Next season



  • With all the new changes happening at our club, which players do you think will improve and who would you like to see get the axe? For mine , i would like to see a big improvement in Brooks in 2015 and Lawrence and Gallaway given the axe if they don’t improve dramatically. Your thoughts and opinions?



  • @Tigermama,we need both Brooks and Moses to gel in the halves,they will be the organisers,Galloway to the bench and put in Lodge with Woods.Robbies attitude to change in the way that he doesn’t control every play,let Brooks and Moses do their job,as for Lawrence,big improvement needed although horrific injury didn’t help and isn’t the same centre any longer.I suppose we have to see who we have signed and where they will play.Our back line will be fantastic if they have a great off season,Moses ,Brooks,Simona,Taitaragi,Richards Nofaluma Tedesco .The forwards,Woods Farrah Lodge Thompson Tapau Blair also will benefit from the off season ,we will have to wait and see who stays and who goes,I haven’t heard anymore regarding Austin otherwise I would include him in the centres…these are only my thoughts and I hope they have a great 2015 …Cheers Tigermama……



  • If there is one thing that has really stood out during the two seasons under Potter it was the ridiculous weekly selection of a non-first grade level Lawrence in the centres. I find the fact that Potter never attempted to drop Lawrence a major blot on his coaching resume. Next years’ coach has to show a lot more courage than Potter and begin pre-season training with a centre pairing that does not include Lawrence. I believe that there is at least one class centre yet to be signed by Wests Tigers for 2015.

    Lawrence has to accept that the only place for him in 2015 is to play as a back row forward. It will be up to him to secure a first grade spot in this position.



  • @TrueTiger:

    @Tigermama,we need both Brooks and Moses to gel in the halves,they will be the organisers,Galloway to the bench and put in Lodge with Woods.Robbies attitude to change in the way that he doesn’t control every play,let Brooks and Moses do their job,as for Lawrence,big improvement needed although horrific injury didn’t help and isn’t the same centre any longer.I suppose we have to see who we have signed and where they will play.Our back line will be fantastic if they have a great off season,Moses ,Brooks,Simona,Taitaragi,Richards Nofaluma Tedesco .The forwards,Woods Farrah Lodge Thompson Tapau Blair also will benefit from the off season ,we will have to wait and see who stays and who goes,I haven’t heard anymore regarding Austin otherwise I would include him in the centres…these are only my thoughts and I hope they have a great 2015 …Cheers Tigermama……

    Good post. Apreciate your thoughts and opinion TT.



  • For us to improve they all will need to improve vastly

    But the big players we need to see improvements from will be Sironen ,Moses ,Simona ,Sue and Nofoaluma

    Brooks will need to conquer the 2nd season blues

    I haven’t mentioned Lawrence and Keefy as I don’t expect they will improve

    I don’t see moving dramatically up the table , as things in S&C won’t improve and we will struggle again with injuries

    I think a Top 10 finish will be a good result unless we can find a tackleholic back rower and a good centre



  • I thought brooks will have a great 2014 and was already nervous about 2015 thinking that 2nd year syndrome will strike in. However, he didn’t really have that great a 2014. I think brooks will be our biggest improver next year.

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  • We played well earlier this season when our forwards showed some mongrel to get across the advantage line and when our bench players were coming on after 20 mins with some fierce running and defensive aggression. We got teams onto the back foot with quick play the balls and even a few offloads. When you get that roll on, your dummy half starts to run and make breaks, your halves have more time and space and your backs look good. To this you add a quality kick and chase, and a low mistake and penalty rate (discipline). That’s a competitive formula.
    Once we lost that roll on and we were on the back foot, making too many tackles, exposing our defensive weaknesses, our rubbish kicking game and 5th tackle options. We made more and more mistakes and got more and more frustrated - and this is what we ended up playing like.
    It all starts up front. Brooks and Moses can not play well behind a beaten pack, so this is where we need to improve. Our forwards must dominate. IMO we have a real problem in our backrow - and I can’t see it changing unless we recruit. We simply do not possess the mobile hard running and hard hitting backrowers that other top 8 clubs have!



