Sheens wants more from Tigers

Sheens wants more from Wests Tigers
April 8, 2010 - 6:29PM

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His side may be sitting third on the NRL ladder, but Tim Sheens insists Wests Tigers’ form needs to improve if they are to remain a genuine contender for a top-four spot.

Sheens admitted the Tigers were fortunate to beat Canberra on Sunday after clawing back a 22-10 half-time deficit to win 35-22, and said the Raiders had shown up his side in the first half.

“We’ve been patchy, I was very happy with the Parramatta game, but the other games have been up and down. We had an ordinary loss to the Roosters and were on our way to a loss last week at Canberra,” Sheens said.

“I wouldn’t say we are in great form, but patches of form and the Raiders fired a shot across our bows last week.”

The Tigers are yet to enjoy a seven-day turnaround this season, and face another road trip this Saturday when they take on North Queensland in Townsville, a place where they lost 42-14 last season.

Sheens admitted he is finding it difficult to prepare his side in the manner he would like ahead of matches.

“There is more time spent on the recovery than on the paddock so we have to be light on them, not change too many things in the team,” he said.

"It is very difficult, we will have just two sessions this week, the rest has been spent in the pool.

“It would be nice to get in a rhythm on seven-day turnarounds but that won’t happen.”

The veteran coach, who celebrated his 300th victory last week, is expecting a fast start from the Cowboys, who ended Gold Coast’s unbeaten start to the season last Saturday, and told his side they cannot keep allowing teams to open up big leads.

“The crowd up there in Townsville really got into it and they and Johnathan (Thurston) played them into the game and once they get their noses in front they are very hard to stop,” he said.

“Last year they put 40 points on us, it was our worst loss and we have to work hard at mentally preparing as physically, we can’t do a lot.”

The form of Lote Tuqiri is one thing that has pleased Sheens, with the dual international winger making a seamless transition back into the NRL following his eight-year rugby stint.

Tuqiri has bagged four tries in as many games, and Sheens said he is unsurprised that his star signing has made an immediate impact.

“He is doing what he has to do, he’s working off the ball, he is taking his hit-ups when he has to and his dummy-half runs are good and he finishes his opportunities when he gets them,” Sheens said.

The Tigers will be without prop Keith Galloway for the trip to Townsville after the 24-year-old failed from a shoulder injury he picked up against the Raiders.

He is also sweating on the fitness of centre Blake Ayshford who is battling an ankle problem.

7 day turnarounds? They had 9 days to prepare for the Raiders games. It’s a poor comment for Sheens to make, particularly as most teams are in the same boat.

@AJ*:

7 day turnarounds? They had 9 days to prepare for the Raiders games. It’s a poor comment for Sheens to make, particularly as most teams are in the same boat.

Straight away savaging sheens?

He didnt make that comment, the journalist did.

Sit down mate.

“It would be nice to get in a rhythm on seven-day turnarounds but that won’t happen.”

That’s a Sheens quote, not a journalist comment.

What is wrong with discussing preparations.

He clearly stated that it is about mental preparation and physical recovery.

I think more than anything it was a little dig at the Dragons 7 day turnaround regimented start to the year

@hybrid_tiger:

“It would be nice to get in a rhythm on seven-day turnarounds but that won’t happen.”

That’s a Sheens quote, not a journalist comment.

That part is correct Hybrid. He is talking about “rhythm” in the sense of every week being a 7 day turnaround. It seems to me that Sheens is actually downplaying the journalists theme.

I agree, 3 out 4 to start the season is all very well but you’ve got to consolidate and focus on your upcoming matches and especially in such a tough away game as the one coming up. plus top 4 means nothing at this time of season, it’s about who performs more towards mid-lower season that counts and that gives them momentum going into finals. i.e parramatta last year

I honestly think we’re ready for this encounter though, sheens mentioned the 40 points they put on last year, but with the mix of talent, awareness and class, I believe we’re more than ready for this game.

People keep telling us we’re a better side this year but i’ve haven’t seen a lot that convinces me. In attack we’re doing about as well as ever but our defence is the 3rd or 4th worst in the league. We’ve seen flashes of good defence but until we see it week to week i’m not convinced on us yet. We need to be ruthless and that means not giving teams starts or clocking off for 20 mins here and there.

to be honest, i will just be happy with a win.
don’t care if it is by one point.
bottom line is you can be really good in a game, but not get the vital two points.
thats what its all about walking away with the two competition points.

@Footy Head Goodness:

Fans want more from Sheens!

I Disagree - I want MUCH more from our Team.

These men who have the God given Tallent and physical prowess to have a exceptional lifestyle by being payed for playing a game… Its time for YOU to Step up.

The Players need to remember that they need to deliver each week and Tackle their brains out.

Coach has nothing to do with your Hindmarshs, Steve Prices, Sam Thaidays etc who bust it week in and Week out.

PERSONAL ATTITUDE AND COMMITMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL

Coach Sheens is an easy scapegoat… Gives me the poopily doopily… Man management can only go so far…

@westTAHger:

to be honest, i will just be happy with a win.
don’t care if it is by one point.
bottom line is you can be really good in a game, but not get the vital two points.
thats what its all about walking away with the two competition points.

You’d just be happy if we won. I’d be bloody over the moon!

A few blocks of 4-5 games in a row would be a dream for us.

@Tigerpete:

People keep telling us we’re a better side this year but i’ve haven’t seen a lot that convinces me. In attack we’re doing about as well as ever but our defence is the 3rd or 4th worst in the league. We’ve seen flashes of good defence but until we see it week to week i’m not convinced on us yet. We need to be ruthless and that means not giving teams starts or clocking off for 20 mins here and there.

We are third best in terms of line breaks against us. Something is obviously working. Otherwise I agree that our defense needs to be on ball the whole game.

@Tigerpete:

People keep telling us we’re a better side this year but i’ve haven’t seen a lot that convinces me. In attack we’re doing about as well as ever but our defence is the 3rd or 4th worst in the league. We’ve seen flashes of good defence but until we see it week to week i’m not convinced on us yet. We need to be ruthless and that means not giving teams starts or clocking off for 20 mins here and there.

here, here…, i’ve seen nothing to convince me too. I think we’re heading for a big loss this week. I hope not but the way i see it we’ve been pulling wins out of our arse…, Parra excluded.

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