New fullback for the Wests Tigers, Moses Mbye, will face his former club this Friday night as he takes on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
The Dogs are gearing up for a showdown against the Tigers who are still clinging to the hope of making finals in 2018 if results go their way.
Carrying his form across to Wests, Mbye has made the most of his mid-season transfer to the Tigers after salary cap issues forced him out of Canterbury.
Mbye has been a pivotal player in only his three games for the Tigers, providing stability at the back and scoring the match-sealing try against the Rabbitohs last weekend to keep their finals hopes alive.
Former teammate Michael Lichaa told reporters on Tuesday they’re cautious of the form Mbye is in.
“He’s playing some good footy over there and they’re winning games so he’s in a pretty good moment,” Lichaa said.
“We’re going to have to be at our best to stop him.”
The Dogs will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss, and are aiming to get crucial points to stay ahead of equal bottom-placed teams the Cowboys and Eels.
Canterbury are currently sitting in 14th place on the ladder, only for and agaisnt difference keeping them aloft of the dreaded wooden spoon position.
Over the Dogs’ 83-year history in the NRL, they have finished with the wooden spoon on five occasions, and only foundation club South Sydney has finished with more spoons, (eight).
Lichaa conceded it’s been a rough 2018 season and they don’t want to end it on a sour note.
“We know it’s there. We don’t want that. It’s been a tough year on and off the field, a lot of things have happened,” Lichaa said.
“But we’re still competing every week. I think it’s been six to eight games where we’ve lost under six points. If we win those games, it’s a different year for us.
“Obviously a couple of guys switch clubs, and we’ve got a few star players that are injured. It’s been a tough year and we don’t want the wooden spoon.”
Mbye will be hoping to force more misery upon his former side as he tries to help Wests make the finals for the first time since 2011.