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Unread post by Geo. » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 11:40 am

Wests Tigers 2017 season review

Mon 04 Sep, 2017, 3:00pm
By Alicia Newton‌, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com
EMAIL PRINT
Wests Tigers 2017 season review
The Wests Tigers celebrate during their Round 17 win over Newcastle. Credit: Paul Barkley. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Where to begin on the season that was for the Wests Tigers?

It was a rollercoaster year that started with victory over Robbie Farah's Rabbitohs in the opening round of the season, before former Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor was shown the door a fortnight later.

Then more trouble struck Concord with skipper Aaron Woods announcing his departure, followed by strike weapon James Tedesco confirming a move to the Sydney Roosters in 2018.

Ivan Cleary was announced as head coach only days before the pair confirmed their moves, and immediately added stability declaring he only wanted players who were willing to be "on the bus" in 2018.

Five-eighth Mitchell Moses wasn't one of those players after agreeing to join Parramatta next season, and Cleary let him go in a sour exit to his career at the club.

And in-between all that (believe it or not), there were games of football played.

After finishing ninth and missing the finals by a single miserable point in 2016, the signs were there for the club to continue a charge towards playing September football.

But their slide down the Telstra Premiership ladder was a fair assessment of the impact off-field drama can have on a club.

Where they excelled: There are some positives to take out of the season for Cleary to build on next season. Statistically the Wests Tigers ranked fourth best in the Telstra Premiership for offloads after a quiet 2016 in that department. The Tigers' second-phase play returned predominantly on the back of Woods and David Nofoaluma, while the forward pack were notorious for passing between each other in the lead up to a run – doing so the most of any side in the competition. Cleary's men also finished with the second best disciplinary record in the league, conceding only 5.6 penalties per game on average.

Where they struggled: The Tigers couldn't string back-to-back wins together all year and suffered eight losses by a margin of eight points or less – with the inability to come up with a big play in critical stages of a game highlighted by Cleary in post-game press conferences. Their defence was again an issue, ranked fourth worst in the league, while they were ranked second behind Penrith for most missed tackles over the course of the season. Injuries to key personnel and representative duties also hurt them, with Tedesco missing games during the Origin period for the club.

Missing in action: It was built up to be a signing to fire the Wests Tigers' edge attack, but the recruitment of one-time Kangaroo Jamal Idris proved luckless from the start. Former coach Taylor used Idris off the bench in the early rounds before Cleary give him a permanent spot in the centres, but the season was soon over for the big-name signing in May with the 27-year-old suffering a torn ACL. Back-rower Chris Lawrence was also disrupted with injury throughout the year, while Matt Ballin announced his retirement after managing just three games in two seasons at the club.

Turning point: Cleary's takeover was no doubt the turning point for the club. He added stability in settling the futures of Tedesco and Woods as quickly as possible, before agreeing to release Moses and signing a host of new recruits both mid-season and for 2018. The on-field improvement began to prosper as the season went on, with victories over the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans impressive on the road, and the last-minute win against Manly in Round 23 at Leichhardt Oval another season highlight.

Hold your head high: Matt McIlwrick. With conjecture over the hooking role in 2017 following the departure of Farah, the 26-year-old journeyman has found a home at Concord on the back of a solid year. McIlwrick managed 23 out of a possible 24 games – missing the final clash of the season through suspension – and along with ever-consistent forward Elijah Taylor got through plenty of defensive work throughout the year. Both McIlwrick and Taylor secured their futures at the club long-term and are set to gel well with the new recruits next season.

Nofoaluma was another who returned to career-best form and never missed a minute in 2017, leading the side for metres gained (174 on average), offloads (54) and line breaks (15) to finish the season. Rookies Esan Marsters and Matt Eisenhuth were also shining lights at the backend of the season after receiving NRL call-ups and will no doubt feature heavily in the squad for the future.

