Their season started with a long-term injury to a rookie who was touted as the club's next big thing, and from then on the Tigers' year has struggled to recover.
Fullback James Tedesco, workhorse Gareth Ellis, winger Lote Tuqiri and prop Keith Galloway have all had extended spells in the casualty ward at Concord this season, with Tim Sheens and his coaching staff having to work overtime just to keep the bandaids fully stocked.
Tonight on NRL Daily host John Gibbs and ex-Tigers star Joel Caine analyse the clubs chance of securing eighth place on the ladder and playing finals football.
“I think they’ll miss out,” says Gibbs. “I think with a mounting injury toll and a tough run home the Wests Tigers will struggle to make the eight.”
That tough run home includes this weekend against the inform Rabbitohs and well as current first and second placed Bulldogs and Storm.
Joel Caine agrees with Gibbs. “It’s not their year and I can’t see them making the eight,” Caine says.
“To win the comp you need luck and luck has left the Tigers. All season they’ve never had their best team. You need players and momentum going into the finals and the Tigers are lacking both.”
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Also on tonight's show Bulldogs forward James Graham gets rewarded for efforts against the Sea Eagles with the 'Golden Gibber' award.
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