I know it’s long but trust me you will enjoy it.
The 2014 NRL schedule was released in close to precision time this morning by the NRL. The 2014 schedule is now live and fans will no doubt begin playing out in their heads how the season will unfold. Some of the key points to come from Wests Tigers schedule include:
3 Sunday afternoon games at spiritual home Leichhardt Oval; v Manly, Gold Coast, Penrith.
A Rd 11 match up with Brisbane at Campbelltown Stadium which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the inaugural fixture back in 2000.
Wests Tigers will play 6 Sydney clubs twice in 2014, St George Illawarra, Canterbury, Manly, Sydney Roosters, Souths and Cronulla.
Wests Tigers have byes in Rd 12 and Rd 15.
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Month by Month break down;
MARCH - v Dragons (A), Titans (A), Souths (H), Warriors (A)
March starts us off with a very winnable fixture away to the rebuilding Dragons, followed by a tricky and likely warm fixture on the Gold Coast. Round 3 gives us our first home game against fellow ANZ tenants Souths before rounding off the month in Wellington, NZ and a meeting with the Warriors.
Early Predictions: Tigers 1-3: Tigers win the opener before a tight loss to the Titans. Tigers then prove no match for Souths before struggling to go with the Warriors.
APRIL - v Manly (H), Nth Qld (H), Parramatta (A), Titans (H)
April starts with our first Leichhardt fixture v Manly on a Sunday arvo. It will be tough! Following that the Tigers venture to their other home, Campbelltown Stadium, to play the Cowboys. Following that a meeting with battling Parramatta before rounding out the month at Leichhardt once more and a second meeting with the Titans in 7 weeks.
Early Prediction: Tigers 4-4 (3-1 for April) : April proves happier for the Tigers with a tight loss to the Eagles before again out smarting the Cowboys for a much needed win. Further wins versus the struggling Eels and a Titans side unable to finish the Tigers off on the road improve fortunes for the season.
MAY - Roosters (A), Cronulla (A), Brisbane (H), BYE
May starts in daunting fashion away to the rising premiers the Roosters. Following that the first of two grudge matches versus the Sharks, this one at Remondis Stadium. Round 11 sees us host a likely Origin affected Broncos side at Campbelltown stadium before ending the month with a BYE.
Early Prediction: Tigers 5-6 (1-2 for May): May sees the Tigers slip back under .500 on the win/loss ratio. The Roosters prove too powerful and the experience of the Sharks sees them grab the home win. The Tigers do score a May win against a rudderless Broncos outfit hurt by Origin,
JUNE - Newcastle (A), Souths (A), BYE, Canberra (H)
June starts with a tough away trip to the Hunter and the Knights on a Sunday afternoon. Following that Origin 2 is likely to rob Souths of some Stars when we visit on a Friday night prior to Origin 2. After that Wests Tigers get their second bye before ending the month at home to the Raiders.
Early Prediction: 7-7 (2-1 for June): The Tigers go 2-1 for June, starting with a surprise victory in the Hunter. Souths though remind the Tigers of their place with a comfortable win. Following the BYE though the Tigers get back to winning ways with a tight win out at Campbelltown versus the Raiders.
JULY - Penrith (H), Manly (A), Canterbury (H), Dragons (H)
July appears a crucial month for the Tigers. 3 winnable games at home and a tough road trip to Brookie. We play the Panthers leading into Origin and any Origin reps will have little time for recovery when we travel to Manly just 2 days later. Home clashes with the Bulldogs and Dragons follow.
Early Prediction: 9-9 (2-2 for July) I’m going safe here, 2-2. We knock off the Panthers at home before struggling to wear down the Eagles at fortress Brookie. We fair little better a week later versus the Bulldogs but restore order with a tight win versus the Dragons.
AUGUST - Melbourne (H), Nth Qld (A), Roosters (H), Bulldogs (A), Canberra (A),
August shapes as REAL difficult. Could make or break our season. Our home games v Storm, Roosters are tough. Our away games not much easier. We’ll need to be at our best if we’re to win any of these games.
Early Prediction: 10-13 (1-4 for August); August all but ends our finals hopes. It’s a horror month. We push the Storm at home before being outdone by a JT masterclass in Townsville. The Roosters a week later only adds to the bad month before keeping our slim hopes alive with a win versus the Bulldogs. Canberra though make it almost impossible for the Tigers when they snag the home win.
SEPTEMBER - Cronulla (H)
The Tigers finish the season strongly with a home win versus the Sharks. This improves their record to 11-13 for the season. However, 26 pts will not make the 8.
by Peter Dickinson.