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NRL match preview: Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers

Date: Sunday, 6 July, 2014.

Venue: Leichhardt Oval

Kick-off: 3pm

Tigers: 1. Blake Austin 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Keith Lulia 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Pat Richards 6. Braith Anasta (c) 7. Luke Brooks 8. Martin Taupau 9. Joel Luani 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Bodene Thompson 13. Adam Blair Interchange: 14. Dene Halatau 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Sitaleki Akauola 17. Jack Buchanan.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Jamal Idris 5. Kevin Naiqama 6. Jamie Soward 7. Peter Wallace 8. Sam McKendry 9. James Segeyaro 10. Brent Kite 11. Sika Manu 12. Elijah Taylor 13. Adam Docker Interchange: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Lewis Brown 17. Nigel Plum 18. Bryce Cartwright.

Wests Tigers welcome the Penrith Panthers to Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt on Sunday afternoon.

What is shaping up as a massive game for both sides, the clash of the two teams from the West will see Brent Kite play his 300th NRL game in front of what should be a bumper crowd.

After last weekends victory against the Raiders which was soured by a host of injuries, the Tigers will name a far different side to recent weeks. Injured trio James Tedesco, Tim Simona and Sauaso Sue, along with Origin representatives Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah, make way. In their place comes experienced players Keith Lulia and Dene Halatau along with youngsters Sitaleki Akauola and Jack Buchanan.

For the Panthers, there are not many changes despite their loss to the Warriors in New Zealand last weekend. Out goes young centre Isaac Yeo and in comes Kevin Naiqama. Bryce Cartwright also has been named as 18th man.

This will be a very exciting game with both teams not afraid to throw the ball around. The Tigers are heavily depleted and there could be a late inclusion, Mitchell Moses, who has big wraps around the Tigers fans and club.

Penrith are faring better this season and have surprised most people by sitting at the top end of the table over halfway through the season. However,  despite the Panthers not being affected by Origin and naming close to their strongest side, the Tigers at Leichhardt are near impossible to beat and have won seven straight against the team from the foot of the mountain.

Tigers by 4.

Jake is a University of Wollongong student and one half of the 4 Pointers.


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