Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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In a season where drugs were rife in Australian sport, it seems odd that a wayward injection may have cost the Tigers a finals berth.
With a finals spot reliant on a win against Souths, an injured Robbie Farah, who had been taking pain killing injections for the past few weeks, was unfortunately the victim of a wayward needle which caused him to go numb in one leg and unable to play. The Tigers were humiliated that day and consequently, blew their finals chances.
In 2007, Wests Tigers again proved how consistent they are, by starting the season looking like a finals certainty before injuries, lack of reliable depth and poor selections saw the team slide right out of contention in the final few weeks.
At the start of the season, it was revealed the Wests Tigers had found a replacement for Scott Prince. Unfortunately they purchased the lock/hooker utility John Morris, for this role. The halves were a region of utter confusion all season for the Tigers, who must have tried every single combination in the 6 & 7 but to no avail.
Early in the season it seemed the Tigers form players stood a very good chance of donning a blues jumper, only for them to all miss out. By mid to late season, injuries to key players struck hard, and a lack of depth saw the confident Tigers meekly surrender their position in the top 8.
2008 and beyond