I’D RATHER put on pink and support the referees than put on blue and white and support the Bulldogs.
A lot of Wests fans feel that way about Canterbury. We like to see them lose.
The rivalry on the field is fierce, with both the Magpies and Balmain having big clashes against the Dogs over the years that fans of the Wests Tigers still remember.
Let’s not forget the Bulldogs’ reported merge/takeover tilt at Wests before the Magpies joined hips with Balmain.
Many Wests fans feel the Bulldogs’ idea of a merger was to be called the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, playing out of Belmore in blue and white jerseys ... with a bit of black on the socks.
Now with a strong team, a grand final victory with a style of football to entertain fans from both heritages, it seems the boards of the clubs made a good decision.
With two massive supporter bases who will be starving for some footy with their teams coming off a bye, the atmosphere should be intense.
Kick-off is 7.45pm, Friday night at Allianz Stadium.
While Gareth Ellis has been a huge loss for his teammates, Liam Fulton not being beside them is felt just as much as the big Englishman’s absence.
Fulton has been on the sidelines with a rib injury the past two weeks, and with that the Tigers strong defence has rested with him.
Fulton is the player every superstar needs beside them to make them look good.
Watch our website to see if Fulton will line up on Friday.
Attack’s the go
The Wests Tigers grand final victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in 2005 was the highest-rating rugby league match ever.
It goes to show fans want to see attacking footy played.
Tonight’s Origin clash is set to eclipse the record.