It’s shaping as a highly intriguing last month of football for the club’s NRL and Intrust Super Premiership sides as they look to secure a finals berth in 2018.
A determined 25-16 win over the Newcastle Knights in Round 21 has kept Ivan Cleary’s side in the hunt for a finals finish with four games remaining in the regular season. Heading in to Round 22, they sit just two wins behind the Cronulla Sharks (6th), Brisbane Broncos (7th) and New Zealand Warriors (8th).
Meanwhile, in the Intrust Super Premiership competition, Western Suburbs look on track to secure a top eight spot with just three games left in the regular season but there’s still a hefty fight on in terms of positions. The Magpies currently sit just two points off the second-placed St. George Dragons but down in sixth position, with the New Zealand Warriors (7th) and Wyong Roos (8th) just two points behind them.
Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg side cannot make finals football, currently sitting in 12th spot on the ladder. With potentials finals spots on the line, it’s certainly going to be fascinating last few weeks of the regular season for both the NRL and Intrust Super Premiership boys as they look to feature in September footy!
A win over the Knights kept the flame alive for Wests Tigers, but with the New Zealand Warriors scraping home against the Dragons on the weekend, it’s looking like the side will probably need to win all four games left this year if they are to make the finals. Sitting in ninth position, Wests Tigers are four points behind the Sharks, Broncos and Warriors, who all have a number of tough games in the run home.
For Wests Tigers, Sunday’s clash against the Raiders in Canberra is shaping as a tough one given the recent one-sided history between the two teams. Injuries to both sides will bring about a number of changes to the sides that played back in Round 15, but whoever does take the field will need to be at their best to down a Green Machine simply playing for pride this year after surrendering another lead in last weekend’s loss.
Looking at the teams ahead of them, the Sharks face off against the Storm in Melbourne, the Broncos face local rivals the Cowboys in Townsville and the Warriors return to Mount Smart to face the Knights.