NRL match preview: Wests Tigers vs Roosters

Date: Saturday 16th August
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Kick-off: 7.30pm


Wests Tigers: 1. Mitchell Moses 2. Kurtis Rowe 3. Cory Patterson 4. Chris Lawrence 5. Keith Lulia 6. Curtis Sironen 7. Blake Austin 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (C) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Adam Blair 12. Dene Halatau 13. Sauaso Sue Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Martin Taupau 16. Sitaleki Akauola 17. James Gavet

Roosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Michael Jennings 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 6. James Maloney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jared Waera-Hargreaves 9. Heath L’Estrange 10. Sam Moa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Interchange: 14. Mitchell Aubusson 15. Isaac Liu 16. Dylan Napa 17. Kane Evans


The Sydney Roosters travel to Leichhardt to face the Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

After having opposing luck last weekend, the Roosters beating the Titans and the Tigers getting embarrassed by the Cowboys, both teams need the win for varying reasons.

The Tigers have been forced into changes this week with another outside-back, Tim Simona, succumbing to inury. Cory Patterson shifts to the centres and Keith Galloway returns which means Ava Seumanufagai returns to his more accustomed bench role. Also, Sitaleki Akauola returns from suspension on the interchange bench.

The away side have named the same 17 with the only change being Sam Moa and Dylan Napa swapping places.

After last weeks performance it could be safe to say that the home side’s chances of making the top eight is slim. An ordinary for-and-against along with being behind on actual points means it’s a tough ask for the joint-venture club.

The Roosters, on the other hand, sit in the top four and look certain to play finals football unless disaster strikes. The halves are hitting form at the right time of the year and with Jake Friend and Daniel Tupou still to return, the Roosters are well on their way to defending their premiership.

However, with the Tigers having virtually nothing to play for and the game has been moved from ANZ Stadium to Leichhardt this will favour them greatly. Another week of turmoil will be put behind them as they come away with the two points.



Tigers by 4.

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