The Tigers made a promising start against a flat Rabbitohs side on Friday night but can they maintain it against tougher, more talented teams?
To my mind, two things will decide the Tigers fate in 2017 and these are;
1. ATTITUDE: They must turn up to play in every game. It was there in spades when they beat the Cowboys at Leichhardt last season but it was not present in the last round against the Raiders. We saw what happens when teams don’t turn up mentally when Saints punished the Panthers for their complacency yesterday.
2. HEALTH: We probably fielded our strongest squad yesterday and we saw what a talented group they are. Basically, we showed that we definitely have the forwards to lay a platform and the backs who can take advantage in spectacular fashion. However, if we lose any of these players, especially one of the play makers, we will be in trouble as we don’t have the depth.
Also, I’ll add something else. If the Tigers continue in this fashion, with the team fighting hard, winning their share of games and enjoying themselves by playing an attacking, creative brand of football, I think the club will keep the ‘Big Four’, no question.