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The Wests Tigers finished the 2020 season in 11th position but had not been expected to play finals. A lot has changed since then, with several experienced players leaving and some big names coming in.
Can the Westies edge their way into the top eight this time around? Let’s have a look at the latest odds for NRL 2021.
|Home grounds:||Campbelltown Stadium, Leichhardt Oval, Bankwest Stadium|
|Premierships:||One – 2005|
|2020 ladder finish:||11th (7-13)|
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|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Top Tryscorer|
|Feb||$67||$3.75||D Nofoaluma $17|
|Mar||$67||$3.75||D Nofoaluma $17|
|Apr||$151||$8||D Nofoaluma $41|
|Jun||$151||$9||D Nofoaluma $81|
|Jul||$251||$10||D Nofoaluma $126|
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for Wests, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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|1||Canberra Raiders||GIO Stadium||Sunday, March 14||4:05pm|
|2||Sydney Roosters||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, March 21||4:05pm|
|3||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Sunday, March 28||4:05pm|
|4||Parramatta Eels||Stadium Australia||Monday, April 5||4pm|
|5||North Queensland Cowboys||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, April 11||4:05pm|
|6||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Stadium Australia||Saturday, April 17||5:30pm|
|7||Manly Sea Eagles||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, April 25||1:45pm|
|8||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Sunday, May 2||4:05pm|
|9||Gold Coast Titans||Campbelltown Stadium||Saturday, May 8||5:30pm|
|10||Newcastle Knights||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 14||6pm|
|11||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Friday, May 21||6pm|
|12||St George Illawarra Dragons||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, May 28||7:55pm|
|13||Penrith Panthers||Leichhardt Oval||Friday, June 4||7:55pm|
|14||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Sunday, June 13||4:05pm|
|15||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, June 19||7:35pm|
|16||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Leichhardt Oval||Sunday, July 4||4:05pm|
|18||Brisbane Broncos||Suncorp Stadium||Sunday, July 18||4:05pm|
|19||Manly Sea Eagles||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, July 24||5:30pm|
|20||New Zealand Warriors||Bankwest Stadium||Friday, July 30||6pm|
|21||Canterbury Bulldogs||Belmore Sports Ground||Sunday, August 8||2pm|
|22||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Saturday, August 14||5:30pm|
|23||Cronulla Sharks||Scully Park||Saturday, August 21||3pm|
|24||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, August 29||4:05pm|
|25||Canterbury Bulldogs||Campbelltown Stadium||Sunday, September 5||4:05pm|
Having led the Penrith Panthers to the 2020 NRL Grand Final, James Tamou adds a hefty dose of leadership and class to the Wests Tigers pack. With Joe Ofahengaue coming in from the Brisbane Broncos as well, the first row looks a lot more robust than it did before.
Now at his third club in as many years, James Roberts is a bit of a gamble. His most recent stint at South Sydney was a bust, for various reasons, but there is no doubting how big a weapon he is when things go right. If he settles in well, this could be a super signing.
With Tamou taking over the captaincy, Roberts coming into the centres and Adam Doueihi expected to play in the halves, we could see a revitalised Moses Mbye in the no.1 jersey this year. However it works it out, this move could be critical to Wests’ chances in 2021.
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.