Tigers aim for new attacking flair in 2018

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Tigers aim for new attacking flair in 2018

Post by Tacky » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 5:34 pm

Ivan Cleary will aim to bring back the Wests Tigers' attacking flair of old mixed with a new-found determination as he stamps his authority on the NRL club.

Cleary is halfway through his first pre-season at the Tigers, after joining the club last April and bringing with him several new faces through the pre-season.

The Tigers scored the second least points in the NRL last year, a far cry from when they were one of the competition's most exciting teams through their positive style and play.

However that is set to change in 2018.

"We want to be a side that takes our opportunities," veteran Chris Lawrence said.

"We want to be a side that if we see space out wide we can shift the ball and throw it around where need be.

"It's been really good having a couple of different halves playing different styles.

"It's really good for those guys. It gives them good experience in playing both sides of the part and being able to shift the footy when we can."

Lawrence led a junior clinic in Campbelltown on Thursday, and the local junior is considered the front-runner to be named the team's skipper ahead of their first-round clash with the Sydney Roosters on March 10.

Clearly is holding off on a final decision given the number of new senior players at the club this season, including Russell Packer, Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino and Benji Marshall.

The quartet are among up to seven players who could be fresh into the side for round one, which Lawrence said had created the most driven environment in his 13 years at the Tigers.


"I think it's a more determined club," he said.

"We've got so many players coming from other squads and some have probably not left on great terms so a lot have a point to prove."

Lawrence said the club was also relishing a drama-free off-season, following last year's contract issues surrounding the likes of Aaron Woods, James Tedesco and Mitchell Moses.

The Tigers have the least amount of players off contract of all clubs in 2018, with the majority of their first grade team locked up.

"We don't have cameras following us from the car park to training, so that's a plus," Lawrence said.

"In pre-season it's a good sign when you don't have media following you every day.

"It makes a difference when you have an environment at training when you can just focus on football. That's massive."



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Post by happy tiger » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:17 pm

Just hope defence is our No 1 priority still

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Post by sheer64 » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:34 pm

happy tiger wrote:
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Just hope defence is our No 1 priority still
I hope it is winning.
Today we saw a true champion in Winx, and a true bludger in Cleary!

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Post by Tacky » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 9:06 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:17 pm
Just hope defence is our No 1 priority still
Average points conceded per game in 2017 without Cleary as coach: 30
Average points conceded per game in 2017 with Cleary as coach: 21.4 (disregarding the Brisbane game)

Now imagine what Cleary can do with a better squad...
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 10:43 pm

sheer64 wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:34 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:17 pm
Just hope defence is our No 1 priority still
I hope it is winning.
One leads to the other...get the process right, the result you want generally follows


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Post by colmcd » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 11:38 am

innsaneink wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 10:43 pm
sheer64 wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:34 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Sun 28 Jan, 2018 8:17 pm
Just hope defence is our No 1 priority still
I hope it is winning.
One leads to the other...get the process right, the result you want generally follows
Yes/No. I think there have been years where our attack has been right and our defense totally hopeless. At the end of the year we would be in the top 5 point-scorers and out of the 8.

I think it is good as Cleary seems to be reading the team as well as building it. He can see that we will have a strong passing game and I hope he will coach to it. But we cant win games 32-30 anymore. Cleary appears to have hired players on Grit for this reason.

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 12:50 pm

I wasnt referring to attack at all....i meant the process of defense. however if youre defending capably the result youre after is much much easier.
it's one thing to have great attack but if you have to score 6 times to win because your defense isnt up to it...youll lose more than you win without a.doubt

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Post by Geo. » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 1:06 pm

Defence wins Premierships..
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
happy tiger wrote:
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OK I was wrong

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Post by WT2K » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 7:55 pm

Get the defence right and the attack will follow.
No more plodders!
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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 8:28 pm

haha...wheres that peanut steventiger

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Post by Eddie » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:12 pm

Have we been in the Top 8 defensive teams at all in the last 10 years??

Anyone got the breakdown?

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:17 pm

gimme 5 minutes

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:20 pm

2017 -13th
2016 - 14th
2015 - 12th
2014 - 14th
2013 - 14th

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:25 pm

2012 - 11th
2011 - 6th
2010 - equal 3rd
2009 - equal 6th
2008 - equal 9th

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Post by Geo. » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:26 pm

Bring back Sheens...
Wests Tigers don't need a Coach.. The playing group has taken over..
happy tiger wrote:
Thu 25 Oct, 2018 12:17 am

OK I was wrong

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Post by TSupps05 » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:37 pm

Geo. wrote:
Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:26 pm
Bring back Sheens...
... So does that mean Russell Packer at 5/8 ?? :lol: :lol:
I don't know why but Braith Anasta pisses me off :mrgreen:

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 9:47 pm

the 2009 season is odd
Brisbane finished sixth with 14 wins (two more than us - we finished 9th) and they conceded 17 more tries than us....we miseed the top eight because of a parra draw...very unlucky that year

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Post by supercoach » Mon 29 Jan, 2018 10:15 pm

To be competing in 2018 we are going to have to have a very good completion rate and more important a very good kicking game. In the past few years our kicking game has been well below par. The best defence or the best attack will not last long behind a poor kicking game.

I really think Cleary will play a pretty basic game plan for the first half of the season till players start to gell. I think it may be a little bit like Taylor ball. Anyway not long now and we will get some answers

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