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Gus - Wests Tigers need Inspired Performance..

Post by Geo. » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 11:51 am

Gus: Wests Tigers need inspired performance to beat Melbourne Storm
By Phil Gould
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I can think of three reasons why the West Tigers can beat the Melbourne Storm in their big Sunday football clash this afternoon.

Reason number one: The West Tigers have a new coach.

Reason number two: The spirits from those past players, who now inhabit this mystic venue called Leichhardt Oval, will lift the local boys to extraordinary new heights of performance.

Reason number three: The Melbourne team bus will break down on the way to the football and the Tigers will be declared winners by default.

Okay, so maybe the first two reasons are a little far-fetched. But Wests Tigers fans can always hope that the Melbourne Storm boys don’t make it to the ground.

The way I see it though, provided Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy’s travel plans have his players on the playing pitch in time for kick-off, the Melbourne Storm boys will be singing a victory song at the conclusion of this match this afternoon.

More on the Storm in a moment.

The Wests Tigers are currently in a world of hurt. Poor on-field performances over the last two weeks have resulted in their head coach Jason Taylor being shown the door. That’s without even mentioning the off-field dramas, which have undoubtedly had a distracting effect on the team’s performances.

I know we often see teams produce huge reversals in form in the space of a week when they have a change of coach mid-season; but unless interim head coach Andrew Webster has a huge magic wand to wave over this team, I can’t see this being a factor in producing a turnaround for the Wests Tigers fortunes this afternoon.

What we may witness is a more emotional and animated start to the game from the local boys, but I have serious doubts they can sustain this over the full 80 minutes of play. Nothing I have seen from in the first three rounds of this competition suggest they have that in them. Even in their big first round victory over South Sydney they were poor over the last 20 minutes of the match when holding a commanding lead.

In the next two weeks against the Panthers and the Raiders they have been competitive for half an hour or so, but conceded 36 and 46 points respectively in the last 50 minutes of both those games.

Their defensive line has been quite brittle at times. They have been losing the battle of the advantage line in the middle of the field and this has left them vulnerable down the edges. They have lacked physicality at the point of collision. My favourite saying in football is that “If you don’t win the battle of the “hitting”, then you are not going to win the other battles either”. The Wests Tigers have been consistently losing these battles.

The West Tigers outside backs like to employ a fast moving, up-and-in defensive style to rush and harass opposition playmakers. It’s impossible to employ this style of attacking defense with any great effect, if your forwards are giving up easy yardage around the ruck area. The return from injury of lock forward Elijah Taylor will undoubtedly improve their work ethic around the middle of the field, however, he will need to inspire all around him if they are to match it with this Melbourne Storm forward pack.

Attack wise, in their last two games, they have only produced one try in 160 minutes of football; that being a 70-m intercept effort from winger David Nofoaluma. Despite all the talk of the attacking flare this team possesses, they have not created themselves a try since the 57th minute of their round one match.

This seems quite incredible given the obvious talents of their playmakers Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses, and the brilliant attacking skills of livewire fullback James Tedesco.

In all fairness, I can find no fault with the efforts or contributions of Tedesco over the opening rounds. He is a passionate and effervescent player. He is constantly looking to be involved in the action and is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous ball runners in the NRL today.

The West Tigers halves have been extremely disappointing. There has been a lack of care about their football in recent times. By this I mean they are prepared to speculate, without any thought for the consequence of their actions. They are not building their game over the course of the 80 minutes. They are probably guilty of trying to play a brand of football that is beyond the capability of the team at this time.

Mind you, they have been playing behind a beaten forward pack. The Wests Tigers big men all need to come together and work as a unit. They will need to rise to a level of performance not yet seen this season, if they are to be any chance in this match

As I have said many times over the years, this is the most clinical and professional football team in the NRL. I often stop short of saying they are the best football team in the competition, but they certainly beat a lot of the teams who think they are.

Since Craig Bellamy took over as head coach of the Storm, they have never lost a first-round match. Over the past six seasons they have only lost one game in their opening three rounds. That’s 17 wins from 18 starts over the opening three rounds of the competition.

Over the first four rounds of competition since 2012: the Storm has won 19/23 matches. The next best is Brisbane with 15/24. The Cronulla Sharks have the worst record over this initial month of football with 7 wins from 23 matches. These are incredible statistics.

It goes to show just how meticulously this team is prepared during the off-season and how every week they ready are to give of their best. Some coaches and teams are guilty of easing their way into the new season. Craig Bellamy coached teams are at your throat from the get go.

Playing football against the Melbourne Storm is a bit like going around your mate’s place for a game of cricket. It's his backyard, so it's his rules. You find yourself having to bowl and field the ball all day because he won’t give you a turn with the bat. You’re lucky if you even offers you a lemonade.

That’s the Melbourne Storm. They get on with playing their game. They don’t allow you to play your game.

Led by big boys Jesse Bromwich and Jordan Maclean, the Melbourne Storm forwards are ruthless when it comes to the power and energy they expend in the rough-and-tumble. Their work ethic is simply amazing. If the form holds up from the first three rounds of the competition, they will have plenty of joy this afternoon against the Tigers.

After a short, sharp, battle, I expect the Melbourne forwards to eventually take command. This will open the way for Melbourne’s champion playmakers Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk to go about their work.