2018 crystal ball: A new era will begin for the Wests Tigers with a host of new recruits headlined by Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds and Kiwi internationals Russell Packer and Ben Matulino arriving at Concord. The club may have bid farewell to Tedesco and Woods, but will welcome the return of life member and crowd favourite Benji Marshall to help keep the club's identity and a taste of the past in tact. Like any side that will undergo vast changes in the roster over a pre-season, combinations will need to stick early, but there is no reason why they can't be aiming for a top eight spot next season.

Conclusion: It was a season to forget for the joint venture off the paddock with a coach sacking and some home-grown talent choosing to depart at season's end creating all the headlines. But with Cleary adding some stability and a host of new talent unearthed to join big name recruits next season, it shapes as a positive outlook for the short-term chances of success for suffering Wests Tigers fans in 2018.

SEASON STATISTICS
Wins: 7
Losses: 17
Position: 14th ..Equal 13th..
Home Record: 3-9
Away Record: 4-8
Longest Winning Streak: 1 game
Longest Losing Streak: 7 games (Round 10-16)
Players Used: 30
Tries Scored: 70
Tries Conceded: 104

http://www.nrl.com/wests-tigers-2017-se ... fault.aspx
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Unread post by hobbo » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 12:17 pm

Geo. wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 11:40 am
Wests Tigers 2017 season review

Mon 04 Sep, 2017, 3:00pm
By Alicia Newton‌, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com
EMAIL PRINT
Wests Tigers 2017 season review
The Wests Tigers celebrate during their Round 17 win over Newcastle. Credit: Paul Barkley. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Where to begin on the season that was for the Wests Tigers?

It was a rollercoaster year that started with victory over Robbie Farah's Rabbitohs in the opening round of the season, before former Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor was shown the door a fortnight later.

Then more trouble struck Concord with skipper Aaron Woods announcing his departure, followed by strike weapon James Tedesco confirming a move to the Sydney Roosters in 2018.

Ivan Cleary was announced as head coach only days before the pair confirmed their moves, and immediately added stability declaring he only wanted players who were willing to be "on the bus" in 2018.

Five-eighth Mitchell Moses wasn't one of those players after agreeing to join Parramatta next season, and Cleary let him go in a sour exit to his career at the club.

And in-between all that (believe it or not), there were games of football played.

After finishing ninth and missing the finals by a single miserable point in 2016, the signs were there for the club to continue a charge towards playing September football.

But their slide down the Telstra Premiership ladder was a fair assessment of the impact off-field drama can have on a club.

Where they excelled: There are some positives to take out of the season for Cleary to build on next season. Statistically the Wests Tigers ranked fourth best in the Telstra Premiership for offloads after a quiet 2016 in that department. The Tigers' second-phase play returned predominantly on the back of Woods and David Nofoaluma, while the forward pack were notorious for passing between each other in the lead up to a run – doing so the most of any side in the competition. Cleary's men also finished with the second best disciplinary record in the league, conceding only 5.6 penalties per game on average.

Where they struggled: The Tigers couldn't string back-to-back wins together all year and suffered eight losses by a margin of eight points or less – with the inability to come up with a big play in critical stages of a game highlighted by Cleary in post-game press conferences. Their defence was again an issue, ranked fourth worst in the league, while they were ranked second behind Penrith for most missed tackles over the course of the season. Injuries to key personnel and representative duties also hurt them, with Tedesco missing games during the Origin period for the club.

Missing in action: It was built up to be a signing to fire the Wests Tigers' edge attack, but the recruitment of one-time Kangaroo Jamal Idris proved luckless from the start. Former coach Taylor used Idris off the bench in the early rounds before Cleary give him a permanent spot in the centres, but the season was soon over for the big-name signing in May with the 27-year-old suffering a torn ACL. Back-rower Chris Lawrence was also disrupted with injury throughout the year, while Matt Ballin announced his retirement after managing just three games in two seasons at the club.

Turning point: Cleary's takeover was no doubt the turning point for the club. He added stability in settling the futures of Tedesco and Woods as quickly as possible, before agreeing to release Moses and signing a host of new recruits both mid-season and for 2018. The on-field improvement began to prosper as the season went on, with victories over the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans impressive on the road, and the last-minute win against Manly in Round 23 at Leichhardt Oval another season highlight.

