2010 Wests Tigers season

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Wests Tigers
2010 season
CEO Stephen Humphreys
Head Coach Tim Sheens
Captain Robbie Farah
NRL 3rd (Preliminary Final)
Toyota Cup 9th
Top try scorer Club: Lote Tuqiri (18)
Top points scorer Club: Benji Marshall (203)
Highest home attendance 30,685
Lowest home attendance 10,061
Average home attendance 18,086

The 2010 Wests Tigers season was the eleventh in the joint-venture club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2010 Telstra Premiership, finishing the regular season 3rd (out of 16). The Tigers then came within one game of the grand final but were knocked out by eventual premiers, St. George Illawarra.

Season summary[edit]

The Wests Tigers made headlines in the pre-season with the high-profile signing of former rugby league and rugby union international, Lote Tuqiri. Back-rower Liam Fulton returned from a season in Super League and former Sydney Roosters prop forward Jason Cayless[1] also joined the club after a four-year stay at St Helens R.F.C.. Mark Flanagan joined the club from Super League side Wigan.

Robbie Farah, the team's hooker, retained his role as captain of the side for the second year.

With his first touch of the ball, new recruit Tuqiri scored the club's first try of 2010 in their round one win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Tigers had an exciting start to the season, winning the first four of five games to lead the competition with St George Illawarra, Melbourne Storm and the Gold Coast Titans.

Wests eventually finished the regular season in 3rd position; the highest in the club's history. This was also their first finals appearance since winning the 2005 Telstra Premiership five years earlier. They lost to eventual premiers St George Illawarra Dragons on 25 September 2010 by a score of 13-12 to miss out on the grand final.

Head Coach, Tim Sheens, extended his contract with the Wests Tigers to the end of the 2011 season.[2]

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
15 March Round 1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 26 - 22 Ayshford, Ellis, Fulton, Lawrence, Tuqiri Marshall (3) 18,421 [1]
21 March Round 2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 32 - 44 Marshall (2), Ayshford, Fifita, Schirnack, Tuqiri Marshall (4) 19,021 [2]
26 March Round 3 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 23 - 12 Marshall (2), Tuqiri (2), Ayshford Marshall (1) & (FG) 21,318 [3]
4 April Round 4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium, Canberra Win 35 - 22 Fulton (2), Farah, Lawrence, Marshall, Ryan Marshall (5), Farah (FG) 17,112 [4]
10 April Round 5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Willows Sports Complex, Townsville Win 23 - 16 Lawrence (2), Heighington, Tuqiri Marshall (3), Farah (FG) 16,273 [5]
16 April Round 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 4 - 24 Tuqiri - 19,491 [6]
24 April Round 7 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Penrith Park, Sydney Loss 18 - 26 Flanagan, Heighington, Lawrence Marshall (3) 19,220 [7]
2 May Round 8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 8 - 12 Heighington Marshall (2) 19,901 [8]
16 May Round 10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Loss 10 - 50 Lawrence, Lui Marshall (1) 30,685 [9]
21 May Round 11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Newcastle International Sports Centre,
Newcastle
Win 23 - 6 Daniela, Ellis, Lawrence, Marshall Marshall (3), (FG) 14,458 [10]
28 May Round 12 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney Win 50 - 6 Daniela (3), Tuqiri (2), Farah, Flanagan, Lawrence, Ryan Marshall (7) 10,061 [11]
4 June Round 13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Stadium Australia, Sydney Win 19 - 12 Dwyer, Farah, Marshall, Marshall (3), Lui (FG) 11,837 [12]
20 June Round 15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Win 18 - 8 Ryan (2), Fitzhenry Marshall (3) 19,428 [13]
25 June Round 16 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Kogarah Oval, Sydney Loss 10 - 34 Lawrence, Tuqiri Marshall (1) 16,574 [14]
2 July Round 17 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Lang Park, Brisbane Win 16 - 14 Brown, Lawrence, Marshall Marshall (2) 30,127 [15]
9 July Round 18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney Win 15 - 14 Ayshford, Brown Marshall (3) & (FG) 14,050 [16]
19 July Round 19 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Win 26 - 16 Tuqiri (2), Ayshford, Brown, Fulton, Marshall Marshall (1) 11,364 [17]
25 July Round 20 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Grahame Park, Gosford Loss 20 - 38 Ayshford, Heighington, Lui, Tuqiri Marshall (2) 20,059 [18]
31 July Round 21 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Win 24 - 22 Fulton (2), Brown, Lawrence, Tuqiri Lawrence (1),
Marshall (1)
14,942 [19]
7 August Round 22 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Stadium Australia, Sydney Loss 30 - 34 Ayshford, Farah, Galloway, Lawrence, Tuqiri Marshall (5) 23,298 [20]
15 August Round 23 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney Win 43 - 18 Ellis (2), Fifita (2), Farah, Lawrence, Lui Marshall (7), Farah (FG) 17,208 [21]
22 August Round 24 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney Win 20 - 18 Ryan (2), Fifita, Lawrence Marshall (2) 19,854 [22]
29 August Round 25 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Win 26 - 14 Marshall (3), Farah, Fifita Marshall (3) 20,168 [23]
3 September Round 26 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Robina Stadium, Gold Coast Loss 18 - 21 Ellis, Heighington, Tuqiri Marshall (3) 26,103 [24]

Finals Series[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
11 September Qualifying Final Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 15 - 19 Ayshford, Ryan, Tuqiri Marshall (1), Farah (FG) 33,315 [25]
17 September Semi Final Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Bruce Stadium, Canberra Win 26 - 24 Ellis, Heighington, Lawrence, Tuqiri Marshall (5) 26,476 [26]
25 September Preliminary Final St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Stadium Australia, Sydney Loss 12 - 13 Lui, Tuqiri Marshall (2) 71,212 [27]

Ladder[edit]

# Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons (P) 24 17 0 7 2 518 299 +219 38
2 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 645 489 +156 34
3 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 0 9 2 537 503 +34 34
4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 15 0 9 2 520 498 +22 34
5 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 0 10 2 539 486 +53 32
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 14 0 10 2 559 510 +49 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 499 493 +6 30
8 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 12 0 12 2 545 510 +35 28
9 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 0 13 2 584 567 +17 26
10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 11 0 13 2 508 535 −27 26
11 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 499 569 −70 24
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 10 0 14 2 413 491 −78 24
13 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 9 0 15 2 494 539 −45 22
14 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 0 17 2 354 609 −255 18
15 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 5 0 19 2 425 667 −242 14
16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 489 363 +126 01

1 Melbourne were deducted eight premiership points and barred from receiving premiership points for the rest of the season due to gross long-term salary cap breaches.[3]


Gains and losses[edit]

2010 Player Movements
Gains Losses
Player Previous Club Player New Club
Mark Flanagan Wigan Warriors Shannon Gallant North Queensland Cowboys
Lote Tuqiri Leicester Tigers Dean Collis Cronulla Sharks
Jason Cayless St Helens R.F.C. John Morris Cronulla Sharks
Liam Fulton Huddersfield Giants Danny Galea Canberra Raiders
Daniel Fitzhenry Hull Kingston Rovers Peni Tagive St George Illawarra Dragons
Mitch Brown Cronulla Sharks Corey Payne Canterbury Bulldogs
Arana Taumata Melbourne Storm Rhys Hanbury Crusaders Rugby League
Junior Moors Penrith Panthers John Skandalis (retired)
Geoff Daniela Penrith Panthers

Squad[edit]

Wests Tigers 2010 Squad
Coaches

Updated: 26 April 2010
Source: Wests Tigers Official Website

References[edit]