I reckon we can beat all of those teams. We should beat souths, dragons, eels & bulldogs. Panthers at Campbelltown & Storm at Leichhardt too. Would be happy with at least 4-4
Agree that the first couple of months are crucial. Our start this year killed us. 2-8 after 10 rounds…
eels and storm?? doubtful unless they drop off from last year (ignoring eels’ points strip and decimation by injury)
I meant that playing storm at Leichhardt gives us a better chance than playing them in Melbourne
And yeah reckon Eels will be worse off next year without Foran, Gordon, Paulo (I know he left mid season but played when they beat us), possibly Semi
They have some weak spots but they have a dangerous pack with plenty of running impact and some try scoring backs in French and Semi. I’ve heard Arthur wants to run an 80 minute hooker this season so they’ll probably start out with something like:
1. Bevan French
2. Semi Radradra
3. Brad Takairangi
4. Michael Jennings
5. Josh Hoffman
6. Clint Gutherson
7. Corey Norman
8. Tim Mannah
9. Isaac De Gois
10. Nathan Brown
11. Manu Ma’u
12. Beau Scott
13. Tepai Moeroa
14. Siosaia Vave
15. Suaia Matagi
16. Kenny Edwards
17. Peni Terepo / David Gower
If they get a few injuries they’re a little light on depth in the forwards with Wicks and Paulo both gone. There will also be a lot of pressure on Corey Norman to perform.
The only team in the first nine games. that I’d put money on to be beaten by us is Saints.
And I wouldn’t be putting the house on that one
If 43% is a bad winning rate, would any of you guys happen to know all 16 clubs winning rate.
here you go
Most interesting thing about the win loss records is the start time for the season
See back in even the sixties the season didn’t start until April
how do we still get so many FTA games?
Because in spite of their disfunction, the Tigers remain one of Sydney’s most popular teams. We had the highest home ground gate in Sydney last year and I think only Souths have more members. We have twice Cronulla’s membership numbers, and they’re bouncing off a premiership.
Imagine if we actually started winning.
Sunday (July 30)
Titans v Wests Tigers, CBus Super Stadium (NINE), 4:00pm
Sunday (August 6)
Panthers v Wests Tigers, Pepper Stadium (NINE), 4pm
Sunday (August 13)
Wests Tigers v Sea Eagles, Leichhardt Oval (NINE), 4pm
Saturday (August 19)
Roosters v Wests Tigers, Allianz Stadium (FOX), 5:30pm
Friday (August 25)
Wests Tigers v Cowboys, Campbelltown Stadium (NINE), 7:50pm
Sunday (September 3)
Wests Tigers v Warriors, Leichhardt Oval (FOX), 6:30pm
*Yet to be confirmed by NRL…
With JT off contract that is probably not the first 6 weeks he was looking for.
Very tough start.
If he wins three of them they will probably offer him a contract extension!!!
First 3 weeks is usually a bit of a miss mash of results.
Probably not the draw he wanted but you live and die by the sword. But IMO it is good to play the top teams early cause i think they struggle against teams their supposed to beat - mental thing i guess, they play at their level.
I see it playing golf, you get a good player in a bad group and for the first 4 or 5 holes they play to the rest of the group and then start to pick up after that.
But my gut tells me that they may have already made a decision on JT and the job is his to lose?