Hold your head high: Matt McIlwrick. With conjecture over the hooking role in 2017 following the departure of Farah, the 26-year-old journeyman has found a home at Concord on the back of a solid year. McIlwrick managed 23 out of a possible 24 games – missing the final clash of the season through suspension – and along with ever-consistent forward Elijah Taylor got through plenty of defensive work throughout the year. Both McIlwrick and Taylor secured their futures at the club long-term and are set to gel well with the new recruits next season.

Nofoaluma was another who returned to career-best form and never missed a minute in 2017, leading the side for metres gained (174 on average), offloads (54) and line breaks (15) to finish the season. Rookies Esan Marsters and Matt Eisenhuth were also shining lights at the backend of the season after receiving NRL call-ups and will no doubt feature heavily in the squad for the future.

2018 crystal ball: A new era will begin for the Wests Tigers with a host of new recruits headlined by Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds and Kiwi internationals Russell Packer and Ben Matulino arriving at Concord. The club may have bid farewell to Tedesco and Woods, but will welcome the return of life member and crowd favourite Benji Marshall to help keep the club's identity and a taste of the past in tact. Like any side that will undergo vast changes in the roster over a pre-season, combinations will need to stick early, but there is no reason why they can't be aiming for a top eight spot next season.

Conclusion: It was a season to forget for the joint venture off the paddock with a coach sacking and some home-grown talent choosing to depart at season's end creating all the headlines. But with Cleary adding some stability and a host of new talent unearthed to join big name recruits next season, it shapes as a positive outlook for the short-term chances of success for suffering Wests Tigers fans in 2018.

SEASON STATISTICS
Wins: 7
Losses: 17
Position: 14th ..Equal 13th..
Home Record: 3-9
Away Record: 4-8
Longest Winning Streak: 1 game
Longest Losing Streak: 7 games (Round 10-16)
Players Used: 30
Tries Scored: 70
Tries Conceded: 104

http://www.nrl.com/wests-tigers-2017-se ... fault.aspx
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"Equal 13th"
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Unread post by Fade To Black » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 3:50 pm

The 8 losses by 8points or less just further magnifies how problematic our lack of a decent kicking game was (or still is). Quality, strategic kicking would have allowed us to win more than a few of those games. Unless Benji is in the team next year I cannot really see our kicking game improve much- that is the real concern for 2018. We need a half or hooker with an above-average kicking game to be able to genuinely compete in the next few seasons.

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Unread post by stryker » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 6:29 pm

Its a good summary of yet another putrid season. 15 of them since inception now. Aweful stuff.
Cant wait for 'next year'. Will 2018 be that year? Probably but who knows really....

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Unread post by will1999 » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 6:38 pm

we should of one the 2 games against the sharks


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Unread post by Tiger Steve » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm

We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game

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Unread post by stryker » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:25 pm

Tiger Steve wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm
We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game
Missed tackles are just a fact of life in the NRL. Sometimes its an indicator of the breakneck pace of the game ala origin 2 where both sides missed heaps or incompetence at slowing the ruck down which is usually our domain. For mine it is what happens when the tackle is missed that counts. We have fairly good scramble which is a positive. Hopefully our new pigs will help ET slow down the ruck when they arrive.

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Unread post by Tiger Steve » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:28 pm

stryker wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:25 pm
Tiger Steve wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm
We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game
Missed tackles are just a fact of life in the NRL. Sometimes its an indicator of the breakneck pace of the game ala origin 2 where both sides missed heaps or incompetence at slowing the ruck down which is usually our domain. For mine it is what happens when the tackle is missed that counts. We have fairly good scramble which is a positive. Hopefully our new pigs will help ET slow down the ruck when they arrive.
Yeah I think your last point is spot on. We are forever playing catch up in defence because we don't slow the play the ball and teams get on a roll.

