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NRL Round 9: Tigers v Titans
This is a tough one to price up, because both teams had very contrasting Round 8 performances.
Wests had a tough, gritty win over the Dragons at their home ground. You could see from the emotion shown by the players at full time that this Wests squad is definitely working hard and playing as a unit.
A great solo try to Joey Leilua, a strong game by the halves and a dominant defensive effort from the forwards should all give Wests fans a reason to be optimistic heading into this weekend.
I like that Liddle has been brought back into the first grade squad. His form in the NSW Cup has been out of this world and he is far too good a player to be playing reserve grade.
As for the Titans, they welcome back Big Tino…which could not come soon enough for Coach Hollbrook. There were already plenty of doubts about the Titans defence before last weekend, but the Titans have now conceded 112 points in their last 3 games.
While the Titans have no trouble scoring points, the loss of Thompson out wide is a big blow. The little dynamo is terrific at making metres and finishing off his chances, while Fifita was also well contained last weekend.
It is also worth noting just how soft the Titans draw has been to date. The only top 5 team they have played is Souths, whereas Wests have had to play Souths, Eels and Roosters.
At Campbelltown and off the back of a morale boosting win, I thought Wests would be a little shorter here and I like the +4.5 on offer.
Predicted score Wests 22 – Titans 22
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