In their most impressive performance of the year the Tigers dominated the more fancied Bulldogs last week, scoring nine tries in their 46 – 18 win.
It was a very encouraging performance from the young West Tigers side that played an exciting and attacking brand of football.
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The victory will be a good shot in the arm for the side heading into the final quarter of the season and give their young players plenty of confidence in their ability to match it with the best.
It was a much needed win too, only their fourth since round 7, the same round they also last recorded back-to-back wins so another good effort here, to consolidate last week’s win and continue the momentum derived from it, is important.
Obviously Coach Mick Potter is not going to change a side that worked so well last week with the only inclusion being Dene Halatau to an extended bench.
The Dragons poor record when playing on Monday nights was extended earlier in the week when they were defeated 21 – 12 by Manly.
The Dragons were aiming for their fourth consecutive win but they just couldn’t match the well-drilled Manly side that targeted the right edge defensive pairing of Benji Marshall and Josh Duggan with plenty of success.
The Dragons too are going with the same side as last week with Shane Pumipi and Charly Runciman added to an extended bench.
After a few wins, it’ll be interesting to see how the Dragons respond after last week’s loss.
Like many around them on the table, a dropped game from here on will be detrimental to their final hopes and with the Roosters and Panthers waiting for them in the following fortnight, this is a must win for the Dragons.
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HEAD TO HEAD
When the two sides last met in the opening round of this year, it was the Dragons victorious 44 – 24, continuing a recent tradition of high-scoring games when these two sides meet.
Three of the last five have resulted in a Total Match Score of over 50.
They’ve taken it in turns of winning over the past three seasons and if that sequence is to continue, it’ll be the Tigers turn come Sunday.
After last week’s performance, it should give the Tigers the momentum to go on with it in what should be an open and attacking game.
Tigers: Mitchell Moses, Keith Lulia, Tim Simona, Chris Lawrence, Pat Richards, Blake Austin, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Curtis Sironen, Bodene Thompson, Adam Blair. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Martin Taupau, Dene Halatau, James Gavet, Sauaso Sue
Dragons: Adam Quinlan, Brett Morris, Josh Dugan, Gerard Beale, Jason Nightingale, Gareth Widdop, Benji Marshall, Ben Creagh, Mitch Rein, Michael Cooper, Leeson Ah Mau, Joel Thompson, Jack de Belin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Shane Pumipi, Will Matthews, Jack Stockwell, Nathan Green, Charly Runciman