NRL Betting: Tigers to rise above grief
The last time these two sides squared off against each other in 'Monday Night Football', it was Robbie Farah who delivered in golden-point...
Going into Monday night's NRL action, David Murdoch poses the question: Can the Wests Tigers somehow lift themselves out of the overwhelming sense of grief which accompanied Robbie Farah's mum's passing last week?
Last week's Wests Tigers loss to the Roosters brought an end to a run of seven straight victories for the joint-venture club.
It was an understandable hiccup as the club came to terms with one of their team mate's pain.
Farah has declared himself a starter for tonight's match, and if he can summon some of that trademark grit that highlighted his performance in Origin two, the Tigers will be awfully hard to stop.
Their minds weren't on the job last week at home, missing close to 60 tackles, and coach Tim Sheens will be hoping the road trip will help refocus his team.
Languishing in 13th position on the NRL ladder, the Novocastrians have delivered just 11 games on the promise of success that arrived in the region at the same time Super coach Wayne Bennett did.
Mathematically the Knights still have a chance of qualifying for the top eight, but they would have to hit a level of form unseen this season.
Time is running out for the Knights and Origin stars Akuila Uate and Darius Boyd need to fire and fast.
The home team's record against the Tigers is poor. You have to go back to 2007 to find the last time the Knights beat the Tigers and all the way back to round 26 in 2004 to find the last time the Knights beat the Tigers at home.
The last time these two sides squared off against each other in 'Monday Night Football' it was Robbie Farah who delivered in golden-point with a field-goal for a valuable 17-16 victory at Leichhardt Oval.
Players have been quoted as saying the result at Leichardt last week simply didn't matter. Just how Tim Sheens manages to change that attitude and galvanise the group will go a long way to determining the outcome.
There has been good backing for the Tigers across the weekend and @ Betfair odds of (1.50) they look to be a great bet.