Saturday’s second NRL Round 8 match is between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 17:35 local time with the game to be played at GIO Stadium. The away team Wests Tigers are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers.
When: 17:35 | Saturday 23/04/2016
Where: GIO Stadium
Tip: Wests Tigers at $2.85
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Jordan Rankin at $15.00
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Edrick Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Sam Williams 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Shannon Boyd 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Frank-Paul Nuuausala 11 Josh Papalii 12 Elliot Whitehead 13 Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Luke Bateman 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Joseph Tapine 18 Clay Priest 19 Jarrad Kennedy 20 Mitch Barnett.
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 Josh Addo-Carr 3 Nathan Milone 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Jordan Rankin 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Ava Seumanufagai 9 Robbie Farah 10 Tim Grant 11 Curtis Sironen 12 Chris Lawrence 13 Sauaso Sue. Interchange: 14 Josh Aloiai 15 Dene Halatau 16 Kyle Lovett 17 JJ Felise 18 Joel Edwards.
The Wests Tigers have battened down the hatches as they attempt to avoid a sixth consecutive NRL loss against Canberra on Saturday.
The Tigers have been narrowly beaten in their past two matches against Newcastle and Melbourne, and now coach Jason Taylor has told them to block out all outside influences as the pressure continues to build.
“We just need to play our own game,” forward Sauaso Sue responded when asked what message Taylor had given the players ahead of the clash in Canberra.
“Don’t get stuck into the media and play our own game.”
The Tigers have crashed to 14th on the ladder after they began their season with back-to-back wins over the Warriors and Manly.
Taylor’s side will again be without captain Aaron Woods, who is sidelined for at least another two weeks with an ankle injury and back-rower Curtis Sironen admits the Tigers are feeling the heat.
“There obviously is (pressure),” he said.
“Our fans and everyone wants us to succeed and so do we but we`re close and we know we’re doing everything in our power.
“Getting beat by two points two weeks ago and then one point in golden point has definitely taken its toll. But surprisingly the morale isn’t too down.”
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change