For the second year in a row, the Wests Tigers finished last season as the best team outside the final eight.
With Robbie Farah hanging up the boots in 2019 and Benji Marshall pushing 35 years of age, the Tigers need some new leaders to step up and take them forward.
Can the Westies edge their way into the top eight this time around? Let’s have a look at the latest odds for NRL 2020.
About the Wests Tigers
|Home grounds:||Campbelltown Stadium, Leichhardt Oval, Bankwest Stadium|
|Premierships:||One – 2005|
|2019 ladder finish:||Ninth (11-13)|
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Updated Wests Tigers futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
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- The Tigers showed plenty of grunt and discipline throughout the 2019 season, but they lacked the all-round class of the eight teams that finished above them. Don’t expect a lot to change this year.
- Wests fell a point short of eighth place last season and should feel disappointed to have missed the finals. If new signings Adam Doueihi, Joey Leilua and Billy Walters find their feet quickly, the Tigers could surprise a few and climb a rung or two this year.
- Luke Brooks ran third in the 2018 Dally M Medal count, so the Wests halfback is well worth a look. The lack of realistic alternatives in the Tigers camp only strengthens his claim.
2020 Wests Tigers draw
|1||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Sunday, March 15||6:15pm|
|2||Newcastle Knights||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, March 22||4:05pm|
|3||Canterbury Bulldogs||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, March 29||4:05pm|
|4||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, April 4||3pm|
|5||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Monday, April 14||4:05pm|
|6||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, April 19||4:05pm|
|7||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Friday, April 24||6pm|
|8||Cronulla Sharks||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 1||6pm|
|9||Canberra Raiders||Scully Park||Saturday, May 9||5:30pm|
|10||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, May 17||4:05pm|
|11||Manly Sea Eagles||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, May 23||5:30pm|
|13||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, June 7||4:05pm|
|14||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, June 12||7:55pm|
|15||St George Illawarra Dragons||Bankwest Stadium||Thursday, June 25||7:50pm|
|16||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Friday, July 3||7:55pm|
|17||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, July 11||7:35pm|
|18||Sydney Roosters||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, July 17||7:55pm|
|19||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Sunday, July 26||4:05pm|
|20||Cronulla Sharks||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, August 2||2:05pm|
|21||Brisbane Broncos||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, August 9||4:05pm|
|22||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 16||4:05pm|
|23||Gold Coast Titans||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, August 23||2:05pm|
|24||Canterbury Bulldogs||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, August 29||3pm|
|25||North Queensland Cowboys||Leichhardt Oval||Friday, September 4||6pm|
Wests players to watch in 2020
Doueihi did an excellent job at fullback for South Sydney last season, but where will he line up at his new club? Preseason predictions suggest the versatile recruit will team up with Joey Leilua in a new-look centres pairing.
Mbye is renowned as a jack of all trades, but can he nail down one position and make it his own? With Robbie Farah calling it quits last year, the Wests captain is expected to fill the critical no.9 role.
Despite some significant comings and goings in the off-season, it looks like the Tigers will start 2020 with an unchanged halves pairing. Can Brooks do enough to catch the eye of the NSW selectors?
Wests Tigers records and stats
- Most games: 277 – Robbie Farah
Most career points: 1,144* – Benji Marshall
Most career tries: 84* – Chris Lawrence
Most points in a season: 308 – Brett Hodgson (2005)
Most tries in a season: 21 – Taniela Tuiaka (2009)
- Most wins in a season: 15 (2010, 2011)
Fewest wins in a season: Seven (2002, 2003, 2013, 2017)
Most consecutive wins: Nine (2011)
Most consecutive losses: Seven (2013, 2017)
Biggest winning margin: 54-2 (vs. Bulldogs, 2005)
Biggest losing margin: 0-64 (vs. Storm, 2001)
- There were 22 first-grade teams when the Super League and the ARL merged at the end of the 1997 season. In a bid to keep the fixture list manageable, the newly formed NRL announced it would scale back the division to 14 teams by 2000. As some of those places were reserved for new interstate franchises, several of Sydney’s traditional teams were forced to sacrifice their heritage for the sake of survival.
Balmain and Western Suburbs were two of NSW Rugby League’s nine foundation clubs. The Tigers were a powerhouse of Sydney first-grade footy, winning 11 premierships between 1908 and 1969. Wests won all of their four flags before the 1960s. Both clubs were starved of success by the time the ’90s rolled around, which made them prime candidates for exclusion from a national comp.
It soon became apparent that a merger was the only way to go. The Tigers fielded offers from several teams, including the Parramatta Eels and the now-defunct Gold Coast Chargers. Meanwhile, clubs such as Penrith and Canterbury viewed the Magpies as an easy way to boost their supporter bases in Sydney’s western suburbs. Both Balmain and Wests recognised those proposals for what they were: predatory buyouts.
Instead, the two clubs pooled their resources to create a genuine joint-venture partnership. Wests Tigers debuted in 2000 and broke the twin curses of Balmain and Western Suburbs in 2005, when they blasted their way from the bottom of the ladder to the flag in one of the most memorable premiership campaigns in rugby league history.
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