Wests Tigers will look to bounce back from two recent defeats when they take on the Cronulla Sharks this Saturday, April 2 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
And while the past two weeks have been a slight dip on form compared to the blistering attack seen in the opening two rounds, the good news is that history gives plenty of reasons for confidence this week against the Sharks at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Wests Tigers have won three of their four games played against Cronulla at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, with their only loss coming in Round 23, 2002. Since then, Wests Tigers have won the past three fixtures between the two sides at the venue.
And while they have not met the Sharks at Campbelltown since 2007, both teams have also met for pre-season trials there in the last two years, with one Wests Tigers win and one draw.
Speaking of Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Wests Tigers have enjoyed a strong recent record at the venue, winning 16 of their last 25 games there. Jason Taylor’s side are looking for three consecutive wins at the ground, having beat the Warriors in Round 25, 2015 before taking down the men from across the Tasman 34-26 again in Round 1 earlier this year.
Having won once already on a Saturday afternoon at Campbelltown this year, Wests Tigers will be looking to continue their recent success in that timeslot this week — having won nine of their last 14 games played at Campbelltown on a Saturday. Cronulla, on the other hand, have lost their past two games played on a Saturday (both against the North Queensland Cowboys) but won their previous seven Saturday games prior to that.
He made a successful return from injury on Easter Monday against the Parramatta Eels, and Wests Tigers will again be pleased to have Robbie Farah in the side this week given his strong record against the Cronulla Sharks. Wests Tigers have won 13 of the 17 games that Farah has played against the Sharks throughout his career. The hooker has an extremely dominant record over Paul Gallen — losing just once to his State of Origin teammate once in his career — but has a surprisingly tough record against now Sharks hooker Michael Ennis, winning just four of the 14 games against teams with Ennis.
He grew up just around the corner from Campbelltown Stadium playing for the Campbelltown Collegians, so it’s little surprise that David Nofoaluma has such a strong record at the venue. The winger has averaged a try-a-game at Campbelltown so far in his career, with six tries in his past four games including one in Round 1 against the Warriors (pictured below).