Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wests Tigers regained the title of wooden spoon favourites when they lost to the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and found them back on the bottom of the ladder.
Following the Tigers loss to the Sharks the Gold Coast Titans defeated the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in a huge upset that saw Brett Kimmorley’s side finish the round in 16th.
While this was an unenviable position for the Tigers to be in it was still very possible for them to once again get off the bottom.
However, on Saturday night the Tigers suffered their biggest defeat as a joint venture when the Sydney Roosters decimated them 72-6 and all but dashed their hopes of finishing higher than last.
The Titans then lost to the St George Illawarra Dragons but the pressure was off them by this point.
Earlier today The Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield appeared on The Big Sports Breakfast and believes that the Tigers have simply given up.
“In my view the Wests Tigers gave up on their season, they gave up, they let Luciano Leilua go, they let David Nofoaluma go, to a lesser extent they let Oliver Gildart go,” Rothfield said.
“That was a sign to me they gave up on their season, they really did, I know Tim Sheens looks at it that it is short-term pain that relieves the salary cap and allow them to do more with their money next year.
“I would have felt sick if I was a Wests Tigers fan watching Leilua and Nofoaluma score tries for Cowboys and Storm, celebrating with their new teammates.”
On Sunday the Tigers will host the Dragons in a game that they will not be favoured to win but could cause an upset in before taking on the Canberra Raiders in the final round of the season at Leichhardt Oval where the Raiders could be playing for a spot in the top eight and will by no means be easy to beat.
If the Tigers do win the wooden spoon it will be their first since the Balmain Tigers and Western Suburbs Magpies merged in 2000.