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Wests Tigers v Eels: Schick Preview

Post by willow » Thu 20 Jul, 2017 10:32 pm

Wests Tigers v Eels: Schick Preview

Thu 20 Jul, 2017, 12:00pm
By Alicia Newton‌, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com

Schick Hydro Preview: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels
ANZ Stadium
Sunday, 4pm

The 'battle of the west' is always a heated and passionate encounter but in 2017 it holds even greater significance: an important cause off the paddock and a mouthwatering new rivalry on it.

In conjunction with the NRL, both the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels have joined forces with the Thomas Kelly Foundation to use rugby league as a platform for raising awareness on an extremely important subject – suicide.

Sunday will be the first 'Stay Kind' day in Australia and both clubs will be playing for the inaugural trophy.

The clash on the field is expected to be a fiery one. Mitchell Moses takes on his old club for the first time up against former teammates and current housemates James Tedesco and Luke Brooks.

Moses's exit at Concord was a sour one and Wests Tigers supporters could be forgiven for feeling as though he jumped off the bus at a time when the side needed him the most.

There is no doubting the Eels have been the real beneficiaries out of the situation though, winning five from their last seven games with the 22-year-old in the No.7 jersey.

Parramatta are in a comfortable position on the Telstra Premiership ladder in seventh and if their winning form continues, could push for a top-four position with seven rounds remaining.

It hasn't been as smooth sailing for the Tigers, who after pushing clear of the Knights on the bottom of the table, couldn't back it up with a victory over the Sea Eagles on the weekend.

You just get the feeling with this one though that it won't matter where these two sides are on the ladder.

The Eels have been boosted by the return of Manu Ma'u from an ankle injury with Kenny Edwards shifting back to the bench.

For the Wests Tigers, they've lost Jacob Liddle to a shoulder injury and Sauaso Sue through suspension. Chris Lawrence moves into the starting back-row with Tim Grant and Michael Chee-Kam added to the bench. Matt McIlwrick will start in the No.9 jersey.

Why the Tigers can win: Without pointing out the obvious that the side will want to spoil Moses's return party, Ivan Cleary's men match it with Parramatta in possession, runs and metres gained this season and have been building in recent weeks for another strong performance. Their loss to the Sea Eagles on the weekend came down to a second-half slump after leading early, a real area where the side has struggled this season. Between the 40th and 70th minute they have conceded 37 tries compared to the Eels' 21 this season. If that can be matched on the weekend they're a chance because Brad Arthur's side traditionally like to lead from the front early – scoring 40 of their 54 tries before the 50th-minute mark in 2017.

Why the Eels can win: As mentioned the Eels are on par with Wests Tigers for yardage and possession, yet are eight positions higher on the Telstra Premiership ladder. Why? They've turned their territory into points and are finding ways to grind out games. In a competition where fundamentals are key, the Eels aren't fantastic but they're giving themselves every chance of competing by holding the ball and making their tackles. They rank behind Melbourne and St George Illawarra in the top eight for least missed and have scored 11 extra tries over their opposition on the back the fourth best error rate in the Telstra Premiership after 19 rounds.

The history: Played 34, Wests Tigers 14, Eels 19, Drawn 1. Parramatta hold an overall record over the Wests Tigers and have won three of their last four between the two including their Easter Monday victory back in Round 7. Semi Radradra has scored four tries from four games against the joint venture and 17 from 19 overall at ANZ Stadium. Eels teammate Bevan French has 25 tries from 25 games in the Telstra Premiership, but he is yet to get over the line against the Wests Tigers.

What are the odds: Nearly twice as many individual bets have been placed on Parramatta, however 50 per cent more money is with the Wests Tigers in Sportsbet's head-to-head market. Punters clearly think the Tigers' price is generous, and they're backing them at the line as well. Latest odds at sportsbet.com.au.

Match officials: Referee: Adam Gee; Assistant referee: Chris Sutton; Touch judges: Rohan Best and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski; Review Officials: Luke Patten and Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Channel 9 and Fox League – Live from 4:00pm.

NRL.com predicts: The Tigers showed plenty of fight against Manly and will be up for the challenge of Moses' return early, however whether they can go with Parramatta for the entire 80 minutes is what leaves us asking questions. With a top-four finish still in sight, the visitors cannot afford to lose this one and you get the feeling Moses may lift in front of the Tigers faithful. Despite sitting in seventh position, Parramatta isn't that far off the Wests Tigers in the statistical aspect of the game, but should get home just same. Eels by 8.

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Post by jirskyr » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 11:24 am

How simple a game is rugby league? We are fairly even with Eels for most attacking stats, but they are way ahead of us on the ladder because they hold the ball more and miss less tackles.

Complete your sets, make tackles and the wins come. Special tactics are great and people keep talking about the coach's tactics, but until we stop making 35 missed tackles per game we won't win squat.

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Post by westTAHger » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 5:18 pm

Eels by 8 ppfffttt....

Nah wests tigers by 7, and we all know this week the final score will be... :idea:

wests tigers 25
eels 18.

:pray: :deadhorse: :roll:
Basil, our rescue dog, is wondering when wests tigers will win 25 - 18 :D

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Post by Geo. » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 5:27 pm

Maybe..Wests Tigers need to shut down/ get up and in the faces the Parra halves at every opportunity....Don't let Parra dominate, get physical, and try and keep it up for entire 80 min.....When the game gets fiery, as it will, match them with aggro, if someone ends up in sin bin so be it...
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
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Post by colmcd » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 6:11 pm

jirskyr wrote:
Fri 21 Jul, 2017 11:24 am
How simple a game is rugby league? We are fairly even with Eels for most attacking stats, but they are way ahead of us on the ladder because they hold the ball more and miss less tackles.

Complete your sets, make tackles and the wins come. Special tactics are great and people keep talking about the coach's tactics, but until we stop making 35 missed tackles per game we won't win squat.
Isn't that Sheen's coaching to a tee. He got the special plays right, he came up with the most sneaky, brillant tactics on the field.

But the simple stuff was wrong.

We would score from our own 20 but not when we were within the opposition's 20. I watched us loose a game to the Broncos 18-0.(around 2009).. it was so incredibly exciting because the ball literally travelled from our 10 to the Broncos 10, back to ours, back to theirs. Almost score, oops drop ball. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. It was the most exciting game I have ever watched and most of our games were like that all year.

Simple stuff wrong, dropped balls everywhere. Brillance, utter brillance on occasions to stuff it up at simple moments.

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Post by WT2K » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 8:14 pm

WT by 14
No more plodders!

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