Tigers hit by virus ahead of make-or-break weekend
NRL: A virus has hit the Wests Tigers camp in the week of the club's most important game so far this year.
Skipper Aaron Woods and veteran Dene Halatau were quarantined and bed-ridden with a virus that kept Kyle Lovett out of last week's win over the Warriors.
The Tigers need eighth-placed Gold Coast to lose to North Queensland on Saturday night, and then defeat Canberra at Leichhardt Oval the following day to steal the Titans' finals spot.
"It's not ideal, but at the end of the day we've got plenty of guys here that can fill in,” second-rower Chris Lawrence said on Thursday.
"These guys, particularly the ones away, are senior guys. They know what their role is and what they have to do. I'm sure they'll be here ready to go for the captain's run on Saturday.”
Canberra will also be avid watchers of Saturday's Melbourne-Cronulla game, with a Sharks loss opening the door for the Raiders to jag a home qualifying final.
The Tigers will turn into Cowboys supporters for the game in Townsville, where a Titans win would finalise this year's top eight and render the Leichhardt clash a dead rubber.
Lawrence said he hoped Canberra coach Ricky Stuart would not rest some of his players for the game.
"To be honest, I hope they don't because that's what you play footy for, to come up against the best teams and challenge yourself,” Lawrence said.
"If we do make the finals, we're going to have to play those types of teams anyway. If we can't be competitive with a full strength team, then we don't really deserve to be in the finals.”