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Post by willow » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 9:53 am

WESTS TIGERS SEASON ENDS WITH WARRIORS LOSS
By Wayne Cousins, SFS.
16/09/2011 9:41:29 PM

Wests Tigers have tonight been eliminated from the Telstra Premiership finals with a 22-20 loss to the Warriors at the Sydney Football Stadium.

In front of a crowd of 27, 109, Wests Tigers led 18-6 at half-time before a try in the 78th minute saw the Warriors take the lead for the first time in the match.

It was a heart-breaking way for the Wests Tigers season to come to an end.

Wests Tigers made the first break of the match in the 2nd minute when centre Chris Lawrence found some open space but his inside pass saw the ball go behind captain Robbie Farah.

After a settling in period, Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway scored the opening try in the 15th minute by charging over the top of Warriors full-back Kevin Locke to score next to the posts.

Five-eighth Benji Marshall converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 6-0 lead. Bryce Gibbs left the field with a sprained right ankle suffered in the lead up to the try. He left the field for more treatment.

Marshall gave Wests Tigers a 10-0 lead in the 21st minute when he stepped back inside to beat three defenders to score 10 metres out from the posts. Marshall converted his own try for a 12-0 lead after 22 minutes.

The Warriors got on the board in the 27th minute when full-back Kevin Locke scooted out from dummy half to brush off the tackle of Matt Groat before offloading to five-eighth James Maloney to score behind the posts. Maloney converted the try to leave the Warriors trailing 12-6 after 29 minutes.

Gibbs will not return for the rest of the game due to the ankle injury, leaving Wests Tigers with just three on the bench.

Wests Tigers captain and hooker Robbie Farah dived over for a 'Farah special' from dummy half in the 35th minute for a 16-6 lead. Marshall converted the try to give Wests Tigers an 18-6 lead after 37 minutes.

The game was erupted for a minute when adult man streaked across the field before finally being escorted from the field by security.

Marshall attempted a field goal in the 39th minute but the ball was touched in flight and didn't go through the posts. The score remained 18-6 at half-time.

2nd Half
The Warriors enjoyed some good fortune through a try to second-rower Feleti Mateo after he ran onto on a good pass to beat three defenders to score behind the posts. Maloney converted the try to leave the Warriors trailing 18-12 after 51 minutes.

The try came after a forward pass was missed by the referees who then penalised Wests Tigers for raking the ball out in a tackle on winger Manu Vatuvei when replays showed he appeared to have lost the ball.

Two minutes later, Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods came within a metre of scoring next to the posts.

Marshall extended Wests Tigers lead to 8 points when he converted a penalty goal in the 56th minute for a 20-12 scoreline after Locke was penalised for diving in low on a standing tackle on second-rower Gareth Ellis.

The Warriors got back to 20-16 in the 66th minute when utility Lance Hohaia dived over from dummy half to score next to the posts. Maloney converted the try toleave Wests Tigers leading 20-18 with 12 minutes remaining.

Inu put the Warriors ahead in the 77th minute with a try after a crossfield bomb by half-back Shaun Johnson saw centre Chris Lawrence and winger Lote Tuqiri collide to spill the ball. Inu grabbed the ball and fell short of the line before having a second attempt without a hand on him to score. It was awarded a try on video referee decision.

Maloney missed the conversion attempt to make it 22-20. The Warriors held on to win to advance through to play the Melbourne Storm.


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Post by willow » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 9:54 am

'NO USE COMPLAINING' SAYS ROBBIE FARAH
By Wayne Cousins
16/09/2011 10:54:56 PM

Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens and Captain Robbie Farah refused to be drawn into the controversial finish at the SFS tonight that saw their season end.

The Warriors snatched victory in the 78th minute when it was ruled no hand was laid on centre Krisnan Inu in his second attempt to score after a dropped bomb by Wests Tigers. It was ruled Inu did not knock the ball on in contesting the bomb.

Sheens said little at the post match press conference.

“There isn’t much you can do about it really. What is done is done,’’ Sheens said.

“Whether it was a try or not, they ruled on it and the season is over for us. I just like to thank my boys and the Club for the effort. Guys like Toddy Payten who has retired, it was a great effort from our boys.

“As far as the game is concerned, its over. There is no use dissecting it, there is no use. There is no next week for us. It’s just about next year.”

