The Tigers scored a crucial win against the slumping Rabbitohs last week to stay one step ahead of a couple of teams they're jostling with for a top eight spot.

But they can't afford to pat themselves on the back with the Roosters waiting in the wings.

The Chooks have lost four of their past five games and need to rediscover their A-game heading into the finals, especially if they want to secure a top two finish.

The good news for Trent Robinson is that there's a good chance Luke Keary and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will be back in action on Friday night.

Match: Wests Tigers v Roosters

Round 16 -

Full Time
Wests Tigers

Home Team

Wests Tigers

Scored 16 points
Roosters

Away Team

Roosters

Scored 24 points

Venue: Bankwest Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Nine Network
  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS

The Rundown

Team news

Wests Tigers: Tom Mikaele starts at prop with Josh Aloiai moving to the bench in the Tigers' only late change. Chris McQueen and Oliver Clark dropped off the reserves list. Paul Momirovski replaces Maroons rep Moses Mbye at centre. Russell Packer and Josh Reynolds dropped out of the 21-man squad named on Tuesday. 

Roosters: Sam Verrils replaces Lachlan Lam on the becnh and Daniel Fifita dropped off the extended bench. Blues reps James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner are out while Luke Keary returns from concussion at five-eighth pushing Latrell Mitchell back to centre and Joseph Manu to fullback. Ryan Hall is back on the wing for Matt Ikuvalu (bench), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (hamstring) is back at prop alongside Zane Tetevano with Isaac Liu moving to lock and Nat Butcher to second row and Siosiua Taukeiaho out. Matt Ikuvalu and Drew Hutchison dropped off the reserves list on Thursday night.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Corey Thompson
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Robert Jennings
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Paul Momirovski
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Esan Marsters
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Brett Morris
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 David Nofoaluma
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Ryan Hall
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Benji Marshall
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Luke Brooks
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 15 Thomas Mikaele
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Robbie Farah
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Victor Radley
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Alex Twal
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Zane Tetevano
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ryan Matterson
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Nat Butcher
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Chris Lawrence
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Josh Aloiai
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Angus Crichton
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Jacob Liddle
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Elijah Taylor
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Chee-Kam
    Interchange for Roosters is number 21 Sam Verrills

Key match-up

Luke Brooks and Benji Marshall have a tough task on their hands against Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary, but it's in the forwards where Tigers backrowers Chris Lawrence and Ryan Matterson will be relishing the chance to shine against a Roosters team missing captain Boyd Cordner.

For the Tigers to win

Defence will have to be practised and preached all week after their 30-point thrashing from the Roosters in round eight. They got it right against the Chooks last year, winning 10-8 in their first meeting and narrowly losing 16-14 in their second clash. They kept the Bunnies to nine points last week and prevailed, but they might need to score a few more on Friday. Benji and Brooks need to get the offence firing.

For the Roosters to win

The Roosters haven't handled the Origin period as well as Trent Robinson would've hoped and they won't get any respite on Friday at Bankwest Stadium. They need to start getting back to their destructive ways in the forwards and completing sets at a higher rate. The Chooks will be focused on a good start, knowing the Tigers might start thinking it's round eight all over again and stray from the game plan.

Brett Kimmorley says

The Roosters may lose their Origin players but they still have Test players from other nations  playing. They’ll rely on Cooper Cronk to steer them around and supply a strong kicking game. Michael Chee-Kam was the star for the Wests Tigers again last week and I think they’ll be glad to be getting the Roosters this week. With some Benji and Robbie magic, I’m going for an upset here. Wests Tigers by 4

Stat Attack

Latrell Mitchell is the competition's leading point-scorer (141) with 10 tries, 50 goals and a field goal. James Tedesco is tops in tackle breaks (89) and ranks in the top five in line breaks (13). On the downside, the Chooks are among the worst offenders when it comes to making errors (180).

And another thing ...

His form might've dipped over the past month but Latrell Mitchell tormented the Tigers in the Roosters' crushing 42-12 win in round eight. Mitchell finished with a personal high of 26 points from a hat-trick of tries and seven goals. The Chooks' other try-scorers that day were Nat Butcher, Daniel Tupou, Luke Keary and Boyd Cordner.