The Tigers head into the play-off eliminator on the back of a heavy defeat to St Helens, but Monaghan is anticipating a backlash.
“They’ve got some quality players and it looks like I’ll be up against my old mate from back home in Justin Carney,” he said.
“He’s a quality player and he’s been one of their best this year. He’s a good fella as well, and a mate of mine.
“It should be good, and to be both playing in the semi-finals should be pretty special.
“I played with him for about five years in Canberra. I speak to him a couple of times a week.
“It’s good to see him doing well. He had a few injuries back home, including a real serious leg break, so it’s good to see him over here killing it.
“I can’t wait.”
Mongahan also expects the Tigers to be fired up after a few weeks of poor form.
“They’re obviously struggling a bit for form, but I think at their home ground they’re a different beast,” he said.
“It’s got the makings of a great game. Both teams like to attack, and hopefully we can get out there and get the job done.
“I think after a few weeks they were a surprise package, but they’ve been consistently doing well so they’re no longer that.
“They’re a well-coached, high-quality team, so they’ll bounce back from their performance at the weekend.
“They really gave it to us when we played them at theirs over the Easter break – personally, I think that was the most embarrassing performance of our year.
“Hopefully we can go there and right that this week.”