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Wests Tigers Vs. Melbourne
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 2 September, 2012
|Leichhardt Oval, NSW|
|Melbourne 26 defeated Wests Tigers 6|
|Referee: T Archer|
|Touch judges: J Younis & Adam Reid|
The Wests Tigers must beat the Melbourne Storm tonight and hope several other results go their way if they are to secure a top eight birth. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 7.30pm AEST.
There is plenty on the line tonight for both teams as the Tigers and Storm clash in what should be an entertaining encounter at Leichhardt Oval.
Melbourne were the latest team in season 2012 to win a match against all odds, securing a 20-18 win against Cronulla on Monday night after trailing by 8 points with less than three minutes remaining.
It was a win that highlighted the Storm’s terrific ability to win matches even when they are playing below their best.
Despite the win, coach Craig Bellamy knows that the Storm have a lot of improving to do if they are to consider themselves a big chance of winning the premiership.
The Tigers on the other hand did their best to kiss season 2012 goodbye after a horrendous showing against the Roosters last week.
In arguably their biggest game of the season, the Tigers failed to show up defensively and were comprehensively beaten by 24 points.
Now the Tigers must produce a massive form turnaround, and hope the Raiders lose badly tomorrow if they are to secure an unlikely place in the finals.
Although both teams have struggled to produce solid 80-minute performances over the past few weeks, there is a gulf in class between the Storm and the Tigers when it comes to attitude.
Melbourne was sloppy in possession against Cronulla on Monday night but still managed to hang on in defence against a Sharks side that was playing near its peak.
The Storm were eventually rewarded for their efforts with two late tries that saw them secure a remarkable victory.
The Tigers failed to defend their errors against the Roosters, conceding 26 first-half points due to some terrible defending up the middle and on the edges.
Given that the Tigers are at home tonight, expect Tim Sheens’ men to play with a lot more intensity with and without the football.
If the Tigers do show up, they are certainly capable of beating a Storm side that is yet to really peak into form, particularly if Robbie Farah is deemed fit to play.
With a top two finish all but secure for Melbourne, the Storm may struggle with their intensity tonight and this may just provide the Tigers with a window of opportunity to pounce.
Tigers by 6.
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