Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers pack overhaul based on NRL 2017 statistics

Coming into their pack this season are big men with big profiles in Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Chris McQueen. Aaron Woods (Bulldogs) and Ava Seumanufagai (Sharks) headed in the opposite direction at the end of last season.

A quick glance at the Tigers yardage battles last year explains much of the movement, while the devil in the detail only further reveals their struggles in the middle in recent seasons.

JT returns but Tigers tame Cowboys in Cairns

The early-season rust was clear for both sides in a match that was delayed for more than 45 minutes after a blackout struck Cairns following a storm in the tropics.

After the lights were turned on, poor discipline from North Queensland gave the Tigers an easy out in the form of a penalty inside their own 10 metres, which they used to march up the field.

They made good use of the field position when they sucked in three defenders before offloading to find winger Corey Thompson unmarked, who posted first points of the night. 

Brett Hodgson to join Wests Tigers coaching staff

The 39-year-old is currently assistant coach at the Widnes Vikings and will join Wests Tigers for the start of the 2018 pre-season.

Hodgson said he was looking forward to coming back to Wests Tigers in a coaching capacity.

"I'm extremely happy to be returning to Wests Tigers, the memories have been flooding back to me and I'm looking forward to getting started," Hodgson said. 

"Ivan and the staff have made many changes and I feel now is the perfect time to return as the club enters this new era.

Heartbreaking lesson for Tiger cubs

The Tigers looked home and hosed when Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crossed and then Tui Lolohea nailed the sideline conversion to move them ahead by eight points with 10 minutes remaining, but it wasn't to be as the Sharks punished a couple of errors to race in two late tries to steal the win. 

Ruthless Roosters trounce Tigers

Mitchell Pearce, Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson all scored two tries each in the 40-18 victory.

Wests Tigers sign Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

The 25-year-old will join the club for the remainder of 2017 and the 2018 NRL seasons.

Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Watene-Zelezniak to the club.

Heighno's call to Leichhardt faithful

As the Wests Tigers use three grounds – Leichhardt Oval, Campbelltown Stadium and ANZ Stadium – throughout the season, they have only met the Sharks on seven occasions at the venue since 2000.

'Dumb' Bulldogs slip up

The Belmore outfit held a two-point lead before Brenko Lee was sent to the sin-bin in the 68th minute for a professional foul that would later allow the Wests Tigers to take control and storm home.

Idris right back home at centre

 While Ivan Cleary kept things simple in his first stint as coach against the Cowboys, moving Idris to the right side to partner in-form winger David Nofoaluma provided a right-side attack that had been lacking in recent weeks.

Thurston injury adds to Cowboys' woes

Regular fullback Lachlan Coote missed the match against Wests Tigers with a calf injury of his own and hooker Jake Granville is out for up to six weeks with a broken leg. Utility Ben Hampton deputised at hooker on Saturday night, but may now be needed in the halves.