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Wests Tigers prop Jack Buchanan was the guest columnist for the weekly 'Tiger Talk' column.

The colum is part of a weekly Tiger Talk feature in the Campbelltown Advertiser each Wednesday.


Two wins from three games is not a bad start to the season for Wests Tigers.

Winning our last two home matches at Campbelltown Sports Stadium and Leichhardt Oval were very important and helped to erase the disappointment of our round one loss.

Last Friday nights win over Parramatta was a tale of two halves for the team. I thought we played some of our best football in the first half and to walk off with an 18-0 lead at half-time and receive a standing ovation from the Leichhardt Oval faithful was a great feeling.

The second half saw us drop our intensity a little and we allowed the Eels back into the game although I always felt we were in control of the match.

In a solid team performance, I thought our captain in hooker Robbie Farah was amazing. Having settled his playing future the day before with a new four-year deal to stay at the club, Robbie was really pumped up for the match and it showed. He truly led by example. It is a real pleasure to play alongside him.

As for the crowd, what a feeling it was to run out on Leichhardt Oval. It was my first appearance in a Wests Tigers jersey at Leichhardt Oval and Ill admit I got goose bumps when I looked up and saw the packed hill.

The atmosphere was electric and it really is a special place to play at. I like to thank all those Wests Tigers fans who travelled to Leichhardt Oval for the match. We love playing in front of packed crowds at our home games, be it at Leichhardt, Campbelltown or Allianz Stadium, as it really does lift you when things are getting tough.

Tonight we face a real stiff test when we take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium.

Manly will be determined to make up for their last round loss to the Gold Coast Titans and what Ive been told by the boys, there is certainly plenty of feeling whenever we take on the Sea Eagles.

It will be a really good test for us and will give us a good indication of where we are at the moment.

It might be a Manly home game but I know just how big of a supporters base we have on the Central Coast so Im expecting to see plenty of Wests Tigers flags in the crowd.

It should be a cracker of a match. I cant wait.
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