After posting golden-point wins in the opening round, both St George/Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers were brought back to earth last weekend and will be keen to get back to winning ways tonight. We’ll have live commentary from the kick-off at 7.40pm AEDT.
The St George/Illawarra Dragons have been in the news all week with Beau Scott’s impending move to the Newcastle Knights instigating the usual “the sky is falling!” routine from some people within the media, while the club has also been linked to signing Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart.
It is probably not a bad thing for the Dragons though. After last weekends completely inept performance against the Bulldogs, the Dragons will be happy that the focus, at least for this week, is not all on their on field performances.
The West Tigers meanwhile are licking their wounds from a loss last week themselves. Their loss against Manly last Friday night had a lot of bad signs about it.
Their forwards were dominated all game and although the Dragons are not in the best of form, they still have a forward pack that can grind out a win when needed.
The Dragons really need to step up in this game. You get the feeling that is their record falls to one win and two losses, it is going to shatter the delicate confidence of the club.
Dragons fans are already in full panic mode. If they lose this game, we could see the club implode with self doubt.
As for the Tigers, they simply need to stand up in this game and prove they won’t be bullied by bigger, stronger forward packs.
Last weekend when they wanted too, the Sea Eagles rolled through the Tigers at will.
If that happens to the Tigers again tonight, it may be like blood in the water for other teams in the NRL.
It should be close to a sellout crowd at WIN Jubilee Stadium for what is yet another early season clash that will help line up the contenders from the pretenders.
Who makes it 2-1 after tonight? Join me, League Freak, at 7.40pm AEDT for my live blog of the game and if you’re watching, be sure to leave a comment in the space below!