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Melbourne Vs. Wests Tigers
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 8 June, 2012
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|Wests Tigers 10 defeated Melbourne 6|
|Referee: S Hayne|
|Touch judges: J Younis & Adam Reid|
The Wests Tigers have a great opportunity to extend their winning streak to seven matches when they clash against a weakened Melbourne Storm tonight at AAMI Park. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
The Tigers have rediscovered their attacking mojo as evidenced by last week’s thumping 40 nil victory over a hapless Raiders outfit.
Key stars Benji Marshall, Chris Lawrence, Lote Tuqiri, Robbie Farah and Beau Ryan shone in unison in attack as they put the green machine to the sword at Canberra stadium.
The Raiders were awful last week and the Tigers will have a much tougher time breaking down the Storm. However competitive they are, they will hurt when missing key players on to Origin duty.
Storm trio Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk will not take their place for Melbourne tonight, while the Tigers are missing captain Robbie Farah.
For the first time this season, we will see the Storm in action without their three superstars. It will be interesting to observe how well Melbourne play without the key Queenslanders.
English five-eighth Gareth Widdop will be responsible for igniting Melbourne’s attack, and is certainly capable of doing so given his form thus far in 2012.
Widdop has established himself as one of the NRL’s best five-eighth’s this season. His running game is exceptional so the Tigers will have to shut him down if they are to control Melbourne’s attack.
If Widdop is allowed to dominate from fullback with his passing and running game, Melbourne’s backline will cause trouble particularly if Matthew Duffie, Justin O’Neill, Will Chambers and Dane Nielson come into play.
The preceding players are among some of the best finishers in the NRL and will make the Tigers pay on the scoreboard if Tim Sheen’s men fail to stop Widdop from igniting the Storm’s attack.
If Widdop is kept quite however, Melbourne will struggle to create attacking opportunities, and the Tigers should have enough creativity in them to win this contest.
Despite missing Farah, the Tigers still possess Marshall, Lawrence, Tuqiri and Ryan who are all in great form at the moment.
With confidence currently sky high after six consecutive wins, the Tigers will chance their arm tonight and Melbourne may struggle to keep up on the scoreboard without the guidance and creativity of Slater, Smith and Cronk.
Despite missing the above trio, Melbourne will make the Tigers work extremely hard for a win tonight, and are capable of producing the upset. Tim Sheen’s men however have momentum and still possess enough class in their side to get home in a tight contest.
Tigers by 10
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