Sunday’s second NRL Round 22 match is between Wests Tigers and Nth Queensland Cowboys. The opening bounce is set to commence at 16:05 local time with the game to be played at Leichhardt Oval. The home team Wests Tigers are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Wests Tigers and Nth Queensland Cowboys.
When: 16:05 | Sunday 07/08/2016
Where: Leichhardt Oval
Tip: Wests Tigers at $3.25
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Mitch Moses at $26.00
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Jordan Rankin 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Jackson Littlejohn 8 Aaron Woods 9 Dene Halatau 10 Sauaso Jesse Sue 11 Joshua Aloiai 12 Christopher Lawrence 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Kyle Lovett 15 Avagalu Seumanufagai 16 Tim Grant 17 Joel Edwards 18 Michael Chee Kam.
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Javid Bowen 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Ray Thompson 8 Matt Scott 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Atalani Asiata 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant.
Mitchell Moses is the man to take premiers North Queensland head on in the absence of Luke Brooks as Wests Tigers battle to stay in the finals hunt, the rookie playmaker’s teammates say.
Moses starred in the Tigers win over Parramatta last weekend, after Brooks went off with a knee injury that will sideline him for up to five weeks.
Five-eighth Moses also led the Tigers to a round one victory over the Warriors, when halfback Brooks was absent through suspension.
Tigers prop Tim Grant said Moses will embrace the extra responsibility in Sunday’s round 22 NRL clash with the premiers at Leichhardt Oval.
“It will be a change without Luke but Mitch Moses is definitely hitting his straps,” Grant said
“When Brooksy went off the field on the weekend he really stood up and gave (stand-in pivot) Chris Lawrence the ability to play in the halves but also run like a backrower as well.
“I’m sure Mitch will do a great job this weekend and take the pressure of whoever is there next to him.”
Tigers three-quarter Kevin Naiqama said Moses’ calmness was his greatest asset.
“In regards to Mitch taking over in attack it is more responsibility on him but we didn’t panic without Luke,” he said.
“It affects Mitch more than it does us because he has to carry the role of the halfback and the five-eighth.
“He likes that, he did it in round one when Brooksy was out and he enjoyed it. Every time it is asked of him he definitely turns up and does what is asked of him.”
Retiring hooker Dene Halatau said the clash with North Queensland is another opportunity to for Moses to develop.
“Mitch has been great. (There’s) no doubt his form just keeps getting better and better,” he said.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change