A disappointed Farah echoed the thoughts.

“It was a game we felt we were in control of. We lost Gibbo in the first half which probably loosened us up around the ruck, especially in defence,’’ Farah said.

“To the credit of the Warriors, they came home strong and we couldn’t hold them out.

“There is no use complaining. The effort was first class right throughout, especially the last 3 months and again tonight.

“It is just disappointing that with the guys leaving, tonight was the last chance we could play together. We didn’t give Toddy the chance to get back on the field. That’s the most disappointing thing.”

Farah said he was proud of the commitment shown by his team-mates.

“We just continued to work hard. When things weren’t going our way, there was a lot of crap in the media about us,’’ Farah said.

“We just knuckled down as a group and stuck together. That’s what you have seen in the last 3 months. That’s why I am proud of the boys. It could have easily derailed our season but we didn’t let it happen.

“I’m just real happy with the boys. The young kids have got experience and they will be better for it.”

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Post by willow » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 9:55 am

Magic win: Warriors beat black-and-golds at their own game
Greg Prichard
September 17, 2011

THE Warriors out-Tigered the Wests Tigers last night. Ivan Cleary's men waved a cane over a top hat and pulled out a rabbit. It was a miracle try, with Krisnan Inu the magician.

After the Tigers had dominated the first half, they couldn't close the deal. The Warriors, coming from 12 points down, deserved the win. It was a tremendous recovery after they had been flogged by Brisbane in week one of the finals.

The difference between last week and this week for the Tigers was their start. They had come in cold against St George Illawarra last week. Sure, they had won eight in a row, but their last four regular-season games had been against teams from outside of the top eight and they had developed some bad habits in a few cruisy wins.

They needed what turned out to be the entire first half to clear the cobwebs against the Dragons, but after that they blew them away. That game appeared to properly prepare the Tigers for the rest of their finals campaign, and last night they flew out of the starting blocks. Chris Lawrence broke into the clear in only the second minute, and although that didn't result in a try, it was an indication of the domination to come.

Benji Marshall began to punish the Warriors with his kicking game, and in the 12th minute he forced the first of what would turn out to be three line drop-outs off his grubber kicks into the in-goal in the first half. Keith Galloway crashed over for the opening try three minutes after the first one, and the second and third tries for the Tigers also came off the weight of possession Marshall was bringing to his side through repeat sets.

Robbie Farah and Marshall took control of the game. It was clever work from Farah, when he ran left from dummy-half to link up with Galloway, that led to the first try. Midway through the half, Farah went to the right from dummy-half to find Marshall, who stepped off his right foot and into a gap to score. After the Warriors had cut a 12-point deficit back to six with a try of their own, Farah was it at again five minutes before half-time, scoring himself.

But as long as the Warriors don't fall ridiculously behind, they remain dangerous. They are like the Tigers in that way. They had risked a dangerous pass that stuck for their first try, in the 26th minute, and after that they dominated until Farah's try. So, until that moment when Farah touched down, the Warriors had been the best team for only 10 of the first 35 minutes, but were only trailing 12-6. Farah's try pushed the lead back out to 12.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens would have warned his side at half-time about the Warriors' ability to score points in a hurry, and out of nothing. The Tigers would have been well aware of the threat the Warriors posed after the break, but they still couldn't stop Feleti Mateo from scoring and the Warriors getting back to only six points down with 30 minutes to go. We had a real finals contest on our hands now.

Only the best, and most confident, players were going to be brave enough to try something that had any risk about it now. Good running from dummy-half was going to become extra-important, and the grind was what it would be all about. The Tigers got some breathing space with a penalty goal for a 20-12 lead, but then the Warriors scored a converted try to trail by only two points.

Nervous times indeed. There was maybe one big play left in the game, so which team had it in them to clinch the win? Or would the two teams battle it through to the end without any additional score from here? With these two teams involved, we should have known it would be decided by someone doing something stunning.

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Post by willow » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 9:58 am

'Devastated' an understatement: Sheens

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From: The Daily Telegraph
September 16, 2011 11:36PM

DEVASTATED and disappointed.

These were the words used by Tigers coach Tim Sheens and captain Robbie Farah to describe their state of mind after they were dumped out of the finals series last night.

But it is obvious both words are massive understatements when you consider the way Tigers prop Bryce Gibbs explained his side's loss last night.

