Wests Tigers prop Alex Twal has a severe case of white line fever as he prepares to make his 100th NRL appearance on Friday night.
Twal is yet to score his maiden try in the top flight, but the stage is well and truly set for the cult hero to crash over in front of a raucous home crowd at Leichhardt Oval.
While he explained that he doesn’t need any extra incentive to get over the line against the Bulldogs, Twal stated that he’ll take his elusive first try in whatever form it comes.
Under the sticks, in the corner, match winner, whatever you want! As long as I can get across the white line and we get the two points I’ll be a happy man”Terminator Twal
Alex made his debut for Wests Tigers in 2017 and quickly earned a reputation as one of the most reliable forwards in the competition.
Nicknamed ‘The Twalinator’ and ‘Mr 99%’ due to his tackling efficiency and strong work ethic, Twal is excited for the opportunity to give back to those who have supported him throughout his first grade journey.
“I love this club. From the CEO Justin Pascoe to Madge as the coach, they’ve done a lot for me in my career and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and putting in a good performance for my teammates and the fans”.
Among the packed crowd at Leichhardt will be over forty of Twal’s closest family and friends, who have all watched him develop into one of the league's most popular players.
There’s heaps of family and friends coming down and I’ve pretty much exhausted all my tickets, so I’m really looking forward to having them all there.”Ticketless Twal
If Twal does exhaust his allocation, halfback Jock Madden said he’d be more than happy to step in and help out his front rower given the contribution that he’s made to the team over the past five years.
“To play 100 games is a credit to him and all his hard work. I’m really excited for him to go out there and hopefully he gets a try, but we want to get a win for him as well”.
Luke Garner echoed Madden’s sentiments, stating that he’s prepared to do whatever it takes to ensure that Twal crashes over for his first meat pie.
“I’m doing everything in my power this week to get Twaly a try!”
Wests Tigers are expecting a full house at Leichhardt Oval for Twal’s milestone match and fans are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets to ensure they don’t miss out on the special occasion.