Wests Tigers were much improved in 2018, winning 12 games to finish as the best of the eight teams that missed finals.
Can the Pie-gers edge their way into the top eight this time around? Let’s have a look at the latest odds for NRL 2019.
About the Wests Tigers
|Home grounds:||Campbelltown Stadium, Leichhardt Oval, ANZ Stadium|
|Captains:||Benji Marshall, Josh Reynolds, Elijah Taylor, Chris Lawrence, Russell Packer|
|Premierships:||One – 2005|
|2018 ladder finish:||Ninth (12-12)|
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Updated Wests Tigers futures odds
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Wooden Spoon||Dally M Odds|
|Feb||$26||$2.60||$9||L Brooks $26|
Best Wests Tigers bets for NRL 2018
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Wests, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- If bloody Richmond can win a flag, why can’t Wests? The glaring difference between the two Tigers teams is that the AFL premiers did not start 2017 as favourites for the wooden spoon. Don’t even bother putting a speculative tenner on the orange and black, as online bookmakers are paying way unders for a Leicester City situation.
- St George Illawarra stunned everybody last year when they bolted to the top of the table. Although the Dragons ended up missing finals by one lousy game, they showed that the gap between rock bottom and the edge of the eight is not all that wide. This is one market where Wests loom as an outside chance to generate some real value.
- Wests are among the favourites to finish dead last in 2018, but they could have plenty of competition for the wooden spoon. Teams like the Gold Coast Titans, NZ Warriors and Canterbury Bulldogs are all capable of consistently dreadful footy. There is also the issue of the Manly Sea Eagles and their salary cap breaches, although bookies are likely to exclude them from the market if they have points deducted.
2018 Wests Tigers draw
|1||Sydney Roosters||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, March 10||4:30pm|
|2||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, March 17||7:35pm|
|3||Brisbane Broncos||Campbelltown Stadium||Friday, March 23||8:05pm|
|4||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Monday, April 2||4pm|
|5||Melbourne Storm||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, April 7||3pm|
|6||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland||Sunday, April 15||4:10pm|
|7||Newcastle Knights||Scully Park||Saturday, April 21||5:30pm|
|8||Parramatta Eels||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, April 29||4:10pm|
|9||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Saturday, May 5||5:30pm|
|10||North Queensland Cowboys||Leichhardt Oval||Thursday, May 10||7:50pm|
|11||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Thursday, May 17||7:50pm|
|12||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Sunday, May 27||4:10pm|
|13||Sydney Roosters||Allianz Stadium||Sunday, June 3||4:10pm|
|14||Cronulla Sharks||Southern Cross Stadium||Sunday, June 10||2pm|
|15||Canberra Raiders||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, June 17||4:10pm|
|16||Gold Coast Titans||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, July 1||2pm|
|18||St George Illawarra Dragons||Jubilee Oval||Sunday, July 15||4:10pm|
|19||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Saturday, July 21||5:30pm|
|20||Canterbury Bulldogs||ANZ Stadium||Friday, July 27||7:50pm|
|21||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Friday, August 3||6pm|
|22||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 12||2pm|
|23||St George Illawarra Dragons||Leichhardt Oval||Saturday, August 18||5:30pm|
|24||Manly Sea Eagles||Campbelltown Stadium||Thursday, August 23||7:50pm|
|25||South Sydney Rabbitohs||ANZ Stadium||Thursday, August 30||7:50pm|
Wests players to watch in 2018
The Tigers have risked plenty in luring Reynolds from Canterbury on a four-year contract. The experienced five-eighth turns 29 this year, so fans will expect an immediate return on investment once he passes fit.
Position: Five-eighth, halfback
At long last, Benji has come home. The versatile Kiwi played a huge part in the Tigers’ 2005 premiership and could be equally important in keeping them out of the cellar in 2018. The early signs are very promising.
Position: Fullback, winger
Thompson returns to the NRL after two solid seasons with the Widnes Vikings in the UK. Originally recruited for squad depth, the Queenslander has worked his way into the best 13 after an impressive pre-season.
Wests Tigers records and stats
- Most games: 247 – Robbie Farah
Most career points: 1118* – Benji Marshall
Most career tries: 76* – Chris Lawrence and Benji Marshall
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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