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Traditional Tigers games safe

By Adrian Warren 09/08/2004 05:14:28 AM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers plan to play some NRL home games at Telstra Stadium will not threaten traditional showdowns at their core venues, club officials said after a record attendance at Leichhardt Oval.

The joint venture club attracted its biggest ever home crowd of 19,402, beating a figure of 18,883 set at the same venue against Parramatta in round 12.

Tigers chief Steve Noyce confirmed the club was considering shifting some of its home games to the vastly larger Olympic venue.

"There's some different sorts of games we can play (at Telstra) for commercial reasons, and some traditional games we can play at Leichhardt and Campbelltown," Noyce said.

"I think today proved that if you play the more traditional type game at the traditional venues they are really well supported."

Tigers skipper and hooker Darren Senter, who was making his final appearance at Leichhardt before retirement, described it as "a special place" because of the passion of the supporters.

The noise generated by the crowd was just as noticeable as its size according to Tigers' second-rower Mark O'Neill.

He returned to action today having missed the last two rounds after being king hit by Melbourne forward Danny Williams.

"When you get that kind of crowd here, it feels like you've got 40,000 because they are right on top of you, and close, and make a hell of a lot of noise," O'Neill said.

Tigers legend Paul Sironen, one of several members of Balmain's 1989 grand final team present, said the game was a throwback to "the good old days".

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