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Raudonikis fires broadside at 'horrible, pathetic' Tigers

Post by joe's magpies » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:02 am

WESTERN SUBURBS legend Tommy Raudonikis has ripped into Wests Tigers over their loss to Canberra, describing it as disgraceful, horrible and pathetic, and blasting the players as dreadfully soft and not worthy of being in first grade.

''I'm 62 next month and I've had a quadruple bypass, but if I couldn't tackle better than those blokes last night I'd be embarrassed,'' Raudonikis said of the 30-16 loss by the Tigers against Canberra at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday night.

Even for Raudonikis, who has delivered some world-class sprays over the years and only last week said the Tigers would have to be crazy and/or desperate to sign Willie Mason, who ''wouldn't blow wind up Gareth Ellis's arse'', this was out of the top drawer.

"I don't think any of the guys walked off with a scratch last night" ... Tommy Raudonikis.
Referring to a Tigers outfit that, according to NRL Stats, made just 923 metres compared to Canberra's 1654, missed 48 tackles against 15 and conceded 12 line breaks while making just two, Raudonikis barked: ''It was disgraceful. For professional footballers, they were very, very ordinary.

''I've got no idea how they could play like that. Maybe it's like society in general today - there are a lot of soft people, and some footballers are spoiled and think they are superstars. But they were supposed to be the premiership favourites before the season kicked off.

''You try to put your finger on it and you can't work it out, but I know that on last night's performance they're not even first-graders. Wests Tigers had some players out, but so did Canberra, so you can't use that as an excuse. They were bloody horrible, pathetic.''

"It was disgraceful. For professional footballers, they were very, very ordinary" ... Western Suburbs legend Tommy Raudonikis. Photo: Getty Im

Raudonikis said he had been invited to attend the game between Wests Tigers and South Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, as part of the heritage round.

''I'll be there,'' he said. ''I've strained my hamstring, training to do the Kokoda Track, but I might get a game if I put my hand up. I couldn't do any worse. Maybe my old mate Roy Masters can play outside me at five-eighth.''

Raudonikis said the Tigers owed their fans a massive improvement against the Rabbitohs.

..''They're getting paid big money, so they've got to cop the criticism,'' he said. ''They've got to aim up this week. They owe the fans everything.

''I don't think any of the blokes walked off with a scratch last night. I want to see a few bloody noses and black eyes and cuts. They should be putting their heads where they're not meant to go. I hope I'm not going down there for nothing on Sunday.''

Steve Roach, a former great from Balmain, the other club that formed the Wests Tigers joint venture along with the Magpies, also registered his disappointment at the performance. But he said he felt there were mitigating circumstances.

''You can lose other players, but you can't lose Robbie Farah and not expect it to make a big difference,'' Roach said. ''He touches the ball more than anyone and without him the Tigers looked rudderless last night.

''Of course I'm disappointed, and what bothered me was the players' body language at times. It looked like they weren't into it. But I did feel for the young blokes at prop [Aaron Woods and Matt Groat]. It was hard for them, and when Keith Galloway comes back [from injury] it will make a huge difference.''

Tigers coach Tim Sheens last night named his team for the game against Souths, and there were some key changes.

Young halfback Jacob Miller is gone and Tom Humble will start. Joel Reddy has gone from wing to centre, Blake Ayshford from centre to the bench and Lote Tuqiri is back from injury to play on the wing. Matt Bell will start at prop, with Groat coming off the bench.


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Post by Long Distance Tiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:05 am

You're a good judge Tommy.


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Post by Discussion Bot » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:11 am

WESTERN SUBURBS legend Tommy Raudonikis has ripped into Wests Tigers over their loss to Canberra, describing it as disgraceful, horrible and pathetic, and blasting the players as dreadfully soft and not worthy of being in first grade.

''I'm 62 next month and I've had a quadruple bypass, but if I couldn't tackle better than those blokes last night I'd be embarrassed,'' Raudonikis said of the 30-16 loss by the Tigers against Canberra at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday night.

Even for Raudonikis, who has delivered some world-class sprays over the years and only last week said the Tigers would have to be crazy and/or desperate to sign Willie Mason, who ''wouldn't blow wind up Gareth Ellis's arse'', this was out of the top drawer.

"I don't think any of the guys walked off with a scratch last night"

Referring to a Tigers outfit that, according to NRL Stats, made just 923 metres compared to Canberra's 1654, missed 48 tackles against 15 and conceded 12 line breaks while making just two, Raudonikis barked: ''It was disgraceful. For professional footballers, they were very, very ordinary.

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Post by Rambo2714 » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:15 am

Tough but fair .....


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Post by mrstapo » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:18 am

Well said.