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Unread post by Tigerdave » Tue 05 Sep, 2017 11:53 pm

That's a fairly spot on review, Cleary has been a massive boost for the club. With a full off season and a heap of new players, hopefully a lot of the issues in not be able to win those close games will be sorted. As others have said, I'm also not too sure if the 5th tackle stuff will be sorted, not holding my breath unfortunately.

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Unread post by Geo. » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 7:15 am

HOW IT ALL WENT WRONG FOR WESTS TIGERS IN SEASON 2017
Paul Crawley, The Daily Telegraph
September 6, 2017 2:18pm

ALL aboard Ivan’s bus.

That’s the catchcry following a season where the troubled Wests Tigers hit rock-bottom but managed to scramble back some dignity and increasing hope of better days in 2018.

With the regular season wrapped up for 2017, we take a look back at what went wrong for the eight teams that missed the finals. Read on for the Wests Tigers’ end-of-season review.

WHERE THEY FINISHED
14th. Equal 13th

It was another chaotic year for the Tigers.

WHAT WENT WRONG?
You could see this coming a mile off.

Jason Taylor addressed the media before the start of the season at Concord Oval where Taylor said the club would not be fuelling further speculation surrounding the futures of the off contract “big four”.

In theory it was a terrific idea.

Of course, history shows from there it descended into a farce.

Taylor was sacked after three rounds and ultimately the club also lost the fight to keep Aaron Woods and James Tedesco, while Mitchell Moses asked for a release to join Parramatta after Moses had his offer pulled when the club decided Luke Brooks was the priority.

In hindsight, the club would have been better served making the tough call on Taylor over the summer, at least giving Ivan Cleary a shot at trying to clean up the mess before another season was wasted.

Sacked coach Jason Taylor had just three rounds before the axe fell.

WHAT WENT RIGHT
Cleary’s arrival has at least given the club stability heading forward. It is obvious he has the players’ respect and that has been reflected with improved performances, if not resulting in wins, in the back end of the season.

Although they’ve lost Woods, Tedesco and Moses, they have made some significant signings for next year, among them Josh Reynolds, Russell Packer and Ben Matulino.

The biggest positive for the fans is that the board has finally given power to the coach. Now let’s see them stick solid.

STATS THAT SUM UP THE SEASON
The Tigers only managed seven wins, the equal worst in the joint venture’s history. They also finished with their worst home record, winning 3 of 12.

On top of that they scored the fewest points (413) apart from the Bulldogs only and the fewest tries (70). They conceded 571 points and 104 tries, which was the third worst in the NRL. They also missed more tackles than any other team, averaging just over 32 a game.

IT’S A SHAMBLES: THE MAIN AREA THEY NEED TO IMPROVE
For too long the Tigers have sold themselves on talent and promise, now it’s time to deliver.

Like the stats show, they have a hell of a lot of work to do.

Back at their pre-season launch in 2015 the club handed out a strategic plan where they indicated the aim was to become a top four team by 2017.

While they’ve finished 14th this year, they again showed in patches that at their best they can compete with the best. They just need to do it consistently.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE SEASON
The win over North Queensland in Townsville in round six was pretty special given it was Cleary’s first since taking over.

Even so, you’d have to say the highlight was the last-minute win over Manly in round 23.

Down 20-6 at halftime, the Tigers stormed home to win 30-26 when winger Malakai Watene-Zelezniak crossed with only 80 seconds left on the clock.

With Manly fighting for a top four spot, they had everything to play for but the Tigers were deserving winners.

It sparked wild celebrations at old Leichhardt that wouldn’t have looked out of place after a sudden-death semi-final.

The Tigers are looking towards a more positive 2018.

LOWLIGHT OF THE SEASON
They sure had some disappointments in 2017 but the Tim Simona drugs and betting scandal would have to take the cake. For a club that has gone through so much turmoil in recent years, this was the lowlight.

BIG NAME RECRUITS
Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Ben Matulino (Warriors), Russell Packer (Dragons), Benji Marshall (Broncos)

BIG NAME LOSSES
Aaron Woods (Bulldogs), James Tedesco (Roosters), Mitchell Moses (Eels).

