Wests Tigers forward Elijah Taylor says the team are feeling good heading into next Saturday’s blockbuster clash against the Cronulla Sharks at Leichhardt Oval.
Having won two of the last three games since the arrival of Coach Ivan Cleary, Taylor said being able to close out Sunday’s tight win over the Bullodgs has given the team plenty of momentum.
“It’s definitely a confidence-booster for us against a team like the Bulldogs,” he said.
"They’ve got some big boys and a big pack — our history against them hasn’t been too great, but with all the off-field dramas and us to put a gutsy effort in really builds some confidence.
"Ivan’s come in and changed a few things and it’s showing in our results.
"Training has really picked up, but the philosophies are quite simple.
“He knows how to get everyone playing as a team, which is great.”
See what Taylor had to say in full about this week’s game in the video above!
Wests Tigers forward Chris Lawrence says the calmness shown by Coach Ivan Cleary is starting to show in his side after a gutsy win over the Bulldogs on Sunday night.
After dropping a 22-10 lead against the Parramatta Eels in Round 7, Lawrence said delivering late in the match against the Bulldogs was an important step for the team to take in 2017.
“It’s certainly a good feeling to get the win,” Lawrence said.
"We feel like we let one get away last week so it’s good to get there this week.
"I think [Ivan’s] really tried to simplify things, which has been helpful.
"It’s helped keep our minds focused on the things we do well and reinforced that.
"At times, we’ve been guilty of trying to put too much on in attack, and that lack of execution in attack is really hurting our defence, and they’re the issues we’ve been working through.
“For us, it’s about giving ourselves an opportunity in that last 10 minutes,” he said.
“Some games you’re not going to win in those situations, but if you’re in every game, then we know we’ve got enough talent to get ourselves over the line in those tight situations.”
See what Chris had to say in full about the win over the Bulldogs in the video above!