Record: 11 Wins, 13 Losses
Ladder Position: 9th
Player of the Year: Mitchell Moses
The Tiger’s season was extremely promising after many predicted the young side to struggle and even contest for the wooden spoon. They competed admirably for the majority of the season and were easily deserving of their position on the ladder.
They do have a long way to go before they will challenge for the premiership though. Their vulnerability was highlighted by their 2016 record against the Raiders where they were outscored 112-16 across two games.
If it wasn’t for a losing streak early in the season the Tigers could have easily made the top eight after a strong finish.
The most promising signs for the team were:
-Mitchell Moses emerging as a top-tier half in the competition
– James Tedesco continuing his incredible form
– Their over-achieving forward pack which, despite being touted as the worst by far at the beginning of the season, managed to roll over some of the strongest packs in the competition.
– The team flourishing without marquee player, Robbie Farah.
– Jacob Liddle only played one game but he seemed like he could easily compete for the top hooking spot with Farah, Cherrington, and Halatau gone.
With Farah officially gone, and a bit of cap space opened up, the future looks bright for this team.
2017 GAINS AND LOSSES
Gains: Matt McIlwrick
Losses: Josh Addo-carr, Jack Buchanan, Manaia Cherrington, Josh Drinkwater, Robbie Farah, Asipeli Fine, Dene Halatau, Lamar Liolevave, Billy McConnachie, Jesse Parahi