"I feel like I'm losing my brothers," Gibbs said.

Gibbs is one of many Tigers players leaving the club and his bond with his teammates shows how much this loss has hurt every one of them.

Todd Payten (retirement), Tim Moltzen (Dragons) and Andrew Fifita (Sharks) will also leave.

Apart from Gibbs and Farah, no other player consented to talk to the media such is their stunned disappointment. That is the loss Tigers players will wake up this morning still trying to come to terms with.

Sheens continually reiterated at last night's press conference that his club's season is "finished" as if trying to convince himself that the game was not some horrible nightmare. It was a game no one even contemplated them losing until the 77th minute when Krisnan Inu struck to kill the Tigers for 2011.

For Farah, the club's failure to give those players another chance to represent the club, was the biggest disappointment of their shock 22-20 loss.

"It's just disappointing with the guys leaving tonight was the last chance we'll get to play together," Farah said. "We didn't give Toddy a chance to get back on the field. That's the most disappointing thing. "

Gibbs said last night's loss is like the end of an era, what with their player turnover.

"They're all like my brothers, but I'm sure next year Cronulla guys will be like my brothers," he said.

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Post by willow » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 10:01 am

New Zealand Warriors eliminate Wests Tigers in last gasp NRL finals win

Paul Crawley
From: The Daily Telegraph
September 16, 2011 5:55PM


IVAN Cleary wanted to bottle the feeling - and throttle the refs.

This week, the Warriors coach will take up his argument at the NRL. Look out Melbourne - look out Bill Harrigan.

And thank you, Krisnan Inu.

What a game, what a finish.

But was it a try?

Click here for our gallery of action shots from the game

That's the question today.

The Warriors reckon it was - Tigers fans were far from convinced.

Shaun Johnson launched a towering bomb in the 77th minute and for a few seconds it was like time stood still for the Warriors.

Lote Tuqiri couldn't handle it - but somehow Inu came down with it. He lunged for the line but came up short.

Tim Moltzen was there for the Tigers but he didn't put a hand on Inu - so he lunged again.

Try, the light beemed. But was it?

Inu says he had no doubts at all.

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"I was convinced, I knew it was a try," the unwanted Eel said after the game.

Cleary was just happy he brought Inu back into the team for the elimination final after overlooking him against the Broncos.

"It was just a matter of him getting the opportunity and he certainly took it with both hands which is exactly what you want when guys come into the team," Cleary said.

"He was a real threat for us all night and came up with the right play at the right time."

Tim Sheens wasn't so sure, but he wasn't about to use last night to blow up.

"There's nothing much you can do about it really," a shattered Sheens said post match.

"What's done is done. Whether it was a try or not, they ruled on it and the season's over for us.

"I want to just thank my boys and the club for the effort. There is no next week for us, it's just about next year."

Robbie Farah added: "No use complaining. The effort was first class right throughout, especially the last three months and again tonight. It is just disappointing, obviously with the guys leaving, tonight is the last chance to play together."

But the penalty count still had Cleary seething and referees boss Bill Harrigan should expect a call.

"(The penalty count) was 9-4 tonight," Cleary said. "I think in a semi-final that is horrendously lopsided and there were definitely some calls there I think they will be disappointed with when they look back at it.

"The last two weeks we've had a combined 7-0 penalty count against us in the first half and that doesn't help, the same two referees as well (Shayne Hayne and Jared Maxwell). I think the Tigers had an extra seven or eights sets in the first half.

"I just thought defensively we gave them way too much respect. We basically sat around watching them as they did their tricks."

But luckily for the Warriors, this time the Tigers luck ran out as well.

The nine-match winning streak is over - so is their season.

But for the Warriors it's the Storm next Saturday night in Melbourne.

"They are the minor premiers and they are the best," Cleary added. "They have been the best team this year. They know how to win in finals, they've got three of the best players in the game and they have got a bunch of other guys who have played fantastically well this year so we have won there before but I think we will certainly be outsiders."

At halftime the Tigers were home. They had all the possession - all the penalties.

And the lead was 18-6.

Benji was untouchable, and all over the park they were dominating.

But then in the break something happened to the Warriors.

They grew in confidence, and the Tigers went to sleep. It went end to end and it didn't stop.

But even when it appeared all the decisions were going against the Warriors they never gave up.

