2011 Season Preview - Wests Tigers

Some would argue that the Tigers had a large amount of luck go their way in the back end of the 2011 season that saw them finish third on the ladder.

However a top 8 finish should've been a formality for the 4 seasons prior to last year, so if anything, last season's success was long overdue.

2010 saw the Tigers learn how to win ugly, winning games by close margins and playing defence-oriented football. But the flashy attacking brilliance was not lost. Benji Marshall had his best season since 2005, being awarded the world's best player title at season's end.

For 2011, a top 5 berth must be the Tigers only aim. Having lost no core first grade players from their 2010 squad and a strengthening of depth in previously weak areas (halves and outside backs) as well as the return from injury of other players, the Tigers look set to field a marginally stronger team than in 2010, which is already