I don't know why we have 2 backs on the bench our forwards are struggling and we don't have any replacements. Tom humble isn't up to this level either I think we need to put beau back to fullback and moltzen back in the halves, we also need politini on the bench drop humble and groat. I think mason would have been a great buy for us someone needs to suck up their pride and start making some smart but tough decisions.


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Post by Cultured Bogan » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:20 am

Tommy, thanks for that comprehensive analysis Captain Obvious. Nice to see Sheens escapes any criticism.

Massive LOL @ Blocker defending the forwards. Who didn't see that coming?
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Post by happy tiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:38 am

I close my eyes and it is all returning I'm back at North Ipswich Reserve

Tommy giving it to the boys , starting fights with Glen Haggath (Ipswich Jets captain) before a game , Having to be talked out of making players take a bite of an RAW Oxen's heart before a game by Steve Nance (head trainer ) Making Des Hasler look like an Angel tearing the corrugated dressing rooms apart . Swimming the rough'
sea's to win a bet at the Alex while with testicular cancer (we didn't know at the time .)The Pig Pen and The bearded lady

Happy would sell his soul to spend just 1 day back there

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Post by necka69er » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:41 am

I saw the body language too. The passion is missing. Bring back some of these old school players. Ignite some pride back into the jersey. With The stigma of favourites this year i think this team bought into it and expected to win every game easily without doing the basics. They look tired unfit and uninterested at times. Theres no shape, organisation pr talking going on. Somethings missing. I hope they find it.


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Post by cktiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:52 am

Happy , I remember him drinking at pubs around Lidcombe with the likes of Dallas Donnelly (and others) in tow.
Scary if you were on the wrong side of them , funny if you weren't.
Memories are great but what he's saying isn't really relevant anymore - and there were a few teams he played in copped some terrible floggings.
I know he's going over the top to fire them up- but maybe they should take up his offer and put him on the field for 10 minutes instead of Meaney.
Actions speak louder than words :D

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Post by Bombs Away » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 8:58 am

Trevor COGGER at half and Mick Neil at 5/8....Warren Boland on the wing and Captain

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Post by bigdamo » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 9:18 am

this is what this side needs a rocket a coach with heart spot on tommy

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Post by cktiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 9:24 am

bigdamo wrote:this is what this side needs a rocket a coach with heart spot on tommy
Yeah , he could give the same motivational speeches he gave the Magpies when he coached them to about half a dozen wins in two years. :crazy

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Post by andrew 474 » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 9:37 am

must never played in a team that got flogged , or was on the bottom of the ladder at some point in a season , short memories tommy , im sure you payed in teams that played like broken ones , i could be wrong

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Post by reynaldog » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 9:43 am

Bombs Away wrote:Trevor COGGER at half and Mick Neil at 5/8....Warren Boland on the wing and Captain
Haha! Yes! Mick Neil! One of my all time favourites! Built like a whippet, but had guts and a smart footy brain- LEGEND!


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Post by cktiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 10:14 am

Bombs Away wrote:Trevor COGGER at half and Mick Neil at 5/8....Warren Boland on the wing and Captain
I would back having Trevor as coach right now!

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Post by smeghead » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 10:15 am

cktiger wrote:
bigdamo wrote:this is what this side needs a rocket a coach with heart spot on tommy
Yeah , he could give the same motivational speeches he gave the Magpies when he coached them to about half a dozen wins in two years. :crazy
To be fair Tommy's sides never lacked heart, just talent
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Post by tigerbenji » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 10:18 am

I can see where Tommy is coming from & he is probably just trying to stir them up a bit, A couple of things have been said here & one was we were favourites @ the start of the season, maybe the boys thought they were & that has had a bit of pressure on them that they havent handled. Ever since 2005 i have never seen a team like the Tigers with so many injuries & this year is no different & i cant explain it, People ask are they fit, blowed if i know but the other night they were huffing & puffing but they werent blowing any houses down except for Ellis, Woods & Ryan who were trying there rings off. We are a prop short no doubt about it, maybe sign Mason but i think that chance has gone so maybe sign Rose from Manly as long as we pay for him by the kilo. In the meantime i think we have to get out there & support them as much as we can & hopefully we can turn the corner.

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Post by cktiger » Wed 28 Mar, 2012 10:38 am

smeghead wrote:
cktiger wrote:
bigdamo wrote:this is what this side needs a rocket a coach with heart spot on tommy
Yeah , he could give the same motivational speeches he gave the Magpies when he coached them to about half a dozen wins in two years. :crazy
To be fair Tommy's sides never lacked heart, just talent
Maybe that's our problem too Smeg - but we just haven't realised it yet.

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