History beckons for Wests Tigers this week as they travel to Cbus Super Stadium to take on the Gold Coast Titans in their Round 3 clash on Saturday afternoon.
Having recorded upset wins over the Warriors and Sea Eagles to start the year, Wests Tigers will look to make it three wins from its opening three games of the season this weekend — something the Club has never achieved since its foundation in 2000.
Saturday’s game will also be the Club’s 400th NRL match, as well as Kevin Naiqama’s 50th NRL match, 27 of which will have been at Wests Tigers since his arrival in 2015.
As we look to Saturday’s game against the Titans, we’ve taken a look back at history to see what the numbers tell us about the game, and found some incredible stats in favour of Jason Taylor’s side this weekend — take a look below to see what we found!
Wests Tigers have won three of their last four games played against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, including their most recent appearance in Round 1, 2015. However, that form could be tough to maintain this weekend, with the Titans emerging triumphant in each of their last four home games, dating back to Round 21, 2015.
As was the case when they met in Round 1 last year, there seems to be something about Wests Tigers taking on the Titans that produces field goals. Wests Tigers have kicked a field goal in three of their seven wins over the Titans, and incredibly, have won each of their two Saturday games played at Cbus Super Stadium by exactly one point. Of course, we’re hoping that it doesn’t come down to that, though, this weekend...
He’s easily the hottest fullback in the NRL right now, but it’s the consistent form of James Tedesco that has impressed so many. After playing every minute of every game last season, the fullback has quickly racked up 11 tries in his past nine games, and has crossed the line for tries in each of his last three games against the Gold Coast Titans.
Tedesco’s five tries have him sitting clear atop the NRL’s top try-scorer list in 2016, and in the column next to him, Mitchell Moses also leads with five try-assists. In fact, four of the top five players in this statistic will feature in Saturday’s game, with Moses (5), Greg Bird (3), Ashley Taylor (3) and Kevin Naiqama (3) all in fine form to start 2016.
Finally, we finish on an incredible statistic that might just tip things in favour of the visitors this weekend. While the Titans have won their last four home games against a number of teams, there’s something about being at home on a Saturday they just don’t like. Since 2011, Gold Coast have managed just three wins at home on a Saturday — losing 21 of their last 24 matches at the venue, including two defeats against Wests Tigers.