Sheens still searches for Tigers spine

Just 10 rounds into the NRL campaign, the Wests Tigers admit they are still yet to find the right winning formula with coach Tim Sheens tinkering with his ‘spine’ for the seventh time this year.

The Tigers have won their past three matches, seemingly distancing themselves from a five-game losing streak earlier this year, but Sheens acknowledges their form is still patchy - forcing him into yet another shake-up of his spine.

The loss of captain and hooker Robbie Farah to NSW this week has resulted in yet another 1-6-7-9 combination lining up when the Tigers take on the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval on Friday night.

Regular five-eighth Benji Marshall remains at halfback while Test centre Chris Lawrence fills the No.6 jersey, Tim Moltzen stays at fullback and Tom Humble starts at hooker for the first time in his NRL career.

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Got me beat why the league scribes are not all over Sheens, he wonders why the team is playing busted–just look in the mirror Tim.

Stop playing people out of position and let the players play whats in front of them and back their own skill, rather than play everyone out position and put leg irons on them. It would also help to inject some speed into the team at the expense of some out of form players

Stability in the spine is imperative in rugby league, but Sheens insists the latest shuffle is not a sign of desperation, saying he’s been a long admirer of Lawrence at second receiver.

“He’s trained very well there. I’ve got a high opinion of him in that position,” Sheens said on Thursday.

"He’ll run the ball - he’s got a good strong defensive game.

"He’ll get more involvement, more touches which I think is important for us.

“Particularly with Robbie out, our key players touching the ball more and getting closer to the ball is important.”

Marshall, whose move to No.7 will see him line up directly with Warriors’ wunderkind Shaun Johnson, also accepted the Tigers’ recent form wasn’t up to scratch, despite wins over Parramatta, Gold Coast and Penrith.

But he said the constant change, which has included Liam Fulton filling in at hooker on occasions and will have him playing with a makeshift hooker and five-eighth this week, was not a problem.

“And I’m probably not a traditional number seven, so we’re stuffed in all areas, aren’t we?,” Marshall joked.

"No, it’s not tough. It’s my job in the team and I think when you add a bit of pressure on it, when you have guys like Robbie out, you’ve just got to step up.

"I’m really going to have to step up my game as well as everyone in the team to cover those losses that we have with Robbie.

“I’m confident in Chris Lawrence that he can do a great job at five-eighth for us.”

Sheens said the team was better placed to cover for Farah than they were earlier in the year when he served a two-game suspension for a dangerous throw - resulting in two losses for the Tigers.

“We’ve worked hard as a unit and the boys who have had that bit of experience playing hooker, Tommy Humble in particular … has grown in that position,” Sheens said.

“So we’re a lot more comfortable with it at this stage of the season.”

Marshall admits it is scary to think about the potential of Johnson, who has drawn comparisons with the Kiwi captain due to his line-breaking ability and carefree style.

“It’s pretty scary to think what he can still achieve in the future compared to what he’s achieved in 11 months,” Marshall said.

Name one team who has gone onto win the Premiership after ‘tinkering’ with the spine 7 times in the first 10 weeks? its easy to say losing Tedesco has made it hard, but the realy good teams would adjust a lot quicker and especially considering the kid was only playing his first game in fg

The answer is right under mr sheens nose… Problem is its too big so he can’t see it!


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Farah is out and Tedesco injured…thats half our spine out.

Of course there is some tinkering to be done.

GAwd….

Simon, what’s the excuse when Farah comes back next week?

Well Farah will slot back into nine.

And no excuse……the team was falling apart and now we are winning with our old heads on.

I dont see a problem.

Sack SHeens.

@BenjiMagic96:

Stability in the spine is imperative in rugby league, but Sheens insists the latest shuffle is not a sign of desperation, saying he’s been a long admirer of Lawrence at second receiver.

“He’s trained very well there. I’ve got a high opinion of him in that position,” Sheens said on Thursday.

"He’ll run the ball - he’s got a good strong defensive game.

"He’ll get more involvement, more touches which I think is important for us.

“Particularly with Robbie out, our key players touching the ball more and getting closer to the ball is important.”

Marshall, whose move to No.7 will see him line up directly with Warriors’ wunderkind Shaun Johnson, also accepted the Tigers’ recent form wasn’t up to scratch, despite wins over Parramatta, Gold Coast and Penrith.

But he said the constant change, which has included Liam Fulton filling in at hooker on occasions and will have him playing with a makeshift hooker and five-eighth this week, was not a problem.

“And I’m probably not a traditional number seven, so we’re stuffed in all areas, aren’t we?,” Marshall joked.

"No, it’s not tough. It’s my job in the team and I think when you add a bit of pressure on it, when you have guys like Robbie out, you’ve just got to step up.

"I’m really going to have to step up my game as well as everyone in the team to cover those losses that we have with Robbie.

“I’m confident in Chris Lawrence that he can do a great job at five-eighth for us.”

Sheens said the team was better placed to cover for Farah than they were earlier in the year when he served a two-game suspension for a dangerous throw - resulting in two losses for the Tigers.

“We’ve worked hard as a unit and the boys who have had that bit of experience playing hooker, Tommy Humble in particular … has grown in that position,” Sheens said.

“So we’re a lot more comfortable with it at this stage of the season.”

Marshall admits it is scary to think about the potential of Johnson, who has drawn comparisons with the Kiwi captain due to his line-breaking ability and carefree style.

“It’s pretty scary to think what he can still achieve in the future compared to what he’s achieved in 11 months,” Marshall said.

Benji I’m not confident in what Rowdy can do at centre at the moment let alone five eight It will take a miracle for us tomorrow night or a massive brain snap by the Warriors for us to win Sorry for the lack of confidence all

"And I’m probably not a traditional number seven, so we’re stuffed in all areas, aren’t we?," Marshall joked.

You said it baby! I wonder if he was really joking, especially after Farah’s comments in the NSW camp earlier in the week. They surely can’t be enjoying this chopping and changing, not knowing their roles every week and it’s showing on the field. There is no cohesion, no structure to our attack, which was once the best in the NRL, now it’s almost non-existent! If they are all actually enjoying this weekly confusion, then they must be deluded.

@simonthetiger:

Well Farah will slot back into nine.

And no excuse……the team was falling apart and now we are winning with our old heads on.

I dont see a problem.


Nor do I … We haven’t lost for a month !

Or played at home in a month either.

@simonthetiger:

Well Farah will slot back into nine.

And no excuse……the team was falling apart and now we are winning with our old heads on.

I dont see a problem.

Sack SHeens.

O my Gawd…not another thread to bag Sheens and whine about about players in the wrong position.

Tedescos been injured since round ONE
Its now round ELEVEN!!

Farah is a HOOKER
We are tinkering with HALF, 5/8 & CENTRE

Some people would advise a band aid for a broken leg 😒

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@Flippedy:

"And I’m probably not a traditional number seven, so we’re stuffed in all areas, aren’t we?," Marshall joked.

You said it baby! I wonder if he was really joking, especially after Farah’s comments in the NSW camp earlier in the week. They surely can’t be enjoying this chopping and changing, not knowing their roles every week and it’s showing on the field. There is no cohesion, no structure to our attack, which was once the best in the NRL, now it’s almost non-existent! If they are all actually enjoying this weekly confusion, then they must be deluded.

I have no doubt Benji and Robbie have told Sheens to get a #7….problem is there aren’t many on the market…Gee Jeff Robson would’ve been a good pickup!

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