Wounded Tigers bunkered down

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Wounded Tigers bunkered down
By Dean Ritchie From: The Daily Telegraph May 21, 2010 12:00AM

WESTS Tigers are a club in siege mentality.

After a week from hell, the Tigers travelled to Newcastle on Wednesday for a three-day camp leading into this evening's vital game against the Knights at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

The players are off-limits to the media, coach Tim Sheens would not return calls to The Daily Telegraph.

Wests Tigers are bunkered down in the Crowne Plaza still embarrassed after a 50-10 loss to Souths last Sunday the SCG, the defeat coming amid talk of unrest in the camp.

Suddenly this match has become pivotal to the Tigers' spluttering season.

"They will be doing some soul-searching and talking about what's important to them," Tigers legend Wayne Pearce said.

Despite the 40-point loss, TAB Sportsbet has Wests Tigers as $1.80 favourites with Newcastle $2.

"After last week, they will have a point to prove," Newcastle forward Steve Simpson said.

"They will be hungry but we're not sitting too pretty ourselves so we will also be desperate.

"They have lost a few games in a row - we have been there as well - so they will want to nip that in bud. We just hope it doesn't happen on Friday night. It has the makings for a good game."

After winning three of their first four games, Wests Tigers have now lost four successive games. Their season is suddenly at the crossroads.

"At the end of the day, this is a super crunch game for them. They will be prioritising about what the game is all about," Pearce said.

"They have to commit to every play and take responsibility for every moment. Each player has to step up and lead in his own way.

"Last week was embarrassing for the players, no doubt. But I still think this game is very win-able."

Former Wests Magpies champion and Team of the Century forward, Noel Kelly, said answers for last weekend's performance were difficult to find.

Asked how Wests Tigers fix their problems, Kelly said: "Oh dear, how do you turn it around?

"They just have to try and move on but a result like that sticks in your memory, it takes a bit to forget.

"The further the game went, the worse it got. Maybe it showed Wests aren't as good as what we think. It's got to the stage when Benji [Marshall] doesn't make a break, no one does.

"I felt sorry for them when you get on the outside of a game like that."
 

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4 wins from the next 4 games is what is needed to turn their season around and back on track.
This is the softest part of the draw for the Wests Tigers, and they need to get their fans back behind them.

Rd 11\. Knights @ Newcastle…........WIN
Rd 12\. Warriors @ Campbelltown....WIN
Rd 13\. Bulldogs @ ANZ................WIN
Rd 14...BYE
Rd 15\. Canberra @ Leichhardt......WIN
After Rd 15, sitting on 20 points, and the confidence well and truly back to face the might of the Dragons at Julibee.

That is what is needed
 

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@Aladinsane said:
4 wins from the next 4 games is what is needed to turn their season around and back on track.
This is the softest part of the draw for the Wests Tigers, and they need to get their fans back behind them.

Rd 11\. Knights @ Newcastle…........WIN
Rd 12\. Warriors @ Campbelltown....WIN
Rd 13\. Bulldogs @ ANZ................WIN
Rd 14...BYE
Rd 15\. Canberra @ Leichhardt......WIN
After Rd 15, sitting on 20 points, and the confidence well and truly back to face the might of the Dragons at Julibee.

That is what is needed

anything is possible, and after having 4 losses, 4 wins in a row would be good for everyone. :pray:
it would appear wests-tigers have had their usual mid season slump, just a bit early this year.
they have the ability, to win, it, we have seen that they can overcome a decent score and win. :smiley:
only time will tell, whether it happens !! :unamused:
 

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I heard Steven Humphries on 2KY's Big Sports Breakfast this morning refer to the 3 days the team is 'slumming it' at the 5 star Crowne Plaza as an "investment", not a cost. Let's hope we all get a decent return on this "investment". I can't help thinking that they're being rewarded for the disgraceful performance last weekend - surely there are more basic places to stay - this only adds fuel to the arguement that they're a team of prima donnas!!
 

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Nevermind the result tonight. All i want is some respect for the club. The last 2 games have been close to if not the worst since our inception in 2000\. These boys have got a lot of ground to make up and it starts tonight.
 

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@Aladinsane said:
4 wins from the next 4 games is what is needed to turn their season around and back on track.
This is the softest part of the draw for the Wests Tigers, and they need to get their fans back behind them.

Rd 11\. Knights @ Newcastle…........WIN
Rd 12\. Warriors @ Campbelltown....WIN
Rd 13\. Bulldogs @ ANZ................WIN
Rd 14...BYE
Rd 15\. Canberra @ Leichhardt......WIN
After Rd 15, sitting on 20 points, and the confidence well and truly back to face the might of the Dragons at Julibee.

That is what is needed

Best thing ive read on here for a while…

Im putting money on the tigers for 13+
 
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