Saturday’s (15/08/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 23 match is between Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 local time with the game to be played at Campbelltown Stadium. The home team Wests Tigers are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 15/08/2015
Where: Campbelltown Stadium
Tip: Wests Tigers at $1.45
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: David Nofoaluma at $10.00
1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Kevin Naiqama 4 Tim Simona 5 Pat Richards 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah (c) 10 Keith Galloway 11 Curtis Sironen 12 Dene Halatau 13 Sauaso Sue/ Interchange: 14 Kyle Lovett 15 Jack Buchanan 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Brenden Santi 18 Manaia Cherrington.
1 Jake Mamo 2 Nathan Ross 3 Sione Mata’utia 4 Dane Gagai 5 Akuila Uate 6 Kurt Gidley (c) 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 Kade Snowden 9 Adam Clydsdale 10 Korbin Sims 11 Beau Scott 12 Tariq Sims 13 Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell 15 Joseph Tapine 16 Chris Houston 17 Clint Newton 18 Sam Mataora.
Newcastle second-rower Beau Scott might have played his last game for the club after injuring his foot in Sunday’s 38-22 loss to the Sydney Roosters.
Along with stand-in five-eighth Tyler Randell, who suffered a severely scratched eyeball, Scott didn’t return to the field after the halftime break.
Interim coach Danny Buderus said scans on Monday would confirm whether the incumbent NSW backrower had made his final appearance in Knights colours.
“Beau has a foot injury and Tyler has an eye injury which looks pretty serious,” Buderus said after the loss.
“There could be a break in Beau’s foot so he’ll get a scan in the next couple of days but he’s getting all the right treatment in the moon boot.”
Despite being down to 15 men for the entire second half and facing a 32-0 deficit, the Knights bravely fought back to get within ten points with ten minutes remaining.
But that was as close as the home side got, disappointing the surprisingly strong crowd of 17,718.
“I just remember there was a collective belief when we scored our second try,” skipper Kurt Gidley said.
“The crowd lifted. I couldn’t be more appreciative or thankful for the people who turned up and got behind us in the second half.”
It was a disastrous start for Buderus’ first home game as head coach, conceding the game’s first six tries before getting on the scoreboard.
But the Knights legend said he took solace from their attempted comeback.
“The fighting qualities in the second half I couldn’t be more proud of them that’s for sure, but it’s too hard to crawl anything back from that scenario,” he said.
A broken foot for the 31-year-old Scott would likely rule him out for the rest of the season, ending a three-year stint at Newcastle after following Wayne Bennett out of St George-Illawarra at the end of 2012.
In 2014 he signed an extension on his contract that would’ve made him a Knight until the end of the 2017 season.
But earlier this year, Scott was granted a release on compassionate grounds due to his son needing medical assistance at Westmead’s Children’s Hospital and he subsequently signed a three-year deal with Parramatta.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change