Wests Tigers return to Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon as they host Gold Coast Titans, and they will look to build on their big win on Easter Monday against Parramatta. The momentum generated by snatching the points in front of 50,000 fans at ANZ Stadium will have the Tigers on a high as they come back to their intimate spiritual home, where the atmosphere will be equally electric.
2014 feels like a new era for the Tigers. Whereas 18 months ago you could not imagine them without Benji Marshall, now you will not find anyone suggesting that bringing him back would be anything other than a backward step. Mick Potter is putting together a good squad of young players – Curtis Sironen being the latest to commit his future to the club.
Potter is also getting more out of experienced players whom some had written off, with Adam Blair and Braith Anasta contributing more in 2014 than in previous campaigns. Even the loss of key players like fullback James Tedesco and skipper Robbie Farah has not derailed the Tigers’ charge.
The Titans relinquished top spot on the NRL ladder with a loss to Penrith on Monday. They somehow managed to won five of their opening six games despite leading the charts for missed tackles, errors and penalties conceded. They are also at the foot of the charts for line breaks.
These stats show that Jon Cartwright’s men are capable of grinding out a result, although on a bad day it can get the better of them – as evidenced by the Tigers handing them a 42-12 thrashing earlier in the season.
Sunday 27th April, Leichhardt Oval 15:00
Wests Tigers v Gold Coast Titans