Wests Tigers 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis

The Tigers proved the doubters wrong in 2018 can they do it again?

Oddschecker
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Mon, 25 Feb, 12:00 AM

Wests Tigers

Finished in 2018: 9th (15 wins, 9 losses)

Key ins: Paul Momirovski & Ryan Matterson (Roosters), Zane Musgrove (Rabbitohs)

Key outs: Tui Lolohea (Leeds), Kevin Naiqama (St Helens), Sauaso Sue (Bulldogs), Tim Grant & Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (Panthers),

Coach: Michael Maguire

Captain(s): Moses Mbye

Moses Mbye

 

Summary: The Tigers were tipped by every man and his dog to earn the wooden spoon in 2018. Insert an Ivan Cleary and the Tigers came up just shy of playing finals footy. Luke Brooks was instrumental in steering the no-frills Tigers throughout the season, often earning Dally M points when the Tigers performed well. Unfortunately, the Tigers have lost Ivan Cleary but have a premiership winner in Michael Maguire taking over. Their brand of no-frills, gritty footy suits the players they have in the squad. Most importantly it suits the style of play that Maguire will likely instil right from the jump. I wouldn’t be surprised if Maguire improves their defensive statistics, which gives the Tigers a little bit of value to sneak into the Top 8.

 

Key stat: The Tigers ranked #2 in missed tackles and #3 in set completion in 2018.

Round 1: Tigers v Manly

Saturday, 16 March, 6:00 PM Leichhardt Oval

Wests Tigers logo Wests Tigers   –  $1.75*  
Manly Sea Eagles logo Manly Sea Eagles – $2.30*

 

2019 Premiership odds: $26* with Sportsbet

Best Dally M Chance: Luke Brooks

Prediction: Tigers to finish top 8 ($2.60* with Sportsbet)

 

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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