Wests Tigers go up against New Zealand Warriors on Friday for a place in the NRL Preliminary Finals.
The Tigers put in a superb second half performance last Friday when they defeated reigning Premiers St George Illawarra Dragons 21-12 at the ANZ Stadium.
Benji Marshall, Liam Fulton and Chris Heighington were in spectacular form for the Tigers as they came from 12-6 down at the break to keep the Dragons scoreless in the second period.
The Warriors, on the other hand, were totally outclassed by a rampant Brisbane Broncos side at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Darren Lockyer ensured his last ever game at Suncorp ended in victory as he helped his side to a 40-10 success meaning the Warriors will have to pick themselves up if they want to remain in the hunt for a Grand Final place.
The Tigers welcome back Chris Lawrence in the centres in a bid to boost their back line, while Marshall, Robbie Farah, Tim Moltzen and Robert Lui will all feature and have been an important cog in Tigers’ recent upturn of form.
The Warriors have been forced into one change in the centres with Lewis Brown expected to fill the void left by Joel Moon who has suffered a broken leg in the defeat against the Broncos.
The winner of this encounter will go through to the Preliminary Finals against Minor Premiers Melbourne Storm, with the season coming to an end for the loser.
The Tigers are overwhelming favourites to win this play-off clash and can be backed at 1.34A$ with Luxbet
, while the Warriors are on offer at 3.35.
Line handicap betting sees the Tigers -8.5 available at 1.92, while the Warriors +8.5 can be backed at the same price. Wests can also be backed at 3.30 to pick up a 19 points or more victory, while New Zealand Warriors are 10.00 to sneak home by 7-12 points.
First try score options for this play-off clash include Lote Tuqiri (8.00), Beau Ryan (9.00) and Chris Lawrence (11.00) for the Tigers, while Manu Vatuvei (8.00), Bill Tupou (9.00) and Krisnan Inu (12.00) are always dangerous with ball in hand for the Warriors.
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