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Round 13 of the NRL season continues this Friday evening, with the Wests Tigers hosting the Canberra Raiders in their first home game at Bankwest Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:55pm AEST.
After consecutive losses to the Storm and Rabbitohs, the West Tigers welcomed the bye last weekend and the chance to re-group ahead of the run in to the finals. A further loss to the Canberra Raiders may seem them start to lose touch with the top eight.
State of Origin hasn’t hit the Tigers that hard, with only Moses Mbye backing up from Wednesday night.
Mbye has been named at fullback and will play as long as he recovers well from Origin. Corey Thompson moves to the wing and David Nofoaluma drops out of the 17.
Chris Lawrence has been named in the No.20 jersey and it wouldn’t surprise to see him run out at Bankwest Stadium.
So far, so good for the Raiders this Origin period, with a tight win over the Bulldogs last Saturday night, without a host of their star players.
After losses against the Roosters, Rabbits and the Cowboys, the Raiders were desperate for a win and Ricky Stuart would have been happy how his under-strength team held off the fast-finishing Bulldogs.
The cavalry returns this weekend, with Jack Wighton, Nick Cotric and Josh Papalii all named to back up from Origin. Jordan Rapana also makes his return from injury after missing 3 games.
Corey Horsburgh drops out with injury with Emre Guler replacing the suspended Hudson Young on the bench.
The Tigers were two-point winners against the Raiders the last time the two sides played in the later stages of the 2018 season, but prior to that, the Raiders had won the previous four games by blow out scores.
While I do expect this game to be tighter than that, with Josh Hodgson’s absence a factor, I feel the Raiders just have more points in them than the Tigers do.
Canberra Raiders by 8.
When: 7:55pm AEST
Where: Bankwest Stadium
TV: Nine, Fox League
Online: NRL Live, Foxtel app or Foxtel now
Betting: Wests Tigers: $1.90; Canberra Raiders: $1.90
1. Moses Mbye 2. Robert Jennings 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Ben Matulino 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Chris McQueen 13. Matt Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14. Jacob Liddle 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Josh Aloiai 17. Michael Chee-Kam
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Nick Cotric 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine
Interchange: 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan Sutton