Date: SUNDAY, 27 APRIL
Venue: LEICHHARDT OVAL
Kick-off: 3:00pm (local)
1 Kurtis Rowe 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Chris Lawrence 5 Pat Richards 6 Braith Anasta 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Joel Luani 10 Keith Galloway 11 Liam Fulton 12 Bodene Thompson 13 Adam Blair Interchange 14 Martin Taupau 15 Ava Semanafagai 16 Blake Austin 17 Sitaleki Akauola Coach: Mick Potter
1 David Mead 2 Kevin Gordon 3 Maurice Blair 4 Brad Takairangi 5 Anthony Don 6 Aidan Sezer 7 Albert Kelly 8 Luke Douglas 9 Beau Falloon 10 Nate Myles (c) 11 Greg Bird (c) 12 David Taylor 13 Ashley Harrison Interchange 14 Mark Ioane 15 Ryan James 16 Mark Minichiello 17 Paul Carter 18 William Zillman Coach: John Cartwright
These two sides are the surprise packages of the season with Wests Tigers sitting in second in the ladder and the Titans in fourth as this game is set to be a close encounter.
The Tigers will miss Robbie Farah who has been instrumental to his sides recent good fortune so far this season but they can call on the halfback pairing of Braith Anasta and Luke Brooks who have worked brilliantly together in some big wins for the Tigers. They have the right balance of youth and experience this year and it seems to be paying off magnificently. The huge Tigers pack will look to dominate to give those two in the halves a chance to shine.
Meanwhile, Co-captains Nate Myles and Greg Bird have led from the front for the Titans with Myles a constant metre maker and Bird’s dangerous runs and his ability to offload when it seems impossible helping their rise towards the top. Albert Kelly has started the year flying with his interception tries something to look out for every week as he has the ability to turn defence into attack in the blink of an eye. Dave Taylor is starting to look like the player that took the NRL by storm in his Bunnies days and if he and his other forwards can dominate this one could turn in their favour.
Both sides will be out to prove they can hold their own at the top and keep their place inside that top four.
Home advantage seems to be huge for the Tigers this year with a packed Leichhardt getting behind them. With that in mind I’m going for a Tigers win by 4.