2019 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers taking place? Friday 5th April, 10:05

Where is Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers taking place? Panthers Stadium

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for Penrith Panthers vs Wests Tigers?
Penrith Panthers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500014

Wests Tigers – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500023

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Whare, Blake, D. Watene-Zelezniak, Maloney, Cleary, Tamou, Katoa, Campbell-Gillard, Kikau, Yeo, Fisher-Harris – Interchanges: Egan, Winterstein, Leota, Sele – Reserves: Martin, Grant, Luai, M. Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Tyrone May, Sam McKendry

  • Penrith were on the end of a hammering by Melbourne last week as they failed to cross the try line in a heavy defeat by the Storm, condemning the Panthers to a 2-32 loss at Carrington Park.

  • Ivan Cleary has looked to his pack in the wake of that reverse and made several changes as a result but one of those is a welcome one as Viliame Kikau lines up for his first appearance of the season in the second-row.

  • He is joined by Isaah Yeo with James Fisher-Harris reverting to lock whilst Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been promoted to the run-on side which sees Moses Leota, Hame Sele and Frank Winterstein all having to settle for spots on the bench.

WESTS TIGERS

Head Coach: Michael Maguire

Starting 13: Mbye, Fonua, Jennings, Marsters, Thompson, Reynolds, Brooks, Matulino, Farah, Twal, Matterson, Garner, Taylor – Interchanges: Packer, Mikaele, Aloiai, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Momirovski, Eisenhuth, Rochow, McQueen

Unavailable: David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence, Benji Marhsall

  • Wests Tigers’ impressive start to the season ground to a stern halt after his side were on the end of a humbling defeat against wooden spoon favourites Canterbury Bulldogs in a poor display last week.

  • Despite that loss, head coach Michael Maguire has resisted the urge to make sweeping changes to his side and, other than one enforced change, he has stood by those players that let him down last week.

  • The enforced change sees Benji Marshall replaced by Josh Reynolds, who comes in at five-eighth for his first appearance of the season, needing to prove his worth to the side after finding game-time difficult to come by.

THE PREDICTION

Both Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers suffered humbling defeats last week and will be looking for a big reaction here. The Panthers have yet to really get going this season and will hope a return to Panthers Stadium can be the catalyst for it kick-starting. One man that might be able to push them in the right direction is destructive back-rower Viliame Kikau, making his first appearance of the year, whose presence should lift the Panthers enough to edge this contest.