Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Wests Tigers have managed to consistently be the competition’s clear favourite for the wooden spoon since they put in a horrible performance against the Newcastle Knights in round two.
Since then they have predominantly put in poor performances and even partook in what many are calling the worst game of Rugby League ever against the Gold Coast Titans in round four.
However, the Tigers have finally put on a more than respectable performance against their Western Sydney rivals and premiership contenders the Parramatta Eels and they were rewarded with a win after Jackson Hastings slotted over a two-point field goal as the full-time siren went.
They have most certainly done enough to earn a break from being under the microscope, something that can’t be said about the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
Many had the Bulldogs in their top eight before a ball was kicked in 2022 due to their plethora of new signings but they are currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak after six rounds and have the worst for and against in the competition.
Coach Trent Barrett has had his ability to perform in the top job question on a few occasions now and could be the first coach fired in 2022.
There is no denying that certain players at the club have put on some amazing individual performances but as a unit, the Bulldogs have been clunky and inconsistent to say the least.
We are yet to see the Bulldogs make less than 10 errors in a game since their high-quality performance against the Brisbane Broncos back in round two and have conceded an astonishing 112 points in their last three games only managing to score 28 points themselves during that time.
It was announced last year that Gould would be joining the Bulldogs as their general manager this season and it is looking like he is going to have to make some big calls very soon if things don’t turn around soon.
Next week they take on Brisbane in a must-win game for both sides, although the Broncos are coming into this game looking a better side than the Bulldogs.