Wests Tigers will look to consolidate on a strong Round 1 performance when they take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval on Monday, March 14.
Having shown their attacking prowess in a 34-26 victory over the New Zealand Warriors, Jason Taylor's side will take plenty of confidence into this week's match against a Sea Eagles side that went down at home to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Round 1.
We've crunched the numbers to show just why confidence should be high this week, and found some fairly damning statistics in favour of the home side come Monday night.
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Leichhardt Oval is typically one of the hardest grounds to travel to, and that's certainly the case for the boys from the Northern Beaches when they journey to the Inner West.
Wests Tigers have won four of their last five games against the Sea Eagles at Leichhardt — their last being a 34-16 win in Round 5, 2014, with Robbie Farah, David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence and Aaron Woods all scoring tries in the emphatic victory.
Speaking of Leichhardt Oval, Wests Tigers have won 40 of their 67 games at the ground in Club history — more than any other ground since their foundation in 2000.
After a stellar 2015 season that saw him take out Wests Tigers Members Player and Player's Player of the Year Awards, James Tedesco picked up right where he left off on the weekend, scoring two tries in his side's 34-26 win over the Warriors.
With an incredible strike-rate of 31 tries in 52 games, Tedesco has scored against all bar two tries in the NRL — one of which being the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
Can Tedesco chalk off another team in his list? After watching his performance on the weekend, it would take a brave soul to suggest otherwise!
Making the first journey away from home is always a tricky ask, especially in the case of this week's visitors. In the last eight years, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have lost five of their opening away games of the year by a combined scoreline of 133 to 64.
They caused plenty of problems on the right edge for the Warriors on Saturday, and David Nofoaluma and Kevin Naiqama will certainly be at it again come Monday night. The duo each have an excellent strike rate against the Sea Eagles — Nofoaluma has scored three tries in his last three games while Naiqama has three tries in his two games against them.
Wests Tigers have also won three of their last four Monday night games, which should hold Taylor's side in good stead when they take the field in exactly a week's time!