Tigers vs Jets: Defending Premiers Looking to Roar Back After Shaky Start

Tigers vs Jets: Defending Premiers Looking to Roar Back After Shaky Start
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The defending premiers Brisbane Tigers have a chance to shake-off a 0-2 start as they take on the Jets at Totally Workwear Stadium. The Tigers fell 24-30 to the Falcons in their home opener before suffering a 38-12 drubbing at the hands of the Northern Pride in Cairns. Tigers vs Jets kick off this Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m.

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Brutal loss against Northern Pride

As the Pride match progressed, the home team’s superior conditioning and game plan seemed to give them an edge over the tiring Tigers.

“The first 60 minutes was a real grind. We were able to go into half time with a narrow lead [14-12]. We showed a lot of resolve in our defensive line and that really set-up the second half performance,” said Pride coach Eric Smith.

Smith credited his team’s fitness for allowing them to take control late in the contest against the talented but flagging Tigers.

“With 20 minutes to go I thought physically we were able to put the foot down. They started to look tired and we were able to accelerate away.”

Last year’s Tigers vs Jets matchups

Last year’s Tigers vs Jets matchups
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The Tigers, loaded with current and former NRL talent as well as experienced Queensland Cup players, will look to get their groove back against a team that they dominated twice last season. They handed the Jets a 54-20 thrashing at home, while also cruising to a 24-46 victory on the road.

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After their sluggish start, the defending champs are surely hungry to kick-start their title defence with a strong performance in front of their home fans.

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Published 22-March-2024