Saturday’s (22/08/2015) first NRL 2015 Round 24 match is between Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 local time with the game to be played at Remondis Stadium. The home team Cronulla Sharks are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 22/08/2015
Where: Remondis Stadium
Tip: Cronulla Sharks at $1.81
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Ben Barba at $14.00
1 Michael Gordon 2 Sosaia Feki 3 Gerard Beale 4 Ricky Leutele 5 Valentine Holmes 6 Jack Bird 7 Jeff Robson 8 Chris Heighington 9 Michael Ennis 10 Sam Tagataese 11 Luke Lewis 12 Wade Graham 13 Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14 Matt Prior 15 Anthony Tupou 16 Tinirau Arona 17 Jayson Bukuya.
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 Sauaso Sue 11 Curtis Sironen 12 Dene Halatau 13 Martin Taupau. Interchange: 14 Kyle Lovett 15 Keith Galloway 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Chris Lawrence 18 Manaia Cherrington 19 Jack Buchanan.
Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks will have scans after taking a knock to the thumb in his side’s loss to Newcastle, while representative stars Aaron Woods and captain Robbie Farah are also in doubt for next weekend’s clash with Cronulla.
The Tigers have three rounds of the NRL season remaining to salvage some pride with their 24-18 loss to the Knights on Saturday leaving them in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.
Woods suffered a knee injury which forced him off the ground inside the opening 15 minutes after he collided with a teammate, bumping the outside of his knee when attempting a try-saving tackle on Akuila Uate.
It was initially feared Woods had done season-ending medial ligament damage but it was revealed the prop had re-aggravated scar tissue.
“He could possibly be OK for next week but that will be the next few days we’ll see that,” said coach Jason Taylor.
“He’s had that injury a few times and it was a recurrence of a similar injury where his knee opened up a little bit, so the guys were concerned that it was worse than it seems it might be now.”
Tigers physio Peter Moussa told the club’s website Farah has a cheekbone problem would be further assessed on Sunday.
“He’s pretty sore. We’ll just have to look at it in the medical and make a decision on whether he gets scans,” he said.
Dynamic halfback Brooks played out the match in pain as the Knights stormed home after a slow start.
“Brooksy took a knock to the thumb and was complaining in the second half but he got through the game. At the moment, it’s pretty sore and swollen and we’ll look at it in the medical as well.”
“He’s already got an X-Ray referral, so we’ll get that sorted.”
There was some good news for the Tigers with Chris Lawrence expected to return from an ankle injury while Martin Taupau is back from suspension for next Saturday afternoon’s clash at Remondis Stadium.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change