Luckless Tigers Out For Redemption

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Robbie Farah is the key to the Tigers getting their season back on track. Image courtesy of

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Tigers v Bulldogs

ANZ Stadium

Sunday July 20 – 3:05 PM (AEST)




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It’s almost over for the Wests Tigers. If the boys from Leichhardt can’t start stringing some wins together over the next month, they can kiss their season goodbye. Last week against Manly they were atrocious in the opposition's 20, ruining almost every chance they had when close to the line. The Canterbury Bulldogs have become the team to tough out a win. They aren’t winning games on flashy attack, but instead, they're winning them on rock solid defence. Against Melbourne last week, they showed once again that defence wins games.

For the past three seasons, the Tigers have been plagued by injuries. Either something needs to be done surrounding their conditioning or they should bury that broken mirror. First, they lost utility Tim Moltzen in pre-season training. Then a string of injuries continued throughout the year. Now David Nofoaluma can be added to an injury which includes James Tedesco, Braith Anasta and Corey Paterson. Also, let’s not forget Liam Fulton retired mid-season after a series of concussions. Keith Lulia shifts to the wing to cover for Nofoaluma, with Tim Simona named in the centres. Bodene Thompson returns to the second row after serving his suspension, with Dene Halatau dropped to the bench. Sauaso Sue has been named as 18th man.

The Doggies of the 80’s are back. Not since Terry Lamb’s days has a Bulldogs team been so tough and gritty. Back then, the Dogs were known for their defence and out-muscling teams. This year, it’s the same thing. The Dogs are proving that no matter what teams throw at them, they can shut you down at the drop of a hat. Mitch Brown is becoming a man in demand. Throughout his career, the former Sharks and Tigers player has failed to tie down a regular position - playing in the centres, on the wing and even in the back row. But he's repeatedly stated fullback is his preferred position. An injury to starting fullback Sam Perrett has opened the door for Brown, and he is taking it with both hands. A stand out last week against the Storm, his desperation in defence was the difference in the end. With the Doggies open about looking for a fullback next year, namely Wallabies centre Kurtley Beale, Brown might get poached at the end of the season. Josh Morris returns after Origin duty, pushing Drury Low back to an extended bench. Dale Finucane starts in the second row with Tim Browne relegated to the interchange.

These two will meet twice in the last eight rounds. The Doggies have all the momentum heading into Sunday's clash, and the Tigers are performing well below par. All that can be said is good luck Tigers.

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