Wests Tigers pivot Mitchell Moses says new attitude needed against Parramatta
Date March 26, 2016
Sports reporter & Video journalist
Wests Tigers wunderkind Mitchell Moses warns his teammates that they will be punished if they take last weekend’s attitude into their Easter Monday match against Parramatta.
After opening their season with convincing victories over the New Zealand Warriors and Manly, the Tigers were rattled 30-18 by the Gold Coast last Saturday and Moses, who has been in blistering form at five-eighth, said the Jason Taylor-coached team was determined to redeem itself at ANZ Stadium.
“Everyone has come to training really hurt,” said Moses of the mood among his teammates. "You could see on the players’ faces what we did on the weekend wasn’t up to scratch. We dropped way too much ball and I’m not taking anything away from the Gold Coast because they played really good.
“Hopefully [the long turnaround between games] helps us get our bodies right and hopefully we go 100 per cent into the game.”
Moses had no doubt Robbie Farah’s return from the knee injury that sidelined him for the opening three games of the season will help galvanise the Tigers, saying calmness was one distinct advantage of the 32-year-old not wearing the captain’s armband because “his head isn’t falling off every session”.
Nevertheless, when Farah runs out onto the field on Monday it will be the first time he hasn’t skippered the team since 2009. However, his replacement, Aaron Woods, insists the gritty NSW State of Origin hooker’s peers consider him an important member of the merged club’s leadership group.
“He’s the ultimate professional and he’s unreal for me,” Woods said. "When I was given the gig he was the first to congratulate me and the first to help me.
“We haven’t had any problems but if we do have any hiccups along the way the first person I’ll turn to is definitely Robbie.”