Wests Tigers vs Penrith Panthers: NRL live scores, blog
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Wests Tigers Vs. Penrith
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 15 July, 2012
|Campbelltown Stadium, NSW|
|Wests Tigers 26 defeated Penrith 18|
|Referee: G Badger|
|Touch judges: Adam Reid & Grant Atkins|
The Wests Tigers have lost their past three matches but have a great opportunity to resume their winning ways when they host struggling rivals the Penrith Panthers. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEST.
After storming into finals contention on the back of seven straight wins, the Tigers have once again hit a wall and need to beat Penrith tonight if they are to keep pace with the top eight.
Ironically, it was victory over the Panthers in round 7 that kick-started the Tigers seven match winning streak and Tim Sheens’ men will be hoping that another win over Penrith tonight will ignite some winning momentum.
The Tigers hopes will undoubtedly be boosted tonight by the return of captain Robbie Farah, who missed last week’s loss to the Bulldogs due to concussion.
Penrith on the other hand have once again had to overcome a tumultuous week which saw club favourite Luke Lewis declare that he will be leaving the Panthers at season’s end.
The Panthers have also lost their past four matches and will have their backs firmly against the wall tonight if they allow the Tigers to score early points.
Possible wet conditions could be the only saving grace for the Panthers tonight.
The Tigers can struggle to grind out a win in tough conditions and may find it difficult to dominate play against a strong Panthers pack.
If conditions are wet and slippery, the Panthers will fancy their chances of dominating the Tigers upfront, particularly with Tim Grant and Sam McKendry in strong form.
If McKendry and Grant play well, Luke Walsh will be able to dictate proceedings with his solid kicking game, thus keeping the Tigers on the back foot.
The Panthers can also ill-afford to let the Tigers race out to an early lead. Playing at home, the Tigers are terrific front runners and could easily run away with this contest if playmakers Benji Marshall and Farah are allowed to wreck havoc with the football.
With Penrith’s season virtually over, a fast start from the Tigers here could very well see them notch up a big win, and with a finals spot on the line, they should be favoured to play with enough intensity to secure a good victory.
Tigers by 14