NRL Nines Preview

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The weekend is nearly upon us. And for many people, this weekend marks the start of the footy season being back in full swing. For some of us it could not have come sooner, although our significant others may disagree.

Despite what you think about the broadcast of the Nines, it’s safe to say that there is a lot of hype around the event. It will be a huge weekend with an exciting new format, and many teams blooding young prospects for the first time. So let’s have a look at the Tigers chances, and see what they’re in for.

Pool

The Tigers have drawn a tough pool, facing off against the Sharks, Knights and Titans. The only pool as tough as ours in my opinion is the Yellow pool, which boasts the Warriors, Sea Eagles, Cowboys and Raiders. Some other clubs are not taking the Nines too seriously, however there is a lot on the line for our young team. To me, the most dangerous opposition in our pool is the Knights. They are a team that has got plenty of experienced players and some dangerous backs waiting to fire.

Our Squad

I’m excited to see our team in action. We have, in my opinion the fastest backs as a whole for the event. In addition, a lot of our squad’s new additions will be on show – with Potter having clearly stated that many of the spots in our Starting 17 are up for grabs, the tournament presents an unrivalled chance to put your name forward for selection. Our strengths will be our speed through our backs, our kicking game, and mobility in our forwards.

I don’t think our result this weekend will set expectations of our team’s performance this year. However the Nines format does play to our strengths and being such a fast game, it’s hard not to think that we are a real threat.

Tigers to Watch

What I do think the weekend will give is a look in at a few of our new players. We have recruited some promising players, and at the forefront of these players is young Blake Austin. By all accounts he performed very well in our trial, and had a good, reliable kicking game. Something missing from the Tigers for the last two years.

I’ll also be keeping an eye out for our new forward recruits Martin KAPOW.. I mean, Taupau, and James Gavet. These two could be very handy for those few cheap NRL Fantasy bench spots that need filling too.

Pool Predictions

The teams I predict that will make it through to the final 8:

Yellow: Warriors, Cowboys

Green: Broncos, Eels

Blue: Knights, Tigers

Red: Storm, Rabbitohs

Don’t forget to tune into BWTF all weekend as we will provide you pool updates and Wests Tigers score updates as they occur. Here’s hoping we are celebrating a Tigers Tournament win on Sunday night!