Wests Tigers will be looking to build on their success from Round 1 this Sunday night when they take on the New Zealand Warriors at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
It was a strong start to the 2019 season for Wests Tigers last week with the home side producing a dominant second half display to defeat the Sea Eagles in wet conditions at Leichhardt Oval — a good platform for their first game under new Coach Michael Maguire and certainly something to build off this coming week.
The New Zealand Warriors also come in to the game off the back of an opening round win, with their thrashing of the Bulldogs putting them on top of the ladder.
The home side are still missing a couple of key players including David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence and Jacob Liddle but are boosted by the possible return of captain Moses Mbye, after the fullback was named in jersey 18. Maguire has named an unchanged lineup from last week, but that could change with Mbye impressing at training this week and firming as a likely starter for Sunday’s game at fullback.
Mbye feeling confident ahead of probable injury return
Stephen Kearney’s side are also unchanged after their last start win, but do have the possibility of bringing in Isaiah Papali’i (disciplinary) and Isaac Luke (knee) to the side after both players were named in the reserves for the first time this year.
Wests Tigers will also need to be on guard against the new halves combination of the visitors, who impressed last week against the Bulldogs. Playing as the dominant controlling half, Blake Green registered a number of try assists while rookie Adam Keighran scored a try and six goals to help his side to a 34-point victory.
The two teams last faced in the trials at the beginning of the month in Whangarei with the home side proving too good — Wests Tigers fighting back late to make it 26-16 against a strong Warriors side. Historically, however, the two sides have been far more level with Wests Tigers winning 15 of their matchups and the Warriors 14.
Last year, the two sides only had encounter in Round 9 with the Warriors winning at home, but prior to that it was four straight wins for Wests Tigers — including a number of big wins at Campbelltown throughout the past four years.
Date — Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time — 6:10pm AEST
Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium
TV, RADIO AND LIVE STREAM INFORMATION
TV — Live via FOX League (Ch.502)
Radio — AM 702 ABC Grandstand, AM 2GB 873
Live Stream — Foxtel Go, KAYO, NRL Digital Pass, Watch NRL Streaming (int.)