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Sheens banking on big Leichhardt factor

By Ian McCullough 19/04/2009 02:59:51 PM Comments (0)

Tim Sheens is hoping Wests Tigers' return to Leichhardt Oval will kick-start a revival after back-to-back NRL defeats for his side.

The Tigers host Melbourne in Monday night football armed with the confidence garnered from an impressive record at their spiritual home.

The Tigers have won four of the last five meetings between the sides at the venerable old ground and Sheens said it was the perfect place for his team to rediscover their good form from earlier in the season.

"We've lost two after getting away to a good start, so that's put a bit of a dampener on things for us," he said.

"But it is a home game and we're looking forward to the new surface at Leichhardt and giving our fans a good showing.

"We've had good results against them over the years, not that that is going to win us the game.

"But I think we've prepared well and have got a good side and we give ourselves a more than a better chance of beating them."

Prop Todd Payten said despite the fact the Tigers have lost on their last two appearances at Leichhardt - to the Warriors and Canberra last year - the players can't wait to play there again.

"Both our rural grounds are a big benefit for us and we're looking to keep our home record intact," Patten said.

"We were not been overly impressive at Leichhardt last year so we're trying to make amends for that this week ... we're not going that great at the moment and we definitely need a win.

"We can improve in a whole range of areas. A few weeks ago it was our defence and last week it was our ball security, so there's a whole range of reasons why we're going so ordinary.

"We're just looking to improve across the park."

Melbourne fullback Billy Slater said the Storm were not underestimating a Tigers side that have conceded 82 points in their last two games against Penrith and Manly.

"They've lost their last two but the Wests Tigers are a side that are capable of turning up and throwing the ball around and everything sticking for them," said Slater.

"They've got those sort of players, the Chris Lawrences and Benji Marshalls and Dean Collis in the centres. They're all great attacking footballers so we're certainly going to have to control the ball.

"If they get their fair share of ball, they're going to hurt us."

Storm coach Craig Bellamy said new signing Brett Finch wouldn't play at five-eighth despite training on Friday with youngster James Maloney keeping the No.6 shirt.

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