Saturday’s first NRL Round 23 match is between Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 local time with the game to be played at Campbelltown Stadium. The away team Gold Coast Titans are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans.
When: 15:05 | Saturday 13/08/2016
Where: Campbelltown Stadium
Tip: Gold Coast Titans at $1.96
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Josh Hoffman at $17.00
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tim Simona 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Jordan Rankin 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Jack Littlejohn 8. Aaron Woods 9. Dene Halatau 10. Sauaso Sue 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14. Kyle Lovett 15. Ava Seumanufagai 16. Tim Grant 17. Joel Edwards.
Titans: 1 David Mead 2 Anthony Don 3 Josh Hoffman 4 Konrad Hurrell 5 Nene MacDonald 6 Jarryd Hayne 7 Ashley Taylor 8 Luke Douglas 9 Nathan Peats 10 Ryan James 11 John Zebelon Taia 12 Chris McQueen 13 Greg Bird. 14 Interchange: David Shillington 15 Leivaha Pulu 16 Agnatius Paasi 17 Cameron Cullen 18 Ryan Simpkins 20 Nathan Friend.
Gold Coast recruit Jarryd Hayne will make his return to the NRL in the Titans clash with the Warriors on Sunday.
Titans coach Neil Henry has confirmed Hayne will start off the bench for his new club in what will be his first NRL appearance since the 2014 season.
Hayne only joined the Titans on Wednesday but Henry says he’s confident the dual Dally M medallist is ready to go.
“It’s only natural that he’s not going to be up to speed straight away, that’s why we’ll try and limit his time on the field,” Henry said.
“Get him out there hopefully some time in the first half.”
Hayne is expected to play at five-eighth when he does come on with utility Cameron Cullen and former Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats to share the dummy-half role.
Peats will play after missing Monday’s dramatic 18-all draw with Cronulla due to a hamstring strain.
Already 24,000 tickets have been sold for the match with Cbus Super Stadium having a 27,600 capacity.
The match looms as a crucial one for both clubs with the seventh-placed Titans just one point clear of the eighth-placed Warriors.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change