The Warriors and Tigers will go head to head on Sunday at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney. Both teams have had a very disappointing season and will be looking to end it with a win and gain back some dignity. Tigers are sitting at 15th on the ladder while the Warriors are 13th.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a tragic season, the Warriors performed well last week until the remaining minutes where they allowed Manly to get back into the game and eventually win with a field goal in golden point. Both teams performance was roughly of the same standard which made for an extremely close and exciting finish to the game. The Warriors defence and attack was strong and they played with passion – which had been lacking in previous games towards the end of the season. The warriors could have easily won the game but ultimately Manly wanted it more and it all came down to field goals in the end. The Tigers lost to the Cowboys last week who also managed to get back into the game in the last few minutes and steal the win from the home team.
The Tigers were leading at halftime but it was a slow 40 minutes as neither side dominated due to constant errors that killed the chance of either team gaining momentum. The Tigers maintained their lead until the 60th minute when the Cowboys steam rolled over them with multiple tries to secure the win.The Tigers attack was strong throughout the match but the Cowboys defence proved too much for them which was the deciding factor of the second half as the Tigers only managed to score once.
Although their position on the ladder does not show it, the Tigers have played some good footy in the last few games against top teams. They beat the Manly Sea Eagles as well as putting up a tough fight till the very end against the Roosters and Cowboys. If the Tigers can play to this standard on Sunday, it is very unlikely the Warriors will have a chance against a team who is playing to the standard of top-eight teams. On the other hand, the Warriors showed new strength last week with the return of Shaun Johnson from injury. The entire team performed well as they broke the line three times and five members of their backline all ran over 100m individually. The Tigers are notorious for missing tackles and have the worst rate in the competition – an average of 36 per game. If the warriors can capitalise off the Tigers shortcomings, they have a chance to end their season on a high.
Both teams are extremely unpredictable, therefore the game could easily go either way. Although, if I had to put money on a team it would be the Tigers due to the fact this will be an away game for the Kiwi side and they have only won once away from home this season. Although I’m backing the Tigers for this game, I don’t believe the Warriors will go down without a fight.
Tigers by 4
Sunday 3 September, 6.30pm at Leichhardt Oval
Tigers: 1. James Tedesco, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Esan Marsters, 4. Kevin Naiqama, 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Tuimoala Lolohea, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Elijah Taylor, 10. Tim Grant, 11. Joel Edwards, 12. Josh Aloiai, 13. Matt Eisenhuth. Interchange: 14. Alex Twal, 15. Sauaso Sue, 16. Bayley Sironen, 17. Jack Littlejohn, 18. Ava Seumanufagai, 19. Jeremy Marshall-King, 20. JJ Felise, 21. Watson Heleta
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-sheck 2. David Fusitua 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kieran Foran 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Ben Matulino 9. Issac Luke 10. Sam Lisone 11. Bunty Afoa 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering 14. Mafoa’aeata Hingano 15. Charlie Gubb 16. Isaiah Papalii 17. Jazz Tevaga 18. Charnze Nicoll-klokstad 20. Chris Satae 21. James Bell 22. Mason Lino