Taupau looking to start strong
Wed 5th March, 12:37PM
Amongst four players set to make their Wests Tigers’ debut this weekend, Martin Taupau will be out to impress with the goal of securing a permanent place in the team.
Recruited from the Bulldogs for this season, the Auckland-born prop played just 21 NRL games in three seasons at his previous Club due to injuries and limited opportunties amongst a strong forward pack.
With a solid pre-season under his belt, the man nicknamed ‘Kapow’ is hoping to replicate his impressive performances in the Club’s trial matches against St George Illawarra and more importantly, throughout the entire season.
“The whole point of the trial matches is to get back in routine, improve your weaknesses and now I’m really looking forward to the Dragons game,” Taupau said.
“New colours, new team, new coach and a new beginning - it’s important I start off well so it’s all guns blazing for me this week against St George Illawarra.”
With fellow prop forward James Gavet also making his top grade debut for the Wests Tigers this weekend, Taupau is excited by the front row rotation that will take on the Dragons this Sunday.
“We have a good mix of power, strength and endurance, especially with (Aaron) Woods who has the ability to play 70 minutes,” Taupau said.
“We have got a good rotation there and it should be exciting amongst that forward pack this week.”
With Keith Galloway expected to return from injury in Round 2 and young gun Nathan Brown playing NSW Cup, Taupau knows competition for places will be tough this season.
“I really want to play well and keep my spot for the remainder of the year,” Taupau said. “I’ve got to be consistent as always, that’s my main goal for 2014.”
We could be in for a sneaky good season up front if (big if) they avoid injuries. I don’t like Galloway and Woods as a combination alone as they lack mongrel and aggression, they don’t scare anyone. They are good players in their won right. However with Tapau and Gavet, you have potentially a couple of wreaking ball types that make impact on the collisions. Then you have Ava, Blair if needed, Buchanan and Brown. Its a very under rated cast in my opinion and could be one of the sneaky strengths that slips under the opposition guards.
I still have big concerns about our back row and five eight. However Potter has started to mould and accumulate some props which hopefully means a more north/south game based on power with Farah and Brooks asking questions at the line.
Looking the strongest we’ve looked in a while.
Think Taupau is the one I’m looking forward to seeing the most.
He has a lot of skills for a big man…
I remember he chased down dean gagai… In an u20s international and took him over the sideline.
And last year off a kick off he was returning the ball. Saw an opportunity and threw a cut out to the winger… Made an extra 30 meters.
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