrone Peachey
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Mat Croker

Reserves

  • Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 18 Junior Tupou
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Jack Johns

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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TV, Radio and Live Stream Information:

TV - Channel 9, FOX League

Radio - ABC Grandstand, Triple M, SEN

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

Latest PlayUp Odds:

Head-to-Head - Wests Tigers ($1.47) v Newcastle Knights ($2.70)

Line - Wests Tigers -6.0 ($1.90) v Newcastle Knights +6.0 ($1.90)

Odds correct as of 11:00am, Wednesday, 3rd August. 18+ only. Gamble Responsibly.

History:

Head-to-Head - Played 33, Wests Tigers 17, Newcastle Knights 16

At Campbelltown Sports Stadium - Played 9, Wests Tigers 6, Newcastle Knights 3

Last Time They Met - Newcastle Knights 26 def. Wests Tigers 4 (Round 2, 2022)

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