Album: Rd 11 - Tigers Vs Warriors Preview!
Wests Tigers vs Warriors<br /> Leichhardt Oval<br /> Friday 7:45pm<br /> <br /> It's 8th vs 9th and the Warriors once again grace Friday Night Football, and aren't we all salivating at the prospect. Ray Warren will be looking over the names on our team sheet with sheer terror, while we'll get to hear Gus ramble on about suburban grounds and Benji Marshall. In all seriousness though, I don't think the NRL could have booked a better game in this Origin/Bye hit weekend - and who could forget the last time we traveled to Sydney to play the Tigers? Krisnan Inu hasn't forgotten, though it seems he has been...<br /> <br /> Recent Form: Both these teams come into this one on the back of some good recent form. The Tigers have won their past three, while the Warriors notched up their first back-to-back wins of the season last weekend. Having said that, the Tigers’ wins came over the bottom three teams in the competition, and were a bee's dick away from a loss to the Titans two weeks ago. I feel the bye will have been a positive for Sheens and his men in a season that has not at all gone to plan. Still, a win is a win and they've built some much needed momentum.<br /> <br /> The Warriors by contrast have had three bruising encounters against quality sides, and will have to cope with a short turnaround and another trip to Sydney. I was at Mt Smart on Saturday, and while happy to walk away with the two points, I remain worried about our defence. Fullback issues aside, we're leaking far too many points - only the Eels have conceded more! I wasn't at all confident watching us defend inside our 'red zone', and I felt the Roosters forwards again got one up on our pack. <br /> <br /> Players to Watch: State of Origin has been kind to the Warriors, with no players being rested this weekend. Konrad Hurrell's name has been popular in league circles this week, and it isn't hard to see why. The Kondom rampaged his way to a double last weekend, and showed real pace to outrun Minichiello. A great prospect no doubt - I'd still like to see him oc