Weekly Notebook: Round 3 vs. Rabbitohs

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Weekly Notebook: Round 3 vs. Rabbitohs

Post by Geo. » Fri 20 Mar, 2015 4:58 pm

Weekly Notebook: Round 3 vs. Rabbitohs

Words & Video: Dan Talintyre (@dantalintyre)

Fri 20th March, 04:19PM
Wests Tigers will look to create Club history when they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs this Sunday by making it three wins in a row to start the season.

Having started the year with back-to-back wins over the Titans and Dragons, Jason Taylor’s side come into this week’s match against the defending premiers with plenty of confidence — something which they’ll definitely need against a side that’s won the NRL premiership, World Cup Challenge and Auckland Nines in the last six months.

Michael Maguire’s men have started the year in similarly impression fashion, with strong wins over the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters so far. They’ll be looking to consolidate their spot in the competition’s top four this weekend when they take on Wests Tigers — a match they lost in this corresponding fixture last year, 25-16.

That game saw a truly memorable encounter take place; Greg Inglis was knocked out in the opening minute by Tim Simona, before the centre snared himself a first-half double as Luke Brooks and James Tedesco ran rampage against Souths’ big men.

Veteran winger Pat Richards said this week that “there’s definitely been no doubt about what happened last year”, and while that might be the case, there’s no doubt that the confidence gained from winning the first two games of the year (a feat not achieved since 2008) will have Taylor’s side in the best possible position to upset the premiers.

Souths hold the wood over Wests Tigers in terms of recent results, with that win in Round 3 last year the only victory for the visitors in their last seven encounters. When they meet this Sunday, It’ll also be a staggering 199 days since South Sydney lost a rugby league match, with their last loss coming against the Roosters on September 4, 2014.

Wests Tigers Round 3 Fixtures

NRL — Sunday, March 22, 4:00pm at ANZ Stadium (vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs)

NYC — Sunday, March 22, 1:45pm at ANZ Stadium (vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs)

NSW Cup — Saturday, March 21, 3:00pm at Leichhardt Oval (vs. Canterbury Bulldogs)

What To Watch for This Week

1. Kick Pressure

Much has been made north of the border in regards to players pressuring other team’s playmakers and kickers, so it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out this weekend. Both Adam Reynolds and Luke Brooks have dominant kicking games and will be looking to control their opponents with their boot, so look for the likes of Chris McQueen and Sauaso Sue to leave their impact when chasing the kicker. It’s also worth noting how this applies too to both teams’ outside backs. We saw Joel Reddy spill a bomb that resulted directly in a try to the Roosters last week, and Kevin Naiqama diffuse several chances on Monday night as the Dragons tried to find Eto Nabuli. Look for both teams to have a strong kick chase and ensure there’s never a moments respite for their opponents.

2. Aaron Woods vs. George Burgess

Are there two more in-form front-rowers in the competition at the moment? Probably not. Both Burgess and Woods have been outstanding through the first two rounds of the year and it’ll be fascinating to see which player stands out more on Sunday. Woods has powered his way for 477 metres in his opening two games of the year, and his continued efforts to go forward have been instrumental in Wests Tigers winning the forward battle against the Titans and Dragons. And while he perhaps edges the Englishman in regards to his repeated efforts, Burgess mades up for it in his raw athleticism and power close to the line. It should be a great battle to watch unfold throughout the full 80 minutes.

3. The Fullback Factor

And if the prospect of two world-class forwards isn’t enough, the fullback factor on Sunday should also be fascinating to watch — as it was last week. Inglis’ effort from his own in-goal led to a spectacular try to Alex Johnston, while Tedesco’s 20-minute spell to set up three tries and score one himself was top-class too. The Souths’ captain is without doubt the benchmark when it comes to fullbacks these days, and it’ll be great to see whether Tedesco — who scored tries in both games against the Rabbitohs last year — can have as much of an influence as his Australian international opponent.

It’s a Big Week For — Jason Taylor

Coming up against his former Club for the first time, Jason Taylor will no doubt be keen to make an impact, but more so to show that his young side are capable of mixing it against the best in the competition. The new Coach has the potential to make Club history just three games in to his tenure — never has a Wests Tigers side started the year with three consecutive losses — which certainly would be a great start for JT. Taylor has said all week that the match isn’t necessarily about winning or losing, but rather, putting into practice the structures and systems that they’ve been working on all season. Having said that, though, who wouldn’t want the two points on offer, as well as the chance to take down the defending premiers?

They Said It

“We want to be remembered for what we create now. That’s what we’ve been doing. We’ve gotten off to a good start but it’s still early. We’ve been building each week and looking forward to doing it again this weekend. We want to compete and be strong; we don’t just want them to roll over the top of us. We’re not here to make up the numbers; we want to put in a good performance and see where we’re at…” — Kevin Naiqama


Follow the action across all Wests Tigers social media accounts on Saturday with the hashtag #WTLive. Click here to follow the Club on Twitter for all live scores and commentary.

We’re also LIVE STREAMING Saturday’s NSW Cup game from 3:00pm, so tune in and support the boys as they look to make it three wins from as many matches in 2015!

Watch live at www.weststigers.com.au/video/livestream (or click here).

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