Wests Tigers roster strong enough: Woods

Wests Tigers roster strong enough: Woods

Fri 14 Aug, 2015, 10:25am
By Steve Zemek, AAP

Aaron Woods says there is no need for a roster cleanout as the Wests Tigers try to continue an end-of-season form surge.

By their own admission, the Tigers have been one of the disappointments of the NRL season.

But after sitting at the bottom of the table for most of the year, the Tigers have managed to improve their position on the premiership ladder with two spirited wins.

Their victories over Canberra and Melbourne have been a vindication for coach Jason Taylor who has stressed patience and insisted there were positive signs despite his side being out of the finals race.

Manly and Newcastle - who the Tigers take on at Campbelltown on Saturday - have already signalled their intentions for a roster overhaul in the off-season.

Woods says the Tigers are in a different position.

“A lot of the blokes know their role in the team now, as you can see from the way we’re performing,” Woods said.

"It’s just going to take a little bit of time. We had a coach come in with some new structures.

"The boys were a bit locked up in their structures and thought they had to play everything to the structure but JT (Taylor) opened us up as we went through the year.

“That’s something we’ve got to keep working on, work hard in the pre-season and start next season with a win.”

Should the Tigers beat the Knights, it will all but kill off any fear of them finishing last.

Woods says they’re too good to finish with the wooden spoon, pointing to wins over Canterbury, South Sydney and Melbourne as proof of their quality.

“We’ve shown in patches throughout the year that we can mix it with the good sides but it’s just not good enough,” Woods said.

“We’ve had so many games where we just couldn’t put teams away in the end so our biggest downfall is just switching off in the last 10 or 20 minutes and the other team sort of ran away with it.”

STATS THAT MATTER

  • The Tigers have conceded 157 penalties this season, the most of any team

  • Newcastle have conceded more tries (4.7 per game) and more linebreaks (5.8 per game) than any other team this season

  • The Knights’ record away from home has been abysmal, losing seven straight, with six of those by 14 points or more

  • James Tedesco has the most tackle busts in the competition (131), made the most linebreaks for a fullback (17) and is one of only two players with double figures for both tries and try assists.

@willow:

"It’s just going to take a little bit of time. We had a coach come in with some new structures.

"The boys were a bit locked up in their structures and thought they had to play everything to the structure but JT (Taylor) opened us up as we went through the year.

Interesting that Woods is stating the same thing that a bunch of us have stated.

@willow:

James Tedesco has the most tackle busts in the competition (131), made the most linebreaks for a fullback (17) and is one of only two players with double figures for both tries and try assists.

How good is this guy ? Seriously he is our best player and he must be up there with the best players in the game.

Teddys stats are incredible, especially playing in a losing team

We need leaders, we need top shelf, hard nosed - cop no crap leaders

Woods is taking the P surely

Woods’ statement, “The boys were a bit locked up in their structures and thought they had to play everything to the structure but JT (Taylor) opened us up as we went through the year”, would indicate a distinct lack of communication between coach and players at least during the early part of the season.

@Newtown:

Woods’ statement, “The boys were a bit locked up in their structures and thought they had to play everything to the structure but JT (Taylor) opened us up as we went through the year”, would indicate a distinct lack of communication between coach and players at least during the early part of the season.

Thats if you take everything a front rower says 100% literally.
Im sure its somewhere between 50% accurate and 50% inacurate

woodsie time for a hair cut the weight is affecting your brian bubby.

If it’s strong enough why was it running last a few weeks back

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Aaron must of been off the pack at the time the raiders were moving up at 20 mter intervals easily …steam rolling over the strong roster .

Sadly JT only opened the attack as our season slipped away. The one out running early in the season was pathetic.

I have always thought we had a reasonably strong top squad, just for a while there we never played to our strengths.

Good to see he has some confidence in his team, whether it’s well-founded or not. I’m reasonably confident many of our players will start next year in a better position than we did this year. And Chee Kam is potentially an astute buy for our most vulnerable area

Personally, I worry that we will be really short of depth next year. A couple of key injuries will sink us.

I agree with Woods …. We aren’t too far off mixing it with the top teams.
Won’t be next year but 2017 is looking hopeful.

Woods spoke too soon . He goes down halatu goes down and we can’t keep up. Need more depth.

We are carrying Buchanan and Lovett.

There are better players in the club. I dont see it as a depth issue, i see it as a selection issue.

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