The Tigers will be the red hot favourites coming into this Saturday night match with a streak that has reached 7 coming up against a streak that is equal in magnitude but opposite in direction. The Tigers are now on the longest streak of any club in the comp after the Storm’s run of 12 was brought to a screeching halt last Friday. So does this mean that the Tigers are the new favourites for the comp? Not quite, but they can secure 4th spot coming into the finals if they get a win here.
The Tigers have dominated the Sharks recently with only 1 loss to the boys from the Shite…. I mean Shire… same thing. At Toyota Stadium (where this is played) the Tigers have won 6 and lost 2.
The Sharks are one of a few teams that are no chance of making the 8 or being awarded the wooden spoon. They were a chance of making the finals at one stage but 7 losses in a row really kills your chances of making the finals.
The Tigers will need to be wary of an ambush in this one though as the Shire dwellers are celebrating Paul Gallen’s 200th game for the club at the top level. Gallen is still an outside chance of winning the Dally M as well; he will need 3 points and all other top runners to get none if he is any chance at all.
So with 7 in a row the Tigers will need to match the Storm’s feat of 12 in a row to win the Grand Final. A couple of months ago it would be very hard to believe that the Tigers could be in the position they are in. Watching them week in week out has led me to believe that they are true title contenders. What sold me was their impressive wins over the Dragons and the Eagles. Both of these matches were losable, but they managed to stay in the game and get over the line.
So with some quality opposition in the run of 7 is there any chance of the Sharks winning? Well it’s Rugby League and there is always a chance if you are fielding 17 on 17, but the chances are very very slim.
Benji has been in some of the finest form of his career and it was an absolute pleasure to witness some of his antics on Monday night. With Benji playing as he is it will be hard for anyone to get the better of him.
Normally about 22 points is enough to get a team over the line in a game of NRL. The Tigers have taken it a step further over the last 3 weeks and have managed to win by a MARGIN of over 20 points in this string of 3. This is very impressive and their momentum only looks like it is increasing. Tigers will win 13+.
The Tigers are actually paying better than the Dragons here and you can get on them for $1.25 H2H. The big win is a certainty and is almost double your input @ $1.97, well worth the investment.