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Both the Brisbane Broncos and the Wests Tigers desperately need a win to relieve some pressure as they lock horns in a battle of the battlers. Join The Roar for live scores from Suncorp Stadium from 4:05pm (AEST).
Remarkably, if the Tigers can win this, they’ll be just one win and points-differential outside the eight. However, their ugly -148 differential tells a story of what has been an at times painful season for Michael Maguire and his team.
It’s now been a month without success since their stunning win over an Origin-weakened Panthers. Tommy Talau comes in for the COVID-exposed James Roberts in the centres from last week’s loss to the Rabbitohs, while Stefano Utoikamanu gets his chance to start. Tuki Simpkins will make his debut from the bench.
The Broncos have once again struggled this season under new coach Kevin Walters, but they’ll head into this match on the back of a win over the Sharks in their last game.
Xavier Coates won’t return from his Origin-enforced absence against Cronulla, giving Jamayne Isaako another chance at turning around his spluttering career. Jesse Arthars will return from his concussion off the bench.
1. Tesi Niu, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 21. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Tyson Gamble, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Rhys Kennedy, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn (c), 12. TC Robati, 13. Kobe Hetherington
Bench/Reserves: 15. Thomas Flegler, 16. Keenan Palasia, 17. Jordan Riki, 19. Jesse Arthars | 5. Xavier Coates, 18. Ethan Bullemor
1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Junior Pauga, 19. Tommy Talau, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Adam Doueihi, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Stefano Utoikamanu, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. James Tamou (c), 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Thomas Mikaele
Bench/Reserves: 14. Joe Ofahengaue, 15. Alex Twal, 16. Tukimihia Simpkins, 17. Moses Mbye | 18. Michael Chee Kam, 20. Alex Seyfarth