West Tigers vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog
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Wests Tigers Vs. Warriors
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 18 May, 2012
|Leichhardt Oval, NSW|
|Wests Tigers 24 defeated Warriors 22|
|Referee: T Archer|
|Touch judges: J Walsh & Adam Reid|
Both the West Tigers and New Zealand Warriors will be looking to extend their winning runs when they clash on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7.45pm AEST.
The West Tigers have been on one hell of rollercoaster ride to begin the season. The pre-season competition favourites have proved the bookies wrong so far this season and have struggled for any constintency.
Who would have thought at the conclusion of round six, the Tigers would only have had one win on the board?
Since round six a three-match winning run has certainly helped matters, but their form still suggests they will struggle to compete against the better sides in the competition.
Gold Coast, Parramatta and Penrith are three teams that most sides won’t have too much trouble with this season but the fact that the Tigers beat both Gold Coast and Parramatta by only one point proves plenty of work is required if they are to live up to their pre-season favourites tag.
A win against the New Zealand Warriors will prove some doubters wrong but they will have to do it without their skipper and creative lynchpin, Robbie Farah, who is on Origin duty.
Tom Humble, who has played at fullback and five-eighth this season, will take over from Farah’s dummy half responsibilities with hooker Pat Politini added to the bench to share the hooking duties with Humble.
Similiarly like the West Tigers, the New Zealand Warriors have not yet shown the promise to that of what was expected by many this season.
Their recent performances against the Sydney Roosters and especially the Brisbane Broncos have shown glimpses to suggest they are close to fulfilling their potential, but consistency remains the key problem considering their struggles away from Mt Smart Stadium.
If the likes of Russell Packer and Ben Matulino can lay a strong platform, the big bopping forward pack of the Warriors should overpower the rather lightweight Tigers pack.
Unlike the Tigers, the Warriors have no players selected for Origin and will be looking at this game as a great chance to bag two points against a side missing one of their most pivotal players.
Will the big pack of the Warriors muscle their way to victory of will the Tigers put on a show for the Leichhardt faithful? Join us from 7.45pm AEST for live score updates and commentary on our blog and be sure to give us your opinion in the space below if you are watching.