This is Scott Woodward’s Million Dollar Ratings on the Wests Tigers chances this year……Does he really know 100% that Lote is certain to be with the Tigers in 2010…personally apart from his marketing pull he brings, Lote is not really needed i n our backline…
I also thought Rocky Trimarchi was not kept by the Tigers
Wests Tigers……Scott’s Likely Team
1 Jake Mullaney/ Lote Tuqiri
2 Lote Tuqiri/ Beau Ryan
3 Blake Ayshford
4 Chris Lawrence
5 Taniela Tuiaki
6 Benji Marshall*
7 Tim Moltzen*
8 Jason Cayless/Bryce Gibbs
9 Robbie Farah*
10 Keith Galloway
11 Gareth Ellis
12 Todd Payten
13 Chris Heighington/Mark Flanagan
14 Jason Schirnack/Junior Moors
15 Liam Fulton
16 Rocky Trimarchi
17 Robert Lui /Tame Tupou
*** Denotes critical to team structure**
SCOTT SAYS: Led the NRL in 2009 with the most line breaks and an impressive average of 4.3 tries per game. Excellent spine and depth, and little between them and Parramatta at seasons end in 2009. Former premiership winning coach Steve Folks is the new conditioner.
COACH Tim Sheens RATING: 7.5/10
TO WIN PREMIERSHIP: This is a very well balanced team with a real shot. The highly promising Mullaney or Tuqiri need to hold down fullback so emerging star Moltzen can combine with Benjy and Farah. Moltzen blossomed in 2009 and he could make the difference at 7.
TO MAKE TOP 8: Definitely if Farah stays fit.
TO WIN WOODEN SPOON: No
2009 AFTER 26 ROUNDS: 9th
2010 RATING: =4th
Ins: Lote Tuqiri (Rugby Union), Geoff Daniela (Panthers), Mitch Brown (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Bradford Bulls, UK Super League), Arana Taumata (Melbourne Storm), Liam Ayoub (Tigers, NYC), Junior Moors (Panthers), Mark Flanagan (UK Wigan), Jason Cayless(St Helens), Liam Fulton (Huddersfield Giants), Daniel Fitzhenry (Hull KR)
Outs: Dean Collis (Sharks), John Morris (Sharks), Shannon Gallant (Cowboys), Peni Tagive (Dragons), Dene Halatau (Bulldogs), Daine Laurie (Panthers), John Skandalis (Retired), Danny Galea (Canberra Raiders).
I have no idea if Lote is coming or not. I hope so but time will tell how it turns out. He could play for us and not be at the top level. He could come back and we could have the best back 3 in the comp.
As for that team as noted by the writer Moltzen & Benji are critical players and should be in the halves. If Farah can regain top form we have 3 players in key positions who are guns. If Lote / Mullaney or whoever turns out solid performances at fullback we have a good squad.
Add to that players like Lawrence, Tuiaki, Galloway & Ellis and we could win the comp.
When you look at that suggested line up and realise that there are a considerable number of extra dual options in key positions, plus players like Arana, Mataka, Fitz, Brown and Daniela aren’t even included, it makes you realise how strong our squad and depth actually is!
Bring on 2010!!!