2007 Wests Tigers season

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The 2007 Wests Tigers season was the 8th in the joint-venture club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2007 Telstra Premiership, finishing in 9th position and failing to reach the play-offs.

Season summary[edit]

The Wests Tigers had a poor start to the season, losing their first four matches (three of them by very narrow margins.) The Tigers finally won their first game of the season in Round 5 against Cronulla Sharks, at Campbelltown Stadium, by 2 points in golden point extra time. Although Benji Marshall again injured a shoulder in round 8, the Tigers continued winning through to round 12 when they lost to Parramatta by 30 points. Injuries to key players continued throughout the season - Benji Marshall out for eleven rounds, Brett Hodgson out for seven rounds with a fractured cheek, and Todd Payten, Paul Whatuira and Bryce Gibbs all missing several games.

After spending sixteen rounds in the top eight, the Tigers dropped down to ninth position when they lost to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 24. Facing the Newcastle Knights (a team desperate to avoid the wooden spoon in their own horror season) in the last match of the regular season, the Tigers needed to win and then hope the Broncos lost to the Eels to regain a position in the eight. Although they led twice in the game by a margin of twelve points, the Tigers' finished an inconsistent season on a disappointing loss to the Knights, 24–26 at Telstra Stadium, and in 9th position on the ladder.

2007 Season results[edit]

2007 Season ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 21 0 3 1 627 277 +350 44
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24 18 0 6 1 597 377 +220 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 15 0 9 1 547 618 -71 32
4 New Zealand colours.svg Warriors 24 13 1 10 1 593 434 +159 29
5 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 13 0 11 1 573 481 +92 28
6 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 12 0 12 1 575 528 +47 26
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 12 0 12 1 408 399 +9 26
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 11 0 13 1 511 476 +35 24
9 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 1 541 561 -20 24
10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 10 1 13 1 445 610 -165 23
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 24 10 0 14 1 463 403 +60 22
12 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 24 10 0 14 1 409 559 -150 22
13 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 9 0 15 1 431 509 -78 20
14 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 9 0 15 1 522 650 -128 20
15 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 9 0 15 1 418 708 -290 20
16 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 0 16 1 539 607 -68 18

Players Used[edit]

As at 22 July 2007:

No. Position Player
Australia FB Brett Hodgson (captain)
Australia FB Shannon McDonnell
Australia FB Shannon Gallant (Debut: Round 19)
Australia WG Daniel Fitzhenry
Australia WG Jason Moodie
Australia WG Beau Ryan (Debut: Round 16)
Tonga WG Taniela Tuiaki
Australia CE Chris Lawrence
Australia CE Dean Collis
New Zealand CE Paul Whatuira
Australia CE Danny Galea (Debut: Round 8)
New Zealand FE Benji Marshall
Australia HB John Morris (Debut: Round 1)
No. Position Player
Australia PR Bryce Gibbs
Australia PR Ryan O'Hara
Australia PR Todd Payten
South Africa PR Jarrod Saffy
Australia HK Robbie Farah
Australia HK Stuart Flanagan
Australia SR Keith Galloway
New Zealand SR Dene Halatau
New Zealand SR Bronson Harrison
Samoa SR Ben Te'o (Debut: Round 9)
Australia LK Liam Fulton
Australia LK Ben Galea
Australia LK Chris Heighington

Gains and losses[edit]

2007 Player Movements[4]
Gains Losses
Player Previous Club Player New Club
John Morris Parramatta Eels Jamahl Lolesi Huddersfield Giants
Peter Lewis Parramatta Eels John Skandalis Huddersfield Giants
Danny Galea Penrith Panthers Shane Elford Huddersfield Giants
Tom Haberecht St. George Illawarra Dragons Anthony Laffranchi Gold Coast Titans
Luke Harlen Cronulla Sharks Scott Prince Gold Coast Titans
Jason Moodie Cessnock Sam Harris NSW Waratahs
Michael Crockett New Zealand Warriors
Isaac de Gois Cronulla Sharks
Rangi Chase St. George Illawarra Dragons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League Tables". Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Wests Tigers 2007 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Fox Sports Wests Tigers 2007 Results". Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Wests Tigers factbox" (Fee required). AAP Sports News (Australia). 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2007-09-01.