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Wests Tigers vs Dolphins Tips - Tigers heavy favourites for victory

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Last updated: 18 Aug 2023
Jeremy Darke 18 Aug 2023
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  • Wests Tigers vs Dolphins predictions for Saturday's NRL game
  • The Tigers have scored over 26 points just once in 2023
  • Will the Tigers get a victory over the wounded Dolphins?
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Wests Tigers vs Dolphins Tips


Saturday’s NRL action will kick off at Commbank with the first-ever meeting between the Wests Tigers and the Dolphins. The newcomers have officially fallen out of finals contention and are suffering a mass of injuries, so the Tigers are favourites against their wounded opponents.

This game is a tough one, with the Dolphins starting as 8.5-point underdogs against the 17th-place Tigers. The Dolphins have performed their best when their backs have been against the wall in 2023, so I am taking them to cover the 8.5 points. 

The Tigers' 26.5 point team total is a little high for me considering they only surpassed that number once this season. Daine Laurie looked the goods in the six for the Tigers last week so I am backing him to score for the second week in a row.

  • The Dolphins have covered the line in 7 of 11 games when starting as 8.5 point or more underdogs, in 2023.
  • The Tigers have lost both matches when starting as the favourite in 2023.
  • The Tigers have scored over 26 points in just 5% of their games in 2023.
  • The Dolphins have allowed 3 tries in 2 games to opposing halves

Head to Head 


This is the first meeting between the Wests Tigers and the Dolphins.

Wests Tigers Form


The Wests Tigers once again showed plenty of character but without any reward against the Warriors in Waikato last week. 

The Tigers pushed their top-4 opponents right to the final whistle, going down 30-22 in the end after going into the break 16-12 down. 

The Tigers were resilient inside their defensive 20, deterring the majority of the 48 tackles they faced in their redzone, however, the workload took its toll.

The Tigers are now just one more loss away from securing the wooden spoon for the second year running.

Wests Tigers Team News


Tim Sheens has named the same 17 from the Tigers' loss to the Warriors last week.

Wests Tigers Team List


1. Jahream Bula
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Starford To'a
4. Asu Kepaoa
5. Junior Tupou
6. Daine Laurie
7. Luke Brooks
8. Stefano Utoikamanu
9. Api Koroisau
10. David Klemmer
11. Isaiah Papali’i
12. John Bateman
13. Fonua Pole

Interchange

14. Jake Simpkin
15. Alex Seyfarth
16. Alex Twal
17. Shawn Blore

Reserves

18. Justin Matamua
19. Aitasi James
20. Triston Reilly
21. Josh Feledy
​​​​​​​22. Kit Laulilii

Dolphins Form


The Dolphins' finals hopes have officially diminished after a lacklustre performance against the Roosters last week. 

The newcomers were never in the return match against Sydney, who they beat in round 1, and looked disjointed in both attack and defence.

The Dolphins have now lost four in a row and have still only managed one victory outside of QLD in 2023.

Dolphins Team News


Plenty of changes for the Dolphins this week, with a handful of ‘on the brink’ players getting their shot in first grade.

Kenny Bromwich, Connelly Lemuelu, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Jeremy Marshall-King and Ray Stone are out.

Euan Atkin, Jack Bostock, Robert Jennings, Harrison Graham and JJ Collins are the ins.

Dolphins Team List


1. Kodi Nikorima
2. Jamayne Isaako
3. Jack Bostock
4. Robert Jennings
5. Tesi Niu
6. Isaiya Katoa
7. Sean O’Sullivan 
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Harrison Graham
10. Herman Ese'ese
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Euan Aitken
13. Mark Nicholls

Interchange

14. JJ Collins
15. Josh Kerr
16. Anthony Milford
17. Jarrod Wallace

Reserves

18. Trai Fuller
19. Max Plath
20. Poasa Faamausili
21. Mason Teague

Verdict

This game is a tough one but I am a betting man and never back down from a challenge. The Dolphins to cover the 8.5 points as underdogs and the Tigers to score less than 27 points are my match bets. 

Daine Laurie is a danger for the Tigers and the Dolphins have conceded against opposing halves recently, so I am backing the five-eight for a try.
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