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Wests Tigers CEO won't confirm SFS final

By Ben Horne 29/08/2010 06:43:04 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers NRL chief executive Stephen Humphreys will make a decision on a home final venue later this week, but refused to say whether he was leaning towards the Sydney Football Stadium or one of their suburban grounds.

After 20,168 supporters packed into Leichhardt Oval on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon, the chorus grew louder for the Tigers to come back there again in two weeks time for their opening playoff match.

With the absorbing atmosphere behind them, the Tigers lifted to a 26-14 win over Melbourne, and Storm captain Cameron Smith confirmed what most already suspected by saying Leichhardt is the place he'd least like to come to for finals match against the Tigers.

However there is an equally persuasive argument for the SFS getting the nod, with it's 40,000 plus capacity and more comfortable facilities for fans and corporates.

Campbelltown Stadium is Humphreys' other option, but he hinted that the SFS holds the inside running ahead of his meeting with the NRL about the issue this week.

"I wouldn't rule anything in or out although the advantage the SFS has is we can get more of our supporters into the game and in comfort and that is a strong factor as we think through the options, but we'll see how we go," he said.

"The NRL will have a view we'll have a listen to, but ultimately it will be our call and we'll just sleep on it and have chat (on Monday) amongst ourselves and the NRL and go from there.

"I think we're well aware of the Leichhardt factor.

"The good news for us is we've got three great venues the guys love playing at all three and it's a good problem for us to have.

"We've got a strong following and the form the guys have shown this year has really galvanised that support so I've got no doubt that whatever ground it is, they'll be full of Tigers supporters."

It's understood the Tigers would be against playing at the SFS if they were facing the Sydney Roosters in the first week of the finals, as it is their home ground as well.

But Humphreys' promised a final decision would be made before round 26 kicks off and final placings are known.

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