  • @TigerSJ:

    We played well earlier this season when our forwards showed some mongrel to get across the advantage line and when our bench players were coming on after 20 mins with some fierce running and defensive aggression. We got teams onto the back foot with quick play the balls and even a few offloads. When you get that roll on, your dummy half starts to run and make breaks, your halves have more time and space and your backs look good. To this you add a quality kick and chase, and a low mistake and penalty rate (discipline). That’s a competitive formula.
    Once we lost that roll on and we were on the back foot, making too many tackles, exposing our defensive weaknesses, our rubbish kicking game and 5th tackle options. We made more and more mistakes and got more and more frustrated - and this is what we ended up playing like.
    It all starts up front. Brooks and Moses can not play well behind a beaten pack, so this is where we need to improve. Our forwards must dominate. IMO we have a real problem in our backrow - and I can’t see it changing unless we recruit. We simply do not possess the mobile hard running and hard hitting backrowers that other top 8 clubs have!

    I think we have a lot more problems with the centre position with Lawrence seemingly having a mortgage on that position. A lot of people just cannot see the trees for the forest.



  • James Tedesco for me. If we’re to be any chance next year James needs to be fit, healthy and on the park for the majority of the season. When we lost him, we lost all our potency in attack.

    Lodge is someone I hope is in the mix for a first grade spot right from the beginning of the season. I’ve loved what I’ve seen from him. Lodge and Woods could potentially be our Webcke and Civoniceva.

    I’d like to see Lawrence get a crack in the forwards before we throw him on the scrapheap (I feel like a broken record writing that). His one on one defence is outstanding and his tackling technique is good too. If he were playing closer to the ruck he’d have less decisions to make and I think he’d be quick enough to get in and around other forwards with the ball. I hope who ever we get as coach can acknowledge that Chris’ days in the centres are over.



  • @happy tiger:

    For us to improve they all will need to improve vastly

    But the big players we need to see improvements from will be Sironen ,Moses ,Simona ,Sue and Nofoaluma

    Brooks will need to conquer the 2nd season blues

    I haven’t mentioned Lawrence and Keefy as I don’t expect they will improve

    I don’t see moving dramatically up the table , as things in S&C won’t improve and we will struggle again with injuries

    I think a Top 10 finish will be a good result unless we can find a tackleholic back rower and a good centre

    Agree with you Happy. As for our S&C? you hit it right on the nail. A compete overhaul is required in that department. I hope the new Board sees this as a priority as well, and makes the necessary changes quick smart.



  • I’ve been saying this forever but our defence needs improving. A lot.

    Everyone knows that good defence is all about attitude - what can I say? Our attitude at times stinks.

    Thinking about Lawrence, Potter’s claims that he didn’t have the support to make hard decisions got me thinking about Lawrence. Did Potter want to drop him but wasn’t allowed? I’d like him to fess up on that one.

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  • What you said about Teddy is true Fraze23. With out him our attack fizzled 😦 like Happy mentioned, unless the club improves our S&C situation there’s not much chance of Teddy or other players staying injury free for long periods of time next year either unfortunately. Here’s hoping they do though and us having a greAt year.



  • @cqtiger:

    I’ve been saying this forever but our defence needs improving. A lot.

    Everyone knows that good defence is all about attitude - what can I say? Our attitude at times stinks.

    Thinking about Lawrence, Potter’s claims that he didn’t have the support to make hard decisions got me thinking about Lawrence. Did Potter want to drop him but wasn’t allowed? I’d like him to fess up on that one.

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    Maybe Mick will write a “Tell all book” Lol. Give us all the goss. I 'd buy it 😉


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    @Tigermama:

    What you said about Teddy is true Fraze23. With out him our attack fizzled 😦 like Happy mentioned, unless the club improves our S&C situation there’s not much chance of Teddy or other players staying injury free for long periods of time next year either unfortunately. Here’s hoping they do though and us having a greAt year.

    A little birdie has told me new S and c team will be coming tigermama.Stay tuned 😉 😉



  • @cqtiger:

    I’ve been saying this forever but our defence needs improving. A lot.

    Everyone knows that good defence is all about attitude - what can I say? Our attitude at times stinks.

    Thinking about Lawrence, Potter’s claims that he didn’t have the support to make hard decisions got me thinking about Lawrence. Did Potter want to drop him but wasn’t allowed? I’d like him to fess up on that one.

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    So what do you with Lawrence in 2015? Same thing again? If that happens it doesn’t matter who the coach will be - we have forced ourselves into a corner to be big losers again. Remember that Fine was named centre of the year in State Cup this year yet he only tasted first grade in the last one or two matches of the season. Even when Fine did make first grade Lawrence was not dropped. How can you have a coach who is not responsible for selections? I think that is drawing a very long bow. Maybe in the juniors where the fathers try to intimidate the coach it happens.


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