These two men are amongst the best in history in punishing the weaknesses in opposition defensive lines. They will aim their missiles at the Tiger’s little men on the edges of the field. This will threaten the decision-making powers of their outside backs as they try to come in and close down the play. The Melbourne Storm playmakers have a vast repertoire of running patterns and passing rushes to test the Tigers in these areas.

The inexperienced left-sided pairing of Michael Chee-Kam and youngster Moses Suli will see plenty of traffic coming their way this afternoon. Cronk and fullback Billy Slater will ensure their right centre Will Chambers sees plenty of opportunities to attack. I'm putting him down for two tries today.

It was wonderful to see champion fullback Billy Slater return to action last weekend. I know he made a few errors, but that came from simply trying to hard. It will take him a few weeks to get back into his rhythm. The one thing that was painfully obvious so, is that Billy has lost none of his speed. Some of his movement patterns last week really had the opposition defensive line under pressure.

He will derive great benefit from getting that first match under his belt. Young Cameron Munster has been absolutely wonderful in Billy’s absence over the past 12 months. Actually, he’s been extraordinary. But even with his first touch of the ball last weekend after such a long way off, we were reminded there is only one Billy Slater. Let’s hope he has an injury free run from now until the end of his career. We have missed him.

Taking all things into consideration, unless we see a huge reversal of form from both teams, I can see nothing but a dominant Melbourne Storm victory this afternoon.

Enjoy your Sunday footy.

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Post by steve-o » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:02 pm

I imagine channel 9 wouldn't want too many potential viewers reading that article. It doesn't entice the average pundit to turn on the footy at 4pm today.
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Post by Geo. » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:10 pm

I'll go Reason 3..
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
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Post by Masterton » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:19 pm

$1.51 for Storm is very tempting, especially if Woods isn't playing.
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Post by happy tiger » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:21 pm

Lets hope a copy of this article has been delivered to every WT's player

If this doesn't embarrass them into some sort of fightback nothing will

I wonder if their is something behind this article .....in the old days in Brisbane when a coach wanted to fire his side up he would get the legendary Bob Bax to right an article in the Sunday Sun (now Sunday Mail) bagging their side and key players into firing up

Balls to the walls boys , lets fire up and leave Melbourne players wishing they had missed selection table and or plane flight :sign:

No mercy , no surrender


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Post by laufoofan » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:31 pm

Gus is right, the West Tigers only got a team for the park, not the NRL. I don't know how they will overcome this, a sad day for the West Tigers.

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Post by greatodensraven » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:55 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:21 pm
Lets hope a copy of this article has been delivered to every WT's player

If this doesn't embarrass them into some sort of fightback nothing will

I wonder if their is something behind this article .....in the old days in Brisbane when a coach wanted to fire his side up he would get the legendary Bob Bax to right an article in the Sunday Sun (now Sunday Mail) bagging their side and key players into firing up

Balls to the walls boys , lets fire up and leave Melbourne players wishing they had missed selection table and or plane flight :sign:

No mercy , no surrender
x 2

Win, lose or draw this should be our attitude for the remainder of the year.

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Post by kh_canada » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:09 pm

We're going to need some kind of miracle this afternoon, the best thing we can do is get behind the boys the best way we know how. Leichardt, television or pub. Let's go Tigs!

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Post by happy tiger » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:13 pm

greatodensraven wrote:
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:55 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 12:21 pm
Lets hope a copy of this article has been delivered to every WT's player

If this doesn't embarrass them into some sort of fightback nothing will

I wonder if their is something behind this article .....in the old days in Brisbane when a coach wanted to fire his side up he would get the legendary Bob Bax to right an article in the Sunday Sun (now Sunday Mail) bagging their side and key players into firing up

Balls to the walls boys , lets fire up and leave Melbourne players wishing they had missed selection table and or plane flight :sign:

No mercy , no surrender
x 2

Win, lose or draw this should be our attitude for the remainder of the year.
Yep and if you can get to the game go and support the team , make some noise , win us some 50/50 penalties and get the boys home to a memorable win

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:17 pm

Yes, I want to see improvement, but tbh results to me ATM have taken a backseat till we announce a coach and begin to get some clarity on who will be here next season and who won't. Fingers crossed we get the ball rolling this week.

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Post by happy tiger » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:23 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:17 pm
Yes, I want to see improvement, but tbh results to me ATM have taken a backseat till we announce a coach and begin to get some clarity on who will be here next season and who won't. Fingers crossed we get the ball rolling this week.
Hopefully Pascoe walks in the rooms at some stage and tells everyone that they are playing for their careers at the moment , either here or elsewhere :rant

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Post by Tigertigertiger » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:26 pm

Just want them to have a real dig for the jersey and the fans, if they lose fair and square and had a go ill be happy.

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Post by Geo. » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:30 pm

What...results don't matter...there is still 21 games to play...stop creating excuses...

Dogs and Parra were ordinary I bet they aren't throwing in the towel till next year..
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
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Post by stryker » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 4:02 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 26 Mar, 2017 1:17 pm
Yes, I want to see improvement, but tbh results to me ATM have taken a backseat till we announce a coach and begin to get some clarity on who will be here next season and who won't. Fingers crossed we get the ball rolling this week.
Geeze you are quick to write a year off. You did the same last year. I dont give a crap about next season. We are in this one and thats all that matters.

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