NEWS FROM THE HILL
The Tigers looked very good in patches during the loss to the on-fire Bulldogs on Friday. They also looked very ordinary in other stages — especially just after half-time. Coach Tim Sheens said he felt the boys ‘‘were ready to go out’’ after half-time.
‘‘We just came out and started poorly for some reason the first 10 minutes.
‘‘They [the Bulldogs] came out and threw a few things at us and we got burnt on the very first shift on the edge and we were in trouble from then.’’
Benji Marshall was very hard on himself in the press conference after Friday night’s match.
‘‘We gave ourselves a chance in the last 10 minutes.’’ the stand-in captain said.
‘‘But a couple of bad last-play options from myself and a couple of other areas didn’t help us.’’
Marshall missed more tackles than anyone on the field, but he also set up the Tigers first two tries and showed signs of his brilliance in attack.
Home at Leumeah
The gates of Campbelltown Stadium will open at 4.45pm on Saturday, with the stars of the Tigers future — the under-20s playing at 5.15pm. The NRL blockbuster begins at 7.30pm.
This is the second last game of the year in Campbelltown.
After Ben Barba starring for Canterbury against the Tigers last week, the boys will have to be on their game against another star outside back, NSW centre Michael Jennings.
Tigers head trainer John Skandalis said Barba was one of the best attacking players in the NRL.
‘‘Barba really hurt us out wide, you can’t give a team like that a sniff. We will need to improve against Penrith.’’
Adam Blair will front the judiciary tonight after pleading not guilty to a ‘‘dangerous contact — unnecessary leg pressure’’ charge.