Sunday’s (28/06/2015) second NRL 2015 Round 16 match is between Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 16:00 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 Penrith Panthers.
When: 16:00 | Sunday 28/06/2015
Where: Leichhardt Oval
Tip: Wests Tigers at $1.73
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Pat Richards at $11.00
1 James Tedesco 2 Kevin Naiqama 3 Delouise Hoeter 4 Tim Simona 5 Pat Richards 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah (c) 10 Keith Galloway 11 Kyle Lovett 12 Chris Lawrence 13 Martin Taupau. Interchange: 14 Dene Halatau 15 Matthew Lodge 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Sauaso Sue 18 Brendan Santi.
1 Dallin Watene Zelezniak 2 Josh Mansour 3 Dean Whare 4 Waqa Blake 5 David Simmons 6 Jamie Soward 7 Peter Wallace (c) 8 Reagan Campell-Gillard 9 Apisai Koroisau 10 Nigel Plum 11 Isaah Yeo 12 Bryce Cartwright 13 Elijah Taylor. Interchange: 14 Lewis Brown 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Sam McKendry 17 Tyrone Peachey 23 Sika Manu.
Penrith’s injury crisis has worsened with hooker James Segeyaro ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee problem.
Scans on Monday revealed the No.9 had suffered a grade two medial ligament tear in his left knee and would be sidelined for an extended period of time.
He suffered the injury in the second half of Saturday’s 24-12 loss to Canterbury.
It was the news coach Ivan Cleary would have been dreading with his side’s injury ward bulging at the seems.
He joins Matt Moylan on the long-term injury list with the side’s star fullback not due back from an ankle injury for another two months.
Centre Jamal Idris’ season is over because of a knee injury while Josh Mansour (knee) and Brent Kite (leg) are expected back soon.
The Panthers have suffered regular disruptions to their spine this year with Segeyaro, Moylan, Jamie Soward and Peter Wallace all spending time on the sidelines.
The Panthers are 11th on the ladder – one win outside the eight – however have failed to gain traction this season because of consistent injuries.
At the round 15 point, they have used 28 players – the second most of any team, only behind the Warriors who have fielded 29.
Apisai Koroisau will step into the Panthers No.9 role for the next several weeks after he returned from a shoulder injury against the Bulldogs.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change