1. The second 40 against the Dragons was arguably the Tigers best of the year. They came out of the sheds and controlled the game from the restart, playing with the sort of calm confidence you don’t always expect from a Tigers team. And wasn’t it great to see Tim Sheens giving his trusty umbrella an absolute flogging on the sideline.
2. Last week’s performances by Lote Tuqiri and Manu Vatuvei made Lindsay Lohan look reliable. Both international wingers had games to forget, with Lote struggling for form since returning from injury and Manu getting the worst case of the dropsies since Lee Oudenryn retired. Expect the big blokes to have an impact on tonight’s game – for better or for worse.
3. David Gallop and the NRL keep reminding us ‘This Is Our House’. It’s a multi-million dollar message built on emotion, tribalism and passion. It’s also highly hypocritical given the events of recent weeks. Players from Manly and Melbourne were suspended for bringing the game into disrepute, yet vision of the Battle of Brookvale is being used to promote the NRL Finals. Maybe next year the message will be ‘Not In Our House’.
4. In another marketing masterstroke, the NRL yesterday released $10 tickets for tonight’s game. The deal is being branded as a ‘Warriors Special’, and the NRL has also approved a group haka. Once again, where’s the consistency? If this is such a great idea, why weren’t Queensland residents offered $10 tickets to the Eagles v Cowboys game last weekend? And what about the Tigers fans who paid $60 each for tickets? No wonder people get pissed off.
5. It’s a shame to see the Tigers take on the Warriors in week two of the finals. Both teams play attacking footy and both have players who attract casual fans and ‘second teamers’. Sadly, one team will be knocked out tonight, leaving many casual fans with a choice between the Storm, Eagles, Broncos and Dragons. Eh…
6. Tim Moltzen, after last week’s performance I dedicate this song to you. Enjoy!