A much-needed two points will be coming the way of one of these teams on Friday night.
Both are freefalling with a spot in the finals becoming a faint possibility unless wins, and plenty of them, start piling up. Just who wins this one is probably one of the hardest games to pick all year.
Wests Tigers have lost six straight games but returning to Campbelltown Stadium might be the tonic to get them back in the winners circle. They head into this off the back of a heartbreaking 24-22 loss to the Sharks last Saturday night.
The Gold Coast are in a similar position where they let a lead of their own slip away to eventually be run down by the Bunnies 36-20 thanks to a brutal second half display by the winners.
SO CLOSE YET SO FAR
The WESTS TIGERS have only won three games all year.
Mitchell Moses is gone already and James Tedesco along with Aaron Woods are off to different clubs next season. They have lost six games by 20 points or more and yet they have proven to be nuisance value for the reigning premiers.
Twice they have played Cronulla this season and on both occasions it could be argued that Wests Tigers were unlucky not to win.
Both losses have been by a converted try or less which shows that the Tigers can compete with some of the better teams in the competition, however, that consistency has been few and far between.
If they can harness some of that energy from last week’s two-point loss to the Sharks then they are a big chance of winning this.
The wheels appear to have fallen off the GOLD COAST.
Since beating ladder leaders Melbourne Storm they have dropped four straight games and all by double digit margins.
Despite being Origin effected last week they went into the break with a commanding 20-10 lead over Souths, however, their second 40 minutes was terrible and saw the Rabbitohs run in 26 unanswered points.
Jarryd Hayne, Nathan Peats and Jarrad Wallace will return from Origin duty should they get through Wednesday’s game unscathed. Add to that the additions of Anthony Don and Will Zillman and they are back to near full strength.
Gold Coast have had the wood on the Tigers in recent times.
The Titans are staring down the barrel of four straight wins over Wests Tigers for the first time in club history with their current three-game winning run their best so far against the merged entity.
Although not boasting a good record on the road (2-5) the Titans did win their previous encounter at Campbelltown, last season, narrowly getting the verdict 19-18.
A lot will depend on how each side’s respective players come through Origin.
The Tigers will be heavily reliant on James Tedesco and Aaron Woods and with the match being just 48 hours after Game II at ANZ Stadium, how they back up will be imperative on their chances.
We like what we have seen from the Tigers, for the most part, of late with brave efforts against the Dragons and Sharks bookending a thrashing at the hands of the Roosters.
We are giving them one more chance to impress us as they’ve already cost us a fortune in 2017. Take the value ($2.30 @ bet365) about a Tigers home win which should give the Campbelltown faithful something to cheer about.
KEVIN NAIQAMA FIRST TRYSCORER