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Wests Tigers v Titans Preview
NRL.com Wed, 7 Jul 2010 15:50
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Wests Tigers v Titans
Campbelltown Stadium
Friday 7.35pm

Things might get ugly in Sydney’s outer west on Friday night – but we don’t mean these sides will be engaging in a battle of the biff.

Rather, the Wests Tigers have made it clear they’ll do anything they can to win games, and if that means doing away with their flashy plays to grind out a win against the odds, then so be it.

That’s exactly what they delivered in shocking conditions at Suncorp Stadium last week against the Broncos, doing everything wrong and being on the wrong end of all the important statistics categories.

Nevertheless, they got out of jail courtesy of a Robbie Farah cross-field kick for Mitch Brown, which sealed their hollow victory in the 78th minute.

Even though they haven’t looked impressive for the past month or so, the Tigers have won five of their past six. They enter this game in third place on the ladder, four points adrift of the co-pacesetters St George Illawarra and Penrith.

The Titans are in a similar boat to their opponents; they have four losses from their past six outings, including a worrying 24-16 defeat to the Knights at home before their bye last week.

Personnel-wise, the Tigers gain a player and lose a player – Robert Lui returns in the no.7 after missing several weeks with a knee injury, pushing Daniel Fitzhenry to the bench. But “British bulldog” second-rower Gareth Ellis is out with a groin injury; his place is taken by Liam Fulton. Mark Flanagan and Junior Moors join the extended bench which also retains Mitch Brown and rookie Andrew Fifita.

The Titans have some injury disruptions although a huge plus for them is the return of skipper Scott Prince after two games on the sideline with a hamstring strain. This sees Preston Campbell revert back to fullback, with William Zillman shifting to wing to cover for the injured David Mead. Bodene Thompson slots in at centre in place of the injured Sam Tagataese. Luke O’Dwyer joins the bench at the expense of Kane Lawton, with ex-Bronco Steve Michaels in jersey no.19.

The Titans will be sweating on Origin reps Greg Bird and Ashley Harrison backing up.

Watch out Wests Tigers: It’s been a long time since the flamboyant Tigers have languished as far down as 11th in the comp for tries scored (47). Why are they suffering in 2010? Because it’s all revolving around Benji Marshall, and when you’ve only got the one go-to man, it’s easier for opposition defences to nullify raids.

The stats show Marshall is pulling his weight – his 12 line-break assists ranks him fourth in the comp while he’s also added 13 try assists. (Incidentally, he needs just one more try to register 50 in his career.)

But compare that to the Titans: Prince matches Marshall for line-break assists with 12 and has nine try assists (from just 10 games), while five-eighth Greg Bird has 11 line-break assists and 10 try assists. Bird is also one of the most prolific offloaders in the NRL (33, ranks fourth).

So the dangers for the Tigers are two-fold: Not enough internal spark and the need to shut down the opposition playmakers.

Watch out Titans: Wade McKinnon has played less than three games in the black and gold since shifting from the Warriors but has stamped himself the buy of 2010.

In just 210 minutes he’s averaging 18 runs for 163 metres – with more than five tackle-breaks a game. In their loss to the Dragons a fortnight ago he made 247 metres, with nine tackle-breaks.

McKinnon brings a great running game to complement fellow Tigers flier Lote Tuqiri, who has been in great form too. Tuqiri’s 81 tackle-breaks ranks sixth most in the comp and has helped him to the seventh most metres gained by any player (2000).

The Titans’ backs, already affected by the loss of Tagataese and Mead, need to hold their structure or else they’ll be made to pay.

Where it will be won: Keeping the foot to the pedal. For two sides occupying spots in the top four, neither is giving their fans cause for great celebrations.

The home side has a lacklustre +11 points differential, while the Titans have returned a woeful -7 differential.

Neither side has shown any great ability to put an opposition to the sword and often let their opponents back into the contest.

It’s about time one of these spluttering sides made a statement if they are to be considered premiership hopes.

The history: Played 5; Titans 3, Wests Tigers 2\. The Wests Tigers have won two of the past three times they’ve met, although the Titans won the only clash at Campbelltown Stadium between the sides.

The last time they met in Round 25 last year the Titans won 36-24 at Skilled Park.

Conclusion: The loss of Gareth Ellis is a huge one for the home side, who have relied on his starch up front all year. It means others, including Chris Heighington (222 hit-ups, seventh in the NRL), Liam Fulton and Todd Payten will need to take on added responsibility.

It’s a difficult game to predict with any sort of confidence. Intensity will be the critical factor; the Titans should play upbeat given Prince’s return but there’s no question the home side would have been delivered a no-holds-barred spray for their plodding display against the Broncos last week and should be a different side from the kick-off.

Maybe the Wests Tigers… just.

Match officials: Referees – Gavin Badger & Ashley Klein; Sideline Officials – Russel Turner & Phil Haines; Video Ref – Sean Hampstead.

Televised: Channel Nine – Live 7.30pm (Qld), delayed 9.30pm (NSW); Fox Sports – Delayed 1am.
 

izotope

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fair enough review.. nice little shot with the "hollow victory" though, obviously writer tipped broncs lol
 

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"the Tigers have won five of their past six. They enter this game in third place on the ladder, four points adrift of the co-pacesetters St George Illawarra and Penrith.

The Titans are in a similar boat to their opponents; they have four losses from their past six outings,

Tigers have **won** there last 5/6

Titans have **lost** there last 4/6.

Similar boat?

Get off the crack
 

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Not a bad review but staying tight in defence on Prince and Bird should go a long way to winning it.
 

