South Sydney Rabbitohs clash the definitive test for Wests Tigers, says Jason Taylor
March 21, 2015 - 8:17PM
Jason Taylor admits the Wests Tigers’ showdown with South Sydney is the game he wants to win more than any other.
It’s not because the Rabbitohs sacked him six years ago; rather, he views it as his side’s litmus test.
Taylor will come up against the Rabbitohs for the first time since being dumped as coach in 2009 after he was involved in a Mad Monday altercation with David Fa’alogo.
He has returned to the NRL coaching ranks this year at the helm of the Tigers and has them off to a good start – they have won their opening two matches.
However, he is careful not to get carried away and says they will receive a test of their bona fides from the premiers and World Club champions at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. Taylor dead-batted any questions this week about lingering feelings he might have against South Sydney.
But he said the Rabbitohs, fresh from an impressive win over the Sydney Roosters, were the competition benchmark, which provided him all the motivation he needed. “They have proved they’re the best side in the competition at the moment,” Taylor said of Souths.
“The win last week was really strong, along with the World Club Challenge and last year’s premiership. There’s no debating that one.”
In the corresponding game last year, the Tigers ambushed the Rabbitohs. Their pack did a job on the Burgess brothers in a slugfest that was marred by several melees after Greg Inglis was taken from the field with a concussion following a high shot from Tim Simona.
With that performance, the Tigers seemingly handed the rest of the competition a blueprint on how to beat the Rabbitohs and several South Sydney players said this week it was still playing on their mind.
“We’ve had two solid wins but this is the litmus test … we’re going to have to work really hard to control what they do,” Taylor said.