Wests Tigers vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog
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Wests Tigers Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 17 June, 2012
|Leichhardt Oval, NSW|
|Roosters 42 defeated Wests Tigers 28|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: R Turner & S Carrall|
The Wests Tigers are gunning for their eighth consecutive victory when they clash against the struggling Sydney Roosters at Leichhardt Oval. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.
After a horrific start to season 2012, the Tigers have become arguably the form team in the NRL and will be heavily favoured to beat a Roosters side coming off four straight losses.
The Roosters were ordinary against Brisbane last week, fumbling their way to a heavy 40-22 loss at home against a Broncos side missing several Origin and Test players.
Although Sydney do welcome back NSW Origin halfback Mitchell Pearce today, it remains to be seen whether or not his inclusion will be enough to inspire Brian Smith’s men to an upset victory today against the Tigers.
The Tigers have rediscovered the attacking flair that makes them one of the most feared sides in the NRL.
Attacking stars Benji Marshall, Chris Lawrence, Beau Ryan and Lote Tuqiri are all in superb form at the moment and will tear a suspect Roosters defence to shreds out wide if their forwards can dominate play.
If the Roosters are to cause the upset, they must shut down Tigers captain Robbie Farah who is coming off a mammoth performance for NSW on Wednesday night.
After winning admiration for his high tackle count against Queensland just days ago, Farah will be full of confidence today, so expect the NSW hooker to torment the Roosters forwards with his slick passing and running game.
Roosters no.9 Jake Friend really has to stand up against Farah today. Friend is a very capable defender and one of the most improved players in the NRL, and will need to be at his best defensively if he is to keep Farah quite up the middle.
Another pressing concern for the Roosters remains their inability to maintain discipline. Sydney is the most penalised side in the NRL this season, and will need to improve their discipline tenfold if they are to keep the Tigers at bay.
Despite their recent below par performances, the Roosters remain a youthful side filled with enough potential to cause the Tigers problems this afternoon.
Pearce, Tautau Moga, Joseph Leilua, Boyd Cordner and Martin Kennedy are all gifted young players and at their best are capable of unsettling the Tigers upfront and out wide.
Despite the young talent on their roster, the Roosters are struggling for confidence at the moment and could be in for a long afternoon if the Tigers continue to showcase the form which has seen them win their last seven matches.
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