The Wests Tigers first season in the VB NSW Cup as a merged entity was punctuated by a number of close wins and losses. Featuring in 11 games that were decided by only 6 points or less, the Tigers were on track for a higher finish in the top-eight before a late season collapse where they lost five of their last six games to scrape into the finals.
Best Performed – After returning to the Tigers last season after stints with the Sharks and Cutters, Jarred Farlow has been one of the Tigers most consistent performers and continued to deliver throughout 2013. Before his season was cut short through injury, Taqele Naiyaravaro was making a name for himself as one of the hardest players to stop in the competition; scoring 23 tries in 15 games.
Rising Star – As mentioned above, Taqele Naiyaravaro was a sensation for the Tigers this season after moving from prop to the wing. The giant Fijian proved almost unstoppable at times and was a member of the victorious VB NSW Cup Representative team.
Highlight – A 40-18 Round 17 victory over Mounties at Campbelltown Stadium had all the hallmarks of the Tigers at their best, and despite their tough run into the finals the Tigers rallied to defeat the Auckland Vulcans in the first week of the finals.
2014 – After several strong seasons for the Tigers NYC side, Wests will look to benefit from an injection of several of their young stars. However, with a host of experienced players leaving the Tigers NRL side this season, the depth of the club will be tested. If they can avoid the crippling injury toll they suffered this season, they will remain highly competitive.
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2013 Season Review - Wests Tigers
17/10/2013 10:00:00 AM