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ROUND THREE BLOCKBUSTER SET TO ROCK SFS
By Wayne Cousins
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
It is the blockbuster match everyone is talking about and come this Friday night, the only place to be is at the Sydney Football Stadium when the Wests Tigers clash with the Parramatta Eels in round three of the Telstra Premiership.
A lot of the hype surrounding the match dates back to the classic round 24 contest last season when the Eels snuck home against the Wests Tigers at the same venue on the back of some Jarryd Hayne individual brilliance in front of more than 30,000 fans. Wests Tigers’ own wizard Benji Marshall was also on song that night.
The loss all but ended the Wests Tigers season while history now shows the Eels enjoyed a golden run to the grand final before being beaten by a top class Melbourne Storm outfit.
To many Wests Tigers people, from players, officials and members, it was a hard pill to swallow knowing that the Eels’ charge to the finals could have been theirs.
The two fierce rivals will go head to head this Friday night again. The Eels are on a high after their stunning come from behind win over Manly last Sunday – something Wests Tigers also did on a Monday night in round one. The victory will ensure the Eels army of supporters will be out in force, also knowing that their team has dominated over the Wests Tigers in recent seasons.
Wests Tigers will be looking to redeem themselves after a poor showing in the round two loss to the Sydney Roosters at the SFS last Sunday. Leading 12-0 early, Wests Tigers collapsed – partially due to the hot conditions – as the Roosters dominated the game.
It was a performance Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens hopes he won’t see again this season from his men, who will no doubt be fired up against their bitter rivals in what officials are hoping will be another bumper crowd.
Kick-off at the Sydney Football Stadium is 7.30pm. The Toyota Cup match starts at 5.20pm.
Wests Tigers v Parramatta
HEAD TO HEAD
Played 20, Parramatta 14, Wests Tigers 5, Drawn 1
AT SYDNEY FOOTBALL STADIUM
Played 1, Parramatta 1, Wests Tigers 0
LAST 8 CLASHES
2009 - PARRAMATTA 26 d. WESTS TIGERS 18 at Sydney Football Stadium;
WESTS TIGERS 23 d. PARRAMATTA 6 at Parramatta Stadium.
2008 - PARRAMATTA 40 d. WESTS TIGERS 12 at Parramatta Stadium;
PARRAMATTA 44 d. WESTS TIGERS 6 at ANZ Stadium.
2007 - PARRAMATTA 38 d. WESTS TIGERS 8 at ANZ Stadium;
PARRAMATTA 22 d. WESTS TIGERS 20 at Parramatta Stadium.
2006 - PARRAMATTA 34 d. WESTS TIGERS 6 at ANZ Stadium;
PARRAMATTA 28 d. WESTS TIGERS 16 at Parramatta Stadium.
Biggest Head-To-Head Wins
WESTS TIGERS 33 d. PARRAMATTA 6 at Leichhardt Oval, 2004.
PARRAMATTA 66 d. WESTS TIGERS 12 at Leichhardt Oval, 2001.
I can’t pick the winner. It all hinges on what team Sheens names IMO.
i think there our bogey side
Cannot wait for this one, gonna be huge.
If we can limit Haynes impact as Dragons did we should be able to get the 2 points.
We will win!
We will win!
A win would be nice though I’m not expecting it. Some teams just don’t beat some teams. We beat the Sharks and have a good record against the Cowboys and Roosters of late (last week, an exception). We struggle against the Eels, Panthers and the now Titans.
The players though need to think they are a good chance of winning. Complete the sets, make the tackles. Boring footy may be the answer to beating them. Don’t beat yourself when your playing a team you struggle against.
wow, brown at fullback and a bench boasting ooths of intimidation :deadhorse:
they always seem to play themselves into form when we play them - hopefully they can wait another week, its a must win game for us even this early in the season :sign: