PLENTY OF PRAISE FOR DEFENSIVE EFFORT

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PLENTY OF PRAISE FOR DEFENSIVE EFFORT

Post by willow » Mon 16 Apr, 2012 8:20 pm

PLENTY OF PRAISE FOR DEFENSIVE EFFORT
By Wayne Cousins
15/04/2012 9:34:36 PM

It was their first win in six weeks but the most pleasing aspect for Wests Tigers was keeping Penrith scoreless.

The 30-0 victory at Centrebet Stadium saw Wests Tigers pick up the two competition points to record their second win of the season and in doing so, setting a new record in keeping a side scoreless for the first time in the Club’s history.

Wests Tigers Assistant Coach Steve Georgallis said the coaching staff were delighted with the defensive efforts.

“I thought our players scrambled really well in defence. Our defence has been improving in the last 3 weeks,’’ Georgallis said.

“We have still got to do a lot of work on our attack. After 5 losses in a row, just to win is the most pleasing for the team.

“It has been really good the way the players have stuck together in the last 5 weeks.”

Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall said it had been difficult period for the players.

“We have been losing the games on our own terms, not by the other teams. It was good to keep them to nil,’’ Marshall said.

“We were still pretty messy there today and they had a few star players out. We are going to have to be better next week.

“It was difficult losing Robbie (Farah) early (with concussion) as he controls the ruck.

“I thought our forwards really stood up and our right edge was outstanding carrying the ball forward. Beau Ryan, in particular, was very solid in attack and defence.”

Marshall also praised new prop Ray Cashmere for his superb first game back in Wests Tigers colours. He last played for the Club in 2005.

“He was one of our best. He just carries the ball forward, no nonsense, nothing fancy. He just runs hard and tackles hard,'' Marshall added.

“We all got a shock during the week at training because you try not to get hurt so much but he was trying to hurt everybody. He took his training into the game. He will be there next week."


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