Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since round two the West’s Tigers have held the dishonourable title of favourites to win the wooden spoon and nothing has changed following their loss to the Gold Coast Titans last Thursday night.
In what many are calling “the worst NRL game ever”, the Tigers lost their fourth game of the season 8-6 in what was nearly the first tryless game since 1993.
This was a hard game to watch as both sides were poor in many areas with the Tigers making 13 errors, a stat that in most games would not be beaten but on this occasion it was as the Titans made 16 mistakes.
However, the biggest area of concern for the Tigers was their discipline, giving away ten penalties throughout the game.
When the scores were tied at two a piece for a good portion of the second half it became obvious that the only way we’d get a winner in this game would be through an opposition mistake which is exactly what happened and on three occasions no less.
The first two mistakes were made by the Titans when they gave away penalties in front of their try line that allowed Tigers halfback Luke Brooks to kick two goals that put his side ahead by four, and of course, the third mistake came when Billy Walters lost possession of the ball in the Tigers’ in-goal area allowing AJ Brimson to score in the final stages of the game which directly resulted in a Titans win.
It is also important to mention that in the opening minutes of the game Tigers centre Oliver Gildart had a try disallowed that fans believe should have been awarded or at least been determined by the Bunker.
After four games the Tigers remain the only winless side in the NRL games with all other teams besides the Panthers having at least won and lost a game.
The coming weeks are going to be brutal for Michael Maguire’s men as they face three quality sides.
On Sunday afternoon they travel to Cronulla to face the fourth-placed Sharks, followed by their traditional Easter Monday clash with the Eels who are currently on a three game-winning run and then they host last season’s runners up the South Sydney Rabbitohs.