NSW Cup Preview - North Sydney Bears vs Wests Tigers

North Sydney Bears vs Wests Tigers

North Sydney Oval, Sunday 5 May

Kick-off: 3pm


Summary
: The Bears will be looking to keep the pressure on the Sharks for top spot when they host a Tigers side that has been decimated by injury.


Currently three points clear of the third placed Windsor Wolves, the Bears will be looking for their seventh straight win on Sunday, in a start to the season that has their supporters daring to dream about October football.


A side that was there on the final day of the season last year, the Wests Tigers, cant afford to look ahead too far at present and need to focus on the now, and specifically how they can get through the clubs current injury crisis.


But even given their current predicament, the Tigers still field a handy side, but there will be plenty of pressure on the sides young halves combination in Brooks and Madden.


On the flip-side for the Bears, their young half in Luke Keary has been taking the competition by the scruff of the neck throughout the first few months, and his battle with Brooks here is an interesting one indeed.


No Josh Starling here for the Bears, handing Brad Lupi an opportunity to start while Justin Hunt may be a late inclusion if he isnt needed by the Rabbitohs on Friday night in Brisbane.


Talking Point: Grin and Bear it Prior to the start of the season, most people looked at the wealth of depth that the new Wests Tigers VB NSW Cup side had and thought that they would definitely be one of the teams to beat in 2013.


And while they may well still go on to challenge for the title later in the year, they are certainly doing it tough at the moment, and will need to explore every last inch of that depth at the club over the coming weeks.


An unbelievable injury toll has hit the club over the past month, and as a result, a large volume of players who would normally be running out for Paul Fletcher on Sunday will instead be at ANZ Stadium on Friday night playing NRL.


Prediction: Given the Tigers injuries woes, it would be hard to see them topple a near full strength Bears at home.


Bears by 14.