ADAM BLAIR’S WORK RATE IMPRESSES COACH TIM SHEENS
Tuesday 29 May 2012 8:31 PM
Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens is impressed with the work rate of second-rower Adam Blair in the opening half of the season.
The Kiwi vice captain is enjoying his first year at Wests Tigers after joining the Club following six seasons at Melbourne Storm. His experience has proved invaluable to the promising young forwards in the pack.
Sheens said Blair was beginning to adapt well to the Wests Tigers style of play and has not missed a match this season. Heading into last weekend’s win over the Cowboys, Blair was averaging 78 minutes a game, 9 runs, 68 metres, and 27 tackles per match.
“Adam’s work rate is great and he is just learning to play second nature in our game which isn’t easy,’’ Sheens said.
“He spent a long time at Melbourne playing a certain structure with certain calls.
“A lot of his work is unseen. He chases kickers, he is good in the tackle, carries the ball well and has got good footwork.
“Adam has had to come here and react quickly to how Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall play and that’s not easy as they play a lot of off the cuff football.
“It has taken Blairy a little bit of time to understand that but more and more he is finding his feet.
“Robbie likes playing off the back of Adam’s speed of the play the ball as it is hard to get him on the ground and hold him down.
“There are little things that you pay money for, not just scoring tries.”