Johnson and Maloney were wonderful, and through the centre the dummy half running was superb.

But it was the Parra reject that got them home.

Last year Inu was unwanted. Last week he couldn't make the side. Last night he was a hero.

Bring on Melbourne.


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Post by Citizen Tiger » Sat 17 Sep, 2011 12:41 pm

Good responses from the Coach and Captain, all credit to them for congratulating the opponents, who deserved their win. No congratulations to that eternal grub Danny Weidler for his usual muck raking. I'll be so happy when editors no longer deem him a newsworthy source

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Post by TigersFan4Life » Tue 20 Sep, 2011 8:19 pm

willow wrote:A disappointed Farah echoed the thoughts.

It was a game we felt we were in control of. We lost Gibbo in the first half which probably loosened us up around the ruck, especially in defence,’’ Farah said.
I know it makes no difference now, but I really have to take the team to task over this "we were in control" attitude, because it's exactly the same thing that Royce Simmons said after that game at Campbelltown against the Roosters early in the 2010 season when we led them by four points for something like 40 minutes and they scored a try in the last five minutes to beat us.

It's the same attitude that saw them lose to the wooden spoon Knights in the final round of '07 when leading by twelve with ten to play and 8th position up for grabs. The same attitude that saw them beaten by the Roosters in last year's finals, that saw them beaten by the Cowboys in maybe '08 when they led by twelve with ten to play, that saw them beaten by the Rabbits last year in golden point and by the Merritt miracle field goal in '09.

Newsflash, boys. When you're leading a game by eight points with 23 minutes to play, YOU'RE NOT IN CONTROL. When you're lead is reduced to two points with thirteen minutes to play, you're even further away from being in control. Get it in your heads that if the other team can still beat you, YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL. This is not the type of attitude that a team like the Storm would ever have. They are ruthless and merciless, and when they have you beaten they just want to beat you some more. I am so sick of seeing these types of games from the Tigers. They seem to come up with at least two or three of them every season, and it just shows a lack of killer instinct. Unfortunately, this year they chose the worst possible time to lay one of them.

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 20 Sep, 2011 8:25 pm

I think the field goal attempts gave the NZers hope
We seemed to lack confidence when we came out after half time .
I said in the live thread that 7 points in the 2nd half would win it
Sheens and the boys obviously thought otherwise
And we paid the price for that

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Post by Cysquatch » Wed 21 Sep, 2011 12:19 am

TigersFan4Life wrote:
willow wrote:A disappointed Farah echoed the thoughts.

It was a game we felt we were in control of. We lost Gibbo in the first half which probably loosened us up around the ruck, especially in defence,’’ Farah said.
I know it makes no difference now, but I really have to take the team to task over this "we were in control" attitude, because it's exactly the same thing that Royce Simmons said after that game at Campbelltown against the Roosters early in the 2010 season when we led them by four points for something like 40 minutes and they scored a try in the last five minutes to beat us.

It's the same attitude that saw them lose to the wooden spoon Knights in the final round of '07 when leading by twelve with ten to play and 8th position up for grabs. The same attitude that saw them beaten by the Roosters in last year's finals, that saw them beaten by the Cowboys in maybe '08 when they led by twelve with ten to play, that saw them beaten by the Rabbits last year in golden point and by the Merritt miracle field goal in '09.

Newsflash, boys. When you're leading a game by eight points with 23 minutes to play, YOU'RE NOT IN CONTROL. When you're lead is reduced to two points with thirteen minutes to play, you're even further away from being in control. Get it in your heads that if the other team can still beat you, YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL. This is not the type of attitude that a team like the Storm would ever have. They are ruthless and merciless, and when they have you beaten they just want to beat you some more. I am so sick of seeing these types of games from the Tigers. They seem to come up with at least two or three of them every season, and it just shows a lack of killer instinct. Unfortunately, this year they chose the worst possible time to lay one of them.


i found that statement odd also. if the boys thought they were in control of that match they are sadly mistaken. warriors were always going better than us 2nd forty and especially last 20. in fact it looked like the opposite, it seemed we had no control
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Is it just me, or do alot of posts on this forum end up being like a pee pee measuring contest?

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Post by simonthetiger » Thu 22 Sep, 2011 2:50 pm

To me we looked in control.......i think its a fair statement.

