While the Jason Taylor-Robbie Farah saga continues to dominate the headlines, Wests Tigers are quietly emerging as a finals dark horse following their fifth win in eight outings against St George Illawarra last Sunday.
Unsurprisingly, recently-anointed NSW Origin fullback James Tedesco has played a key role in the resurgence after returning from a five-week injury layoff at the start of June.
Tedesco was at his sizzling best against the Saints, making 174 metres from 12 runs and streaking away for a long-range try – his 12th in just 14 appearances this season.
The Tigers sit in equal-ninth place with the Warriors and Dragons, just one win shy of the Titans and Panthers.
Their remaining games are against the Eels (A), Cowboys (H), Titans (H), Panthers (A), Warriors (A) and Raiders (H), of which they will need to win at least four to qualify for the playoffs.