Wests Tigers host their first home game as new tenants of ANZ Stadium on Friday night when they face fellow Homebush residents South Sydney Rabbitohs. Both sides have opened the NRL season with a win and a draw and will be looking to build upon a promising start.
The game will come as a welcome distraction for the Tigers with off field dramas this week affecting the Balmain side of the joint venture. On the pitch, the opening two rounds have shown how good and how bad the Tigers can be in 2014. In the opening game they were thumped by the Dragons, but bounced back in style against Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.
Luke Brooks was in superb form against the Titans and Souths will need to get to grips with the teenager. Players like Brooks and James Tedesco look like they can bring back the flair that the Tigers are known for, but has been missing for the past two seasons. With Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway returning from injury they are also looking much more solid in the front row.
Souths have emerged from opening fixtures with both of the 2013 grand finalists with a win and a narrow loss. Chris McQueen is back from injury, while Lote Tuqiri and Joel Reddy will line up against their former club.
The Rabbitohs may well benefit from having had a full week between each of their games so far this season. The Tigers have had two days less to recover from playing in the afternoon heat in Queensland, something that may prove decisive in the latter stages of this contest
South Sydney ticketed members have access to this game, and non-ticketed members can also get 30% off entry by pre-purchasing. All pre–purchased tickets – including ticketed memberships – include free rail travel to and from ANZ Stadium.
Friday 21st March, ANZ Stadium Homebush 19:40
Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs