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Wests Tigers take on Parramatta Eels this Friday night in the Club's first game at Leichhardt Oval for 2013.

The home side will wear a specially created James Bond themed jersey to help celebrate the release of "Skyfall" on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The jersey will be released to view on the club's website Tuesday morning.

Wests Tigers come into the game on the back of a 28-18 win against Penrith Panthers after losing away to Newcastle Knights in the season opener.

Ricky Stuart's Parramatta Eels are also one win from two starts after demolishing New Zealand Warriors in the first round, before a narrow loss to Canterbury last weekend.

Wests Tigers showed a lot more potential in their most recent start, downing Penrith after a disastrous start to the season against Newcastle.

Coach Mick Potter felt his side still had a long way to go to get to the standard he expected after an at times scrappy attacking performance.

The new boss said his team's defence wasn't where he felt it should be but was a marked improvement on the previous week.

"There's still a lot of work to do," said Potter.

"At times it was an attitude problem, other times it was structural."

Potter expects the team to continue to improve week to week.

Parramatta Eels are riding a wave of expectation in 2013 with former NSW and Australia coach Ricky Stuart taking the reigns.

Their home demolition of New Zealand in Round 1, followed up by an impressive performance in a narrow loss against last year's Grand Finalists Canterbury, has their fans newly excited after a disappointing 2012.

Tickets for the match are selling fast, with the Parramatta supporters bay reaching capacity early in the week. Wests Tigers are encouraging fans to get their tickets early to ensure Leichhardt Oval isn't taken over by Eels supporters.

Parramatta's big names have fired early and Wests Tigers are sure to have their work cut out for them with Jarrod Hayne, Chris Sandow and Tim Mannah all hitting their straps.

Mercurial fullback Hayne grabbed a hat-trick in Round 1 and Ricky Stuart appears to be getting the best from temperamental halfback Sandow, who has looked amongst the most lively attackers in the early stages of the NRL.

Prop Tim Mannah continues to lead a forward pack which also features internationals Fui Fui Moi Moi and Reni Maitua.

Wests Tigers have faced up to Parramatta on 28 occasions, winning 10, losing 15 and drawing 3.

Parramatta lead the way on points scored with a historical total of 635 points to Wests Tigers' 470.

Wests Tigers demolished the Eels 51-26 at Campbelltown Stadium in the two sides' last clash, with Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete claiming four tries in a stellar performance.

Wests Tigers fans can purchase tickets into a special "Bond Bay" where they can dress up as James Bond or any of their favourite characters from the movie series. They will also receive a gift bag on the night.

Team lists will be posted Tuesday afternoon.


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