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 22 Sep, 2011 4:14 pm

TigersFan4Life wrote:
willow wrote:A disappointed Farah echoed the thoughts.

It was a game we felt we were in control of. We lost Gibbo in the first half which probably loosened us up around the ruck, especially in defence,’’ Farah said.
I know it makes no difference now, but I really have to take the team to task over this "we were in control" attitude, because it's exactly the same thing that Royce Simmons said after that game at Campbelltown against the Roosters early in the 2010 season when we led them by four points for something like 40 minutes and they scored a try in the last five minutes to beat us.

It's the same attitude that saw them lose to the wooden spoon Knights in the final round of '07 when leading by twelve with ten to play and 8th position up for grabs. The same attitude that saw them beaten by the Roosters in last year's finals, that saw them beaten by the Cowboys in maybe '08 when they led by twelve with ten to play, that saw them beaten by the Rabbits last year in golden point and by the Merritt miracle field goal in '09.

Newsflash, boys. When you're leading a game by eight points with 23 minutes to play, YOU'RE NOT IN CONTROL. When you're lead is reduced to two points with thirteen minutes to play, you're even further away from being in control. Get it in your heads that if the other team can still beat you, YOU ARE NOT IN CONTROL. This is not the type of attitude that a team like the Storm would ever have. They are ruthless and merciless, and when they have you beaten they just want to beat you some more. I am so sick of seeing these types of games from the Tigers. They seem to come up with at least two or three of them every season, and it just shows a lack of killer instinct. Unfortunately, this year they chose the worst possible time to lay one of them.

Good point.
In the modern game it can all change so very very quickly.
I saw canberra score 24 points against the Broncos in Brisbane in just NINE minutes
That forever changed my thinking
A few dropped balls, add a coulple of penalties against and its a whole new ball game

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Post by Tbone » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 2:17 am

It's been said so well by others and I can only agree. We have all the talent in the world but the modern game is so competitive and physical that you have to turn up with the right mental attitude each week and keep it for 80 mins.

The fact we played worse against the lower placed sides all year speaks volumes. No doubt the injury count had a big impact early in the season but the ruthlessness has to be coached into them from round 1 2012. We cant reasonably expect to just get by on talent then turn it on when it counts in the big games if we didn't do it for the previous 26 weeks.

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Post by Tbone » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 2:18 am

Dammit I'm all fired up now. I can't wait another 6 months for the season to start so we can make things right.

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Post by MightyMaggy » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 6:18 am

I went to the game, but I have not done what I would normally do and look at the replay to really analyse the result. I was/am so shattered about the loss that I have not looked at the replay on my IQ. Therefore, what I am about to write may well be wrong, but ......

I said to my son at half-time, that the "game plan" in the last 4 or 5 minutes of the half had me puzzled. They seemed to be setting themselves for one of Benji's half-time field goals rather than looking to keep the pressure on by forcing the Warriors to dropping the ball out from their goal-line. The way things were going and leading 18-6, I thought the Tigers would have scored another try. This would almost have put the Warriors away.

The "run the ball on the fifth call" from 20 metres out, when you are leading by 2 with 4 minutes to go, rather than kick to force a drop-out was unbelievable. Or was it?

I love the way that the Tigers play their exciting game of football to set up a win. There is no doubt this brand of football is engineered by Benji, who is probably the best exponent of it in the world. This is why they win lots of games, but........

Sometimes, late in a game, you have to play no-mistake, eat-up-the-time-left football to stop the opposition getting possession that makes it easier for them to win. IN MY VIEW, THIS IS NOT BENJI FOOTBALL! We had several injuries, we were getting tired and the Warriors were starting to get on top, so we needed to limit their chances.

This is the time, when some-one with a cooler head has to take charge. He has to say to Benji and the team that we are going to put his rock-and-roll football away until next game. This needs a call like the SOO "Queenslander" call, when the Tigers are to go into "no-nonsense" football mode.

This is the missing link to me.

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Post by jais tigez » Sun 25 Sep, 2011 8:27 am

Exactly. This is why we need a halfback that knows how to steer the team around, one that has a good feel for the game and has the guts to over rule benji and kick it down field when we are leading by 2 with 4 minutes to go rather then run it on the last. Not a superstar halfback but one that will make the right decisions when it counts. I think Luke walshs kicking game would suit us perfectly.


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