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We will break the shackles this week. All we have missed in the last few weeks is a Halfback.

We are a 6 Try team and will start to show this from this week. I feel a genuine link will start to shine with Lui and Daniela over the next 3-4 weeks, forcing Defences to re-think how they attack Lawrence and Benji…

Go the Tigers!!!
 

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I'm still waiting for a consistent performance from our boys. Only once all year, against the eels have we managed to turn up properly. Ellis is a big blow but it just means we need input from all our forwards who are capable. The return of Flanagan and more minutes out of Fulton should ensure defensively we can cover Gareth. Lui back is a major plus, even if only for allowing Benji to have a more natural half option beside him. I'm thinking Farah and Lawrence might have big nights….hope i'm right.
 

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Wade Mckinnon needs to run from kick returns with Tuqiri beside him. Length of the field tries…....
Hopefully Bird is battered and bruised.
 
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Sportal Preview: Wests Tigers v Titans
John Greco
VENUE & TIME: Campbelltown Sports Ground, Friday, July 9, 7.35pm (AEST)
COVERAGE: Channel 9
HEAD TO HEAD: Played 5, Tigers 2, Titans 3
LAST TIME: Titans 36-24 at Skilled Park, Rd 25, 2009

WALKING WOUNDED: The Tigers will be without backrower Gareth Ellis for at least the next two weeks after the Englishman picked up a groin injury in last week's win over the Broncos. Tim Sheens' side has been boosted by the return of halfback Robert Lui from a knee injury, allowing Benji Marshall to move back to his preferred five-eighth spot while Chris Lawrence shifts back to the centres. The Titans welcome back skipper and star playmaker Scott Prince from a hamstring injury but flying winger David Mead (ankle) and forward Sam Tagatese (shoulder) are still missing.

FORM: The Tigers looked down and out in the wet in Brisbane last weekend before conjuring a last-ditch try to Mitch Brown to snatch victory against the Broncos. It's the type of match they would never have won in recent years but it shows that Sheens' troops are a much more resilient bunch in 2010 and it's a major factor in why they have won four of their last five matches. Since the Titans joined the NRL in 2007 they have always started the season strongly before falling away at the back end of the year. Two wins in the last six weeks would suggest another late season fadeout could be on the cards and would be a worrying sign for coach John Cartwright.

WHO'S HOT: He might not being doing the right things to win over Blues selectors but Robbie Farah certainly has all the right moves for the Tigers. There's a perception the crafty No.9 isn't tough enough for Origin football but when the game has been on the line for the Tigers in recent weeks it's been Farah that has come up with vital play or last-ditch tackle. Preston Campbell may be the smallest players in the NRL but there's no one tougher than the livewire back. Campbell has done a great job in the halves covering for the absent Prince in recent weeks and expect him to lift his performance even more with the extra space he will be given on his return to fullback.

WE THINK: Both sides are locked together on 22 points on the competition ladder in third and fourth place respectively so there won't be much between the two sides on Friday night. With a host of clubs on their tails, victory is important for both teams to try and lock up a top-four berth and a home game in the finals. While the Titans look a much tougher proposition with Prince back on deck, it's the return of Lui that could be the most significant. It will take a little bit of the pressure off Marshall and Farah and if they do get a bit more space to move expect the Tigers outside backs to benefit. Tigers by 6.
 
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Laurie Daley's round 18 preview
Fox Sports commentator Laurie Daley offers his thoughts and predictions for round 18 of the NRL premiership.
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Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Friday 7.35pm (EST)

The Tigers have not been playing great but playing at home on Friday night and unaffected by Origin they should all be fresh and ready to go. The Titans are struggling away from home, they have been inconsistent and are leaking a lot of points. So I think the Tigers will get this one.
 

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I really don't think there's more than 40 points in this match. Their defense is struggling at the moment but we are struggling in attack.
 

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I love being Favourites I like being a winner ..stick it up them!
 
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Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans
GREG PRICHARD
July 8, 2010 - 5:30PM

Friday, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 7.35pm
Referees: Gavin Badger and Ashley Klein
Head to head: Titans 3, Tigers 2
Last clash: Titans 36-24 at Skilled Park (Rd 25, 2009)
TAB SportsBet: Tigers $1.60, Titans $2.30
FootyTab: Titan +2.5

If the Tigers are the real deal, then this is a game they should win at home. The Titans will be no pushover, but they haven't played as well as the Tigers have through the middle stages of the season and now they have to make the trip out to Campbelltown. It's not a proposition opposition teams look forward to. The last time the Tigers hosted a game there, they thrashed the Warriors 50-6 on a Friday night, in round 12, so the home team is certainly going to look forward to the experience.

The Tigers had to battle hard to beat a Broncos side that was minus its State of Origin stars last weekend. It was far from a classic win, but it was exactly the sort of game the Tigers would have lost in previous years. They have learned how to win when not playing well, which can only boost their confidence. The Titans had the bye last weekend, and in the round before that they lost at home to the Knights. The Titans have been more down than up recently, losing four of their last six games.
 

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@willow said:
Laurie Daley's round 18 preview
Fox Sports commentator Laurie Daley offers his thoughts and predictions for round 18 of the NRL premiership.
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Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans, Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Friday 7.35pm (EST)

The Tigers have not been playing great but playing at home on Friday night and unaffected by Origin they should all be fresh and ready to go. The Titans are struggling away from home, they have been inconsistent and are leaking a lot of points. So I think the Tigers will get this one.

Not much of a preview, more of a prediction.

He may as well of just said "the Tigers will win".
 
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