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globalrugbyleague - Sun, 26 Aug 2007 10:11:00 GMT
All roads lead to Leichhardt this Sunday.

At 3pm the full house sign will be erected out the front of the famous ground.

Forget all the rubbish and heart-string tugging Souths tried to get the Tigers to move the game to Telstra Stadium. It would have been like getting a midget to carry the pasha bulka from Newcastle Beach.

Tactics will play an important part in this game, and so to will emotion.

The team which holds its nerve will win this match.

The strength for the Tigers will be a very partisan crowd, black and gold colours everywhere. Yet both teams are locked together on 24 points.

Whoever panics first will lose, who holds their nerve will win - simple as that.

The Tigers have the better game breakers in Robbie Farah, Benji Marshall, and Brett Hodgson. They will be hoping the occasion and the sense of history gets the better of the red and green visitors.

Souths know if they win one of their last two games a top eight place beckons.

If Souths think too much about this game and worry about the result they will make errors.

The other problem for Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor is that teams who play Monday night games normally don't have the best of records next start.

Still no time like the present to buck that trend. The Rabbitohs did beat the Eels in round 2 coming off the back of their Monday night win over the Roosters, so history shows it can be done.

Souths’ win over Manly was full of effort and intensity. But it may have flattened them.


The best way for the visitors to approach this game is keep the game simple. March forward, shift the ball two or three passes wide and then rely on patience and stubborn defence to win the game.

Roy Asotasi, together with Robbie Farah, have been the two best players in the NRL this season.

Still I fancy the Tigers on home soil and through their ability to move the Souths' big men around laterally.

The Verdict:
Wests Tigers by seven. As for leaving Leichardt Oval via your four-wheel automobile, don’t expect to get home before seven.
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