Tigers Set For Mauling

Source: Gregg Porteous/News Limited
Wests Tigers have had little to celebrate in 2013. Source: Gregg Porteous/News Limited
Last 5 Meetings

Round 25, 2012 – Sydney Roosters 44 d Wests Tigers 20 at Allianz Stadium
Round 15, 2012 - Sydney Roosters 42 d Wests Tigers 28 at Leichhardt Oval
Round 20, 2011 – Wests Tigers 19 d Sydney Roosters 12 at leichhardt oval
Round 4, 2011 - Sydney Roosters 24 d Wests Tigers 6 at Allianz Stadium
Qualifying Finals, 2010 - Sydney Roosters 19 d Wests Tigers 15 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22 
Tigers

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L

L

L

L

Roosters

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W

W

W

W


The Tigers  have had a tough time in 2013 –both on and off the field - and things aren’t likely to get any better when they face the Roosters  on Monday night. This is a mismatch of the highest order, with the Tigers stooping to new lows with their 26-22 defeat to bottom-placed Parramatta extending their losing run to five last week, while the Roosters scored a seventh straight win with their victory over Canberra.

There is some good news for Wests however, with fan favourite Lote Tuqiri set to play his first NRL match for a year after returning from injury in the NSW Cup last week. He replaces Marika Koroibete on the right flank after Koroibete was ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing his cheekbone against the Eels. Robbie Farah is still missing as he continues to recover from a thumb injury, while Masada Iosefa, Shaun Spence and Matt Bell have all been named on an extended interchange bench.

The Roosters have made just one change to the side that beat the Raiders in round 22, with Sonny Bill Williams returning from suspension in place of injured second-rower Boyd Cordner. The New South Wales backrower broke his ankle against Canberra last weekend and is unlikely to return to action this season.


1st Tryscorer

Remarkably, David Nofoaluma  is the joint top tryscorer for Wests this season despite having played just 11 matches. The young flyer has touched down eight times in 2013 and has bagged the first four pointer of the match in three of his past seven outings.

Michael Jennings  has been back to his brilliant best during the current campaign, bagging 14 tries to be the leading tryscorer for his club. He got a double against the Raiders in round 22 and will be licking his lips at the prospect of coming up against a defensive unit that has conceded an average of more than 30 points a match recently.


Prediction

The fact that 14 places separate these teams on the ladder tells you everything you need to know about this matchup. The Roosters have won six of the past seven meetings between these sides and put 86 points on the Tigers in two meetings last year. Sydney Roosters by 30

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