After round 2, the wooden spoon goes to…

14 Mar 23, 9:51AM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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The NRL has been back for two weeks and there are already teams that are standing out for all the wrong reasons.

Following round two there are still three clubs that are yet to win a game this season and each one of these clubs have shown glimpses that things could be set to get worse for them in 2023.

However, one team stands out above the rest and they are unfortunately all too familiar with the wooden spoon favourites tag as the 2022 wooden spooners the Wests Tigers are the team in focus.

Last year the Tigers had their worst season in club history when they finished last on the ladder but a returning super coach and multiple marquee signings had the orange and black faithful optimistic heading into their 2023 campaign, but after just two games the Tigers have already found themselves back on the bottom of the ladder and to make matters worse their opposition in the opening two rounds have not looked too good themselves.

In round one Tim Sheens side was on the losing end of a 22-10 scoreline against the Gold Coast Titans who went on to be dominated by the pre-season wooden spoon favourites for many the St George Illawarra Dragons last Sunday night.

A much better performance was expected from the Tigers in round two where they were once again at home, this time against the Newcastle Knights who heading into this round were the bookies favourite to finish last and coming off a loss against the New Zealand Warriors, another contender for the spoon.

The Tigers did not put in a better performance though and neither did Newcastle but the Knights still managed to escape with a 14-12 victory.

Parramatta and Canberra are the other two sides yet to win a game in 2023 but the difference between those two sides and the Tigers is huge.

While the Eels and Raiders lost their opening two fixtures they did so in competitive fashion with both of their first two games of the season coming down to the wire following a gutsy effort as opposed to the Tigers who looked poor in round one and managed to lose to a horribly out of form side in round two, making them the obvious choice for wooden spoon favourites.

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