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT YEAR
BEST POSSIBLE SCENARIO
I’m tipping the Tigers to be one of the big improvers and push for the top eight. The club has finally given the coach authority and the players no longer have any excuses.

WORST POSSIBLE SCENARIO
It can’t possibly get any worse than 2017. It looks like the Tigers have turned the corner under Cleary and even if they don’t step up the ladder Cleary will be at least given time to get it right.

COACH SAFETY RATING
9: Cleary is fresh in the job and building a squad. The club will give him the time he needs.

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Unread post by Russell » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 8:27 am

stryker wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:25 pm
Tiger Steve wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm
We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game
Missed tackles are just a fact of life in the NRL. Sometimes its an indicator of the breakneck pace of the game ala origin 2 where both sides missed heaps or incompetence at slowing the ruck down which is usually our domain. For mine it is what happens when the tackle is missed that counts. We have fairly good scramble which is a positive. Hopefully our new pigs will help ET slow down the ruck when they arrive.
Maybe ET can have some "slow down the ruck" classes during the off season.

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Unread post by westTAHger » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 9:31 am

These words describe the season.
Could have, should have, but DIDN'T.
:sign: once a sprite in black and white.
now I am bold, in black, white and gold



" Hell and heaven, they can wait for you,
So go and do all the things that you want to do ".

From the Stereophonics song " C'est La Vie

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Unread post by barra » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 10:04 am

Russell wrote:
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 8:27 am
stryker wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:25 pm
Tiger Steve wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm
We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game
Missed tackles are just a fact of life in the NRL. Sometimes its an indicator of the breakneck pace of the game ala origin 2 where both sides missed heaps or incompetence at slowing the ruck down which is usually our domain. For mine it is what happens when the tackle is missed that counts. We have fairly good scramble which is a positive. Hopefully our new pigs will help ET slow down the ruck when they arrive.
Maybe ET can have some "slow down the ruck" classes during the off season.
Yeah, ET gets it. Hopefully the penny is starting to drop with others too, our middle defenders pushing across and general intent in defence did improve a lot toward the back of the season.

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Unread post by jirskyr » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 12:22 pm

Geo. wrote:
Thu 07 Sep, 2017 7:15 am
Taylor was sacked after three rounds and ultimately the club also lost the fight to keep Aaron Woods and James Tedesco, while Mitchell Moses asked for a release to join Parramatta after Moses had his offer pulled when the club decided Luke Brooks was the priority.


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Srsly how hard is it for journos to get the details right? Tigers decided Tedesco and Woods were priorities and that is when Slimey asked for a release. Ignoring of course that Slimey had a strong offer on the table for some time and stalled. Given the Parra offer came in so quickly, he was stalling to push up the competitive pricing.

When was Luke Brooks ever prioritised over anyone? If anything Brooks' overall priority and value decreased this year, and if the speculation is to be believed, he's on a smaller contract than he was previously.

Brooks I am guessing just saw the writing on the wall and decided not to play silly buggers with his future contract, unlike the other 3.

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Unread post by TigerSJ » Thu 07 Sep, 2017 1:00 pm

stryker wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:25 pm
Tiger Steve wrote:
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 9:16 pm
We simply must get our missed tackles per game down. I don't know the stat but we must average around 35 missed tackles a game
Missed tackles are just a fact of life in the NRL. Sometimes its an indicator of the breakneck pace of the game ala origin 2 where both sides missed heaps or incompetence at slowing the ruck down which is usually our domain. For mine it is what happens when the tackle is missed that counts. We have fairly good scramble which is a positive. Hopefully our new pigs will help ET slow down the ruck when they arrive.
I can often tell when the Tiges have turned up to play by watching their line speed in D. When they slip back to waiting for the attack to come to them then they are always in trouble. The opposition then start getting across the advantage line, we start back peddling and coupled with not slowing the ptb down we allow them a big roll on. Our D problems however don't only stop there, there are also 1 v 1 technique issues, reading the play issues, simple numbering up, dumb slow thinking guys around the ruck plus lack of desperation to defend our line.

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