Friday’s only NRL Round 14 match is between West Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. The opening bounce is set to commence at 20:00 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The away team South Sydney Rabbitohs are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between West Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs.
When: 20:00 | Friday 10/06/2016
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: South Sydney Rabbitohs at $1.62
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Dane Nielsen at $11.00
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Joshua Addo 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah 10 Avagalu Seumanufagai 11 Joshua Aloiai 12 Christopher Lawrence 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Sauaso Jesse Sue 15 Dene Halatau 16 Tim Grant 17 Kyle Lovett 18 Michael Chee Kam.
Rabbitohs: 1 Cody Walker 2 Alexander Johnston 3 Kirisome Auva’a 4 Bryson Goodwin 5 Dane Nielsen 6 Greg Inglis 7 Adam Reynolds 8 Thomas Burgess 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Nathan Brown 11 Paul Carter 12 Kyle Turner 13 Samuel Burgess. Interchange: 14 Luke Keary 15 Jason Clark 16 Siosifa Talakai 17 David Tyrrell.
South Sydney have vowed to put Sunday night’s golden-point agony behind them when they attempt to get their finals hopes back on track in Friday night’s clash with Wests Tigers.
The Rabbitohs thought they had beaten Gold Coast in Perth on Sunday when Adam Reynolds nailed a 20m field goal in golden-point extra time.
But South Sydney’s ecstasy quickly turned to agony when the video referee denied the winning point because of a Nathan Brown obstruction.
Minutes later, the Titans were celebrating a 29-28 win when Ash Taylor kicked truly in the second half of extra time.
The result put a major dent in South Sydney’s title hopes, with the Rabbitohs now precariously placed in ninth position with a 5-7 record.
South Sydney were fortunate to even take Sunday’s game to extra time after falling behind 18-0 early in the second half.
Coach Michael Maguire was left fuming after watching his team commit a number of unforced errors, saying their inability to complete sets on a regular basis was something they needed to fix.
But he said the player group would move on quickly from the heartbreaking nature of their loss to Gold Coast.
“We’ve got a very professional group of players,” Maguire said.
“It’s a pretty simple fix if individuals look after the ball and we put pressure on the opposition.
“If we hang on to the ball and we get our plays on, we’d be sitting here in a different situation.”
Utility back Luke Keary was on crutches after the game with a rolled ankle, but he remains a chance to take on Wests Tigers in what’s shaping as a must-win encounter.
Gold Coast (6-6) have now won three games on the trot, with their thrilling win over the Rabbitohs lifting them into eight spot.
And although coach Neil Henry isn’t getting carried away just yet, he said the win over South Sydney could prove crucial in his team’s fate.
“It’s a massive swing, losing or winning one of these games. I’m just glad we were on the winning side,” Henry said.
“We’re starting to trust each other with what we’re trying to do out there and build a bit of confidence.”
Nathan Peats hurt his elbow against the Rabbitohs, but the reserve hooker is expected to be available for Saturday night’s clash with his former club Parramatta.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change