Simona is his harshest critic...


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    Simona is his harshest critic

    Martin Gabor Fri 09 Dec, 2016, 6:00am
    By Martin Gabor ‌, National Correspondent , NRL.com


    A candid Tim Simona says he was disappointed with his form for the Wests Tigers last season and is determined to do everything in his powers to make amends in 2017.

    It was a surprising admission from the 25-year-old given it was statistically his best season since 2013 in terms of tries, although he did make more errors and averaged fewer metres than he did in the previous two years.

    The speedy centre enjoyed a purple patch in the middle of the year when he scored in five straight games between rounds 12-17, but either side of that he only managed one four-pointer for the black and golds.

    Simona - who had a shoulder reconstruction after the 2016 season - had spoken about his form with Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor who didn’t share his views.

    The Samoan representative said he wanted to get more involved – particularly in attack – and was confident he had the tools necessary to do so.

    “Personally I was pretty disappointed with my year. I really want to have a big year [in 2017] and hopefully I can do that,” Simona told NRL.com at the launch of the Auckland Nines at Rugby League Central on Wednesday.

    "I spoke one-on-one with my coach and he told me that I’d had a pretty good year, but I just know for myself as a player that I’ve got plenty more to prove.

    “It’s a bit of everything. Attack, defence, and mental – I can push myself [more] when I’m tired and stuff like that. I want to get more involved and get my hands on the ball more and lead the boys around. I think I can do that better.”

    With new recruit Jamal Idris impressing all and sundry in the pre-season, and with several Holden Cup graduates keen to impress the coaching staff, Simona wants to lift his game to new heights to ensure he’s there for the Tigers’ Round 1 showdown with the Rabbitohs on March 3.

    “It’s not only Jamal [applying pressure]. We’ve got a lot of young guys coming up through the ranks,” he said.

    “Watson Heleta and a few of the young players coming through the 20s are emerging and they’re trying to find a spot as well. For me, I just want to keep going at it, keep training hard and hopefully I can be in that starting team come 2017.”

    Before Simona can start to worry about 2017, he and his teammates must first survive a torturous pre-season camp in Bulli.

    The Wests Tigers are currently in the middle of a week-long camp on New South Wales’ south coast, and according to Simona, it is more gruelling than anything he’s ever experienced.

    “We did a biathlon, it was sort of an ironman in the morning and then we climbed hills in the afternoon,” he said.

    "It was pretty tough, but that’s what pre-season is all about. It’s about getting the boys to come together and bond, work as a team and stuff like that.

    "That’s by far the hardest thing I’ve done in a pre-season. My legs are still shaking from the hill runs yesterday. We’ve got a day off today and then back into it tomorrow.

    "The boys are loving it. We love training hard and working for each other.

    “The boys will say it’s one of the hardest things that they’ve ever done, but you can’t back away. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do in the pre-season. Finding the extra energy now will hopefully make all the difference next year.”

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  • Pre-season 2017 sounds like the boys are really close and bonding well…



  • well ……thats got me pumped 😐



  • He is right in his summary. Our play makers need to help him out more with early ball though as well



  • I think the criticism on himself is fair, although I must say he didn’t see a lot of quality ball from Brooks who predominantly plays that left edge attack. I just want to see Simona fit and healthy for round 1, as long as he can stay fit, I think he’ll come good, particularly if Brooks form improves on last season.


  • Banned

    In his defence he wasnt our worst center, in fact he was our best.
    He had a quiet year. Looking forward to a better effort next year.



  • A winger outside him giving options will create space. A second rower inside him running clean consistent lines will create space. Quality early ball from Brooks will create opportunity.

    Simona wasn’t at his best in 2016, I think he was carrying some niggles but I think any centre would have struggled to have much impact on our left side in 2016.



  • @Cosimo_Zaretti:

    A winger outside him giving options will create space. A second rower inside him running clean consistent lines will create space. Quality early ball from Brooks will create opportunity.

    Simona wasn’t at his best in 2016, I think he was carrying some niggles but I think any centre would have struggled to have much impact on our left side in 2016.

    The Myth… one would hope the show pony finally wants to get down and dirty and earn his keep ,I will not hold my breath .



  • @willow:

    I think the criticism on himself is fair, although I must say he didn’t see a lot of quality ball from Brooks who predominantly plays that left edge attack. I just want to see Simona fit and healthy for round 1, as long as he can stay fit, I think he’ll come good, particularly if Brooks form improves on last season.

    If you compare the early ball that Kev got with Simona’s, it’s chalk and cheese.



  • It’s his decision making that concerns me. When in space he is too inclined to go for the miracle play rather than take the tackle and maintain pressure.



  • @fibrodreaming:

    It’s his decision making that concerns me. When in space he is too inclined to go for the miracle play rather than take the tackle and maintain pressure.

    True but his conversion rate on miracle plays isn’t terrible. He’s gotten away with a fair few of them, which is probably part of the problem…



  • @Snake:

    @Cosimo_Zaretti:

    A winger outside him giving options will create space. A second rower inside him running clean consistent lines will create space. Quality early ball from Brooks will create opportunity.

    Simona wasn’t at his best in 2016, I think he was carrying some niggles but I think any centre would have struggled to have much impact on our left side in 2016.

    The Myth… one would hope the show pony finally wants to get down and dirty and earn his keep ,I will not hold my breath .

    I’m just saying that in a left side of Brooks, Lawrence, Simona and Rankin, I never felt Simona was the problem.



  • Re: our left side defence:
    ARM tk mt
    Simona 95.7 12.4 1.5
    Lawrence 98.4 26.6 2.6
    Brooks 12.9 4.7

    compared with his peers
    Crooker 96.3 12.6 1.3
    Jennings 92.4 11.3 1.2
    Kenny-Dowall 125.8 7 1.4

    Not much difference in tackles/missed.



  • I’m surprised to see Jennings only misses an avg of 1.2 a game. I guess I’m predudiced after some shockers in origin over the years.



  • @Cosimo_Zaretti:

    I’m surprised to see Jennings only misses an avg of 1.2 a game. I guess I’m predudiced after some shockers in origin over the years.

    Jennings don’t count as missed tackles as he races up straight past his man and they score on the wing.
    QLD have a field day with him.


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