Final rounds a mixed bag

Father and son: Wests Tiger's coach Ivan Cleary will come up against his son Nathan for the first time when the team faces the Panthers in round 22. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
Father and son: Wests Tiger's coach Ivan Cleary will come up against his son Nathan for the first time when the team faces the Panthers in round 22. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

With only seven rounds remaining in the NRL season the Wests Tigers are well and truly done and dusted.

The last few games the side will face present a mixed bag, with genuine title contenders and bottom-halfers to come for the second-last placed side.

This round will see the Tigers take on seventh-placed Parramatta Eels. This will be the first time the side faces former halfback Mitch Moses after his mid-season switch to the blue and gold.

Round 21 pits the team against the Gold Coast Titans for the second time, this time up at CBus Super Stadium.

The 12th-placed Titans will most likely deliver a repeat performance of their win at Campbelltown five weeks earlier.

First contact: Former Tiger Mitch Moses will come up against his old team for the first time this weekend. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

First contact: Former Tiger Mitch Moses will come up against his old team for the first time this weekend. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Coach Ivan Cleary will steer his team against his own son in round 22, when Nathan Cleary’s Penrith Panthers meet the orange, white and black at Pepper Stadium.

The Panthers currently sit just outside the eight but are consistently inconsistent, so this one could go either way.

In round 23 Wests will battle the currently third-placed Manly Sea Eagles in a home game at Leichhardt.

It is unlikely they will come up against former Tiger Curtis Sironen, who is out with an injured pectoral muscle.

Sydney Roosters will most likely eviscerate the Wests Tigers in round 24.

Unlikely: He's due to be out until round 26 but it's unlikely the New Zealand Warriors will play Sean Johnson for the last round. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP

Unlikely: He's due to be out until round 26 but it's unlikely the New Zealand Warriors will play Sean Johnson for the last round. Picture: Richard Wainwright/AAP

If Wests have any hope of winning it will come down to the Chooks’ missing fullback Michael Gordon (another pec injury) and hooker Jake Friend (who is expected back in round 23 with a broken hand, but time will tell).

North Queensland Cowboys – even with five players sidelined for the season – will still show too much class for the Tigers in round 25.

The New Zealand Warriors are, like the Panthers, inconsistent but if Sean Johnson can make his return from a knee complaint for the final round – which is unlikely – they’ll leave the Tigers with a last-round loss.