Tyson Otto 4pm 10.9.20
Not like this. Not like this.
Benji Marshall’s fairytale farewell from the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval has been shut down by the NRL.
The Wests Tigers confirmed on Thursday afternoon its plans to relocate its Round 20 home game to the iconic suburban venue has been pulled because of the league’s biosecurity fears.
The club statement revealed the plan was derailed because Leichhardt Oval would have been double booked with earlier junior league grand finals. on the same day.
Under advice from the NRL’s health experts, the league stopped the plan because it was impossible for the Tigers to transform the venue from local football oval to NRL venue in the space of a few hours.
“Both grounds are scheduled to host junior league Grand Finals on the weekend of Round 20, with biosecurity experts advising that there would be insufficient time to transform either ground from a junior league football venue to the standards required to meet the Apollo Protocols in time for the 7:30pm kick off,” the club statement claimed.
“With Junior League Grand Final Day scheduled on this date, Wests Tigers saw this as a potential opportunity for our club to showcase rugby league and connect with our Junior League clubs. With this in mind — and under the current strict biosecurity measures implemented by the NRL — the club was unable to get this initiative approved based on the increased level of high-risk for all involved.”