NRL Preview: Potter hopeful of winning physical battle

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NRL Preview: Potter hopeful of winning physical battle

Post by willow » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 8:23 pm

NRL Preview: Potter hopeful of winning physical battle
By Wayne Cousins
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Sunday 18 August 2013 10:41 AM
NRL Preview: Potter hopeful of winning physical battle

Wests Tigers Coach Mick Potter says his side must physically match it with competition leaders the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Monday night.

Speaking this morning prior to the team’s final training session, Potter said the Roosters have a very good defensive pattern but has spotted some weaknesses he will be hoping his players can explore.

“They will be tough but I think we can break them down. We will target a couple of their players. We will test their back three as well,’’ Potter said.

“Defensively, they are pretty complete and they have plenty of strike (power) with the ball. You think you have got them shut down and they will have another crack at you the next play. They also back themselves on the last play.

“This game is about physically matching the Roosters and then coming up with a couple of plays that can break them down.

“We need to do that for 80 minutes. As a group of young guys, we are struggling with that. We compete for periods in the game and then we get broken down ourselves later in the game because perhaps some of the young players don’t have that endurance. We need to up that mentally.

“We are going in with a mindset of winning the game. We don’t just want to come out and compete and people say ‘the Wests Tigers have done okay because we kept within X amount’.

Potter said he had also spoken to departing five-eighth Benji Marshall about the legacy he wants to leave rugby league with before starting a new career in rugby after a few weeks of indifferent form.

“He wants to finish in the best possible way and I want him to do that. I don’t know if that is going to happen. It is no lack of trying from Benji. I can’t ask any more of what he is doing on the field and what he is doing off the field to try and get that to happen.’’ Potter said.

“Last week, I thought he had a remarkably improved performance from the week before. I think the majority of our players were improved from the week before. It is not a lack of want from everyone to want Benji and the team to win games. Everyone is generally trying in their own way.”

Meanwhile, Potter said he was hoping to have inspirational captain Robbie Farah return from a hand injury against St George-Illawarra next Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Farah sees a specialist this week and if ruled out, will likely return against South Sydney the following round.


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Post by 851 » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 8:47 pm

Yeh right,match easts physically,dream on.
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 8:49 pm

Reading this reminds me of the go-forward the Roosters manage....they always bend the line, get tackled facing the right way on elbows/knees, usually up playing the ball before defenders are at marker....they usually win the physical battle.

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Post by Knuckles » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 9:07 pm

If I was coach I would tell the boys to go out and enjoy themselves. Have a good time, throw the ball around and entertain the faithful who dare to go out to the match and cheer on the team. Bit like St.George did against Cronulla last night .... It almost got them the win.

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Post by cunno » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 9:49 pm

i'm hoping there is a lot more commitment from WTs against easts than they showed against souths don't want to sit and watch another capitulation.


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Post by innsaneink » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 9:52 pm

Knuckles wrote:If I was coach I would tell the boys to go out and enjoy themselves. Have a good time, throw the ball around and entertain the faithful who dare to go out to the match and cheer on the team. Bit like St.George did against Cronulla last night .... It almost got them the win.
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Post by LaT » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 10:09 pm

Knuckles wrote:If I was coach I would tell the boys to go out and enjoy themselves. Have a good time, throw the ball around and entertain the faithful who dare to go out to the match and cheer on the team. Bit like St.George did against Cronulla last night .... It almost got them the win.
And what about if falls apart and we get 50 put on us?

Would you be in here tomorrow defending Potters choice of game plan?
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Post by pHyR3 » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 10:09 pm

Wouldnt be surprised if we did match it physicaly. But they will beat us with skill and defence.
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Post by tigergirlz » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 10:22 pm

Bah! We have NO hope. We'll be lucky to pull off one set move....and stop one try when Rooters break the line. Gonna be a long night

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Post by reyre2000 » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 10:50 pm

meh, this douche bag is starting to get like all the other useless members of this footy team and talking too much crap. Put up or shut up Potter. Maybe you should coach em all a little bit harder to get results and drop some of the dead weight. Talking crap isnt gonna get you the result. The seasons gone, Benchy doesnt give a turd about this club (anyone that says he does need their head read after the way he has played, pulled out of a contract and been acting off the field this year) Id drop Ayshford and Benji just because they are leaving and adding nothing to the team, screw giving this deserter a 200 game stat send off. Put anyone in their place, anyone in their positions can lose this game just as well as these 2 muppets.
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Post by happy tiger » Sun 18 Aug, 2013 11:19 pm

Look you are all being sucked in ,when has a coach ever told the opposition what their game plan will be the night before a game

Why would tell the opposition you will try and challenge them in the forwards and try and focus on their back three

I'm betting on us playing as Ink calls it "Benji Ball"

Pity we couldn't try and play like we did for that 10-15 minute period in the second half v Manly

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Post by Winnipeg » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 3:21 am

I just want to see our boys put in a good effort... can't really expect a win

innsaneink wrote:Reading this reminds me of the go-forward the Roosters manage....they always bend the line, get tackled facing the right way on elbows/knees, usually up playing the ball before defenders are at marker....they usually win the physical battle.

reminds me of the 2010 semi... I thought the Chooks would roll over us in the forwards but we really stood up to them





then they beat us somehow :?

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Post by Newtown » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 4:00 am

Any chance that Lote and Benji can turn back the clock? It really depends on whether our forwards can show some real spirit.

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Post by Knuckles » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 6:45 am

LaT wrote:
Knuckles wrote:If I was coach I would tell the boys to go out and enjoy themselves. Have a good time, throw the ball around and entertain the faithful who dare to go out to the match and cheer on the team. Bit like St.George did against Cronulla last night .... It almost got them the win.
And what about if falls apart and we get 50 put on us?

Would you be in here tomorrow defending Potters choice of game plan?
No mate .... I'll leave that for you .... You're better at it than me :roll:

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Post by Eye Of Da Tiger » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 7:16 am

Mission impossible!!!

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Post by king sirro » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 7:32 am

Potter blaming the young guys again. Im sick of it.
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Post by Newtown » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 9:20 am

king sirro wrote:Potter blaming the young guys again. Im sick of it.
Potter seems to be in urgent need of assistance himself. When will the new assistant coaches be named?

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Post by stevetiger » Mon 19 Aug, 2013 9:38 am

king sirro wrote:Potter blaming the young guys again. Im sick of it.
When did he do that ? I think you are reading way too much into this.

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