Embattled Tigers to turn on the style
WESTS Tigers are desperate to restore lost pride when they host NRL premiership leaders Melbourne Storm at their spiritual home ground at Leichhardt Oval this Sunday.
Heavy losses to Penrith and Canberra in recent weeks have tarnished the club’s positive 2017 campaign start that featured a comprehensive 34-18 round one victory over rivals South Sydney.
With interim Head Coach Andrew Webster at the helm, following the sacking of Jason Taylor, the unpredictable Tigers have plenty to play for when they tussle with Cameron Smith’s enterprising crew.
Stand by for big games from the Tigers big four of prop Aaron Woods, superstar fullback James Tedesco and halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks plus crowd favourite David Nofoaluma with his bumping runs down the flank.
Coach Webster will also be seeking a more passionate and committed effort from his forwards in what shapes as a huge challenge against the powerful Storm six.
In the corresponding match last season the Tigers suffered a heart-breaking 19-18 golden point loss to Melbourne after Cooper Cronk slotted a long distance winning field goal in a Leichhardt Oval thriller.
Tigers’ fans want to see more of the attacking class of Tedesco, Moses, Brooks and Nofoaluma while all eyes will be on former Tigers flyer Josh Addo-Carr who has quickly made an impact in the Storm backline this season.
The clash between World Cup-winning Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater and heir apparent Tedesco will leave rugby league fans yearning for more.
Both are two of the most dynamic custodians of the modern era and genuine excitement machines that can turn a match with their electrifying speed and agility.
In the curtain raiser, the Tigers’ U/20 Holden Cup team is chasing its second win of the 2017 season when the cubs lock horns with Melbourne at 1.45pm.