Revamped Wests Tigers...


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    Revamped Tigers out to spring surprises after big off-season
    Author Tanisha Stanton Timestamp Wed 28 Feb 2018, 12:59 PM

    A more aggressive forward pack and a team-first attitude are the focus for the Wests Tigers after a strong off-season recruiting drive for 2018.

    After losing big names Aaron Woods and James Tedesco following their 14th-placed finish last season, the Tigers have overhauled their line-up with forwards Russell Packer, Ben Matulino and Chris McQueen joining the back and Josh Reynolds and club legend Benji Marshall adding class and experience in the halves.

    There was the perception last year that other teams were able to out-muscle the Tigers’ forward pack, which ranked above only the Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle Knights for hit-up metres in 2017, but lock Sauaso Sue told NRL.com that would not be the case this year.

    “We got a lot of new recruits now with Russell Packer, Ben Matulino and Chris McQueen. A lot of big forwards there and big aggressive guys, so I think we are going to lose that perception real quick in the first few rounds,” Sue said.

    “They bring a lot of aggression and experience. A lot of them have played finals so I’m looking forward to playing with those guys and hopefully they can lead us into a finals run and a premiership.”

    Sue said coach Ivan Cleary had put the team through their paces this pre-season, with the Tigers aiming to have an edge in fitness over their opponents at the start of the campaign.

    “It’s been pretty solid. Probably the hardest pre-season I’ve had in seven years so I’m looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.

    “Being fitter, having a higher level of intensity and trying to manipulate the game, its game speed and how tough it is.”

    Last season the Tigers had the fourth worst defensive record in the league, but a new mentality in the squad could be answer in 2017.

    “Just looking like a team – no individuals, everyone on the same page and winning more games hopefully than we did the last few years,” Sue said.


    Outside back Malakai Watene-Zelezniak joined the squad last April and is excited about the additions of Marshall and Reynolds.

    “They’ve been awesome. Benji’s experience he’s brought back to the club, to the younger boys and to the rest of the squad – he’s brought the boys in tight, he’s brought his character and charisma and it’s been awesome for our culture,” Watene-Zelezniak said.

    “You go right through to Josh Reynolds who brings his competitiveness, his willingness to compete on every play.”

    The Tigers enjoyed an impressive win in their first trial against the North Queensland Cowboys before suffering a 12-point loss to the Cronulla Sharks last weekend. Watene-Zelezniak said the squad took away some positives from both matches but that there was still some work to be done.

    “I think we are taking away the confidence we had after the Cowboys game but we had a real test up against the Sharks, they are a great side and they took it to us on Saturday,” he said.

    "They were a grinding team and they grinded away at us. It was good to test ourselves up against the Sharks.

    “We definitely have a lot to improve on but it’s a great start and we are taking confidence out of it.”

    The Tigers face the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in round one and Watene-Zelezniak told NRL.com their focus would be starting the game strong and maintaining that intensity throughout the match.

    “Our main focus is getting through our structure, our phase-one sets which is getting into the game, feeling the rhythm of the game and completing our sets. That’s what we’re focusing on come round one and hopefully we can be competitive throughout the whole game.”
    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/02/28/revamped-tigers-out-to-spring-surprises-after-big-off-season/



  • So it sounds like Malakai will get the wing spot and Thompson will be the fullback in round one.



  • :wahoo:

    “Feel the rhythm”

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    :wahoo:

    “Feel the rhythm”

    😒

    What’s wrong grumpy…



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    @:

    :wahoo:

    “Feel the rhythm”

    😒

    What’s wrong grumpy…

    Just having a laugh at fluff article number 32 !

    Why aren’t you at school ?


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    :wahoo:

    “Feel the rhythm”

    😒

    What’s wrong grumpy…

    Just having a laugh at fluff article number 32 !

    Why aren’t you at school ?

    Lunch…

    why aren’t you painting the skyline Black White & Gold with a big No. 7 on the roof…?



  • The Sharks are a wake up call. Were not top 8 material yet. Definitely not top 4.

    But we work at it we can get there. We will finish above 12 this year and hopefully can go from strength to strength.



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    :wahoo:

    “Feel the rhythm”

    😒

    What’s wrong grumpy…

    Just having a laugh at fluff article number 32 !

    Why aren’t you at school ?

    Lunch…

    why aren’t you painting the skyline Black White & Gold with a big No. 7 on the roof…?

    too busy , although I could get it wrapped !

    And it’s orange not gold :bash

    😆



  • Our effort against the Sharks was not bad considering they had a full strength team and we didn’t. Sue Taylor Twal Eisunhuth went off early…



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    Our effort against the Sharks was not bad considering they had a full strength team and we didn’t. Sue Taylor Twal Eisunhuth went off early…

    You could probably add Lolohea to that list….He only played 3 minutes if that. I for one will be disappointed if he’s not in the Rd 1 team.
    Last year he played quite well in a position he hadn’t played much and looked dangerous at times. It will be MADNESS if he isn’t in next week’s team list.



  • Can we add a little icon image of this in the title bar for these threads



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    Can we add a little icon image of this in the title bar for these threads

    Marshmallows in a jar? Wtf lol



  • We didn’t throw in the towel against the Sharks, but I reckon we also looked flat, energy-wise. The Sharks definitely played with a lot more intent than we did, and you could see our forwards were gassed after 10 minutes. I have no doubt we are a fitter side than last year, but whatever training we did heading into that trial was probably too much.

    I’m expecting a much more energetic side to play against the Roosters, but whether the defence is good enough to hold them out, well the jury is still out. Brooks and Reynolds really have to control things well in attack if we’re going to put any points past them and I’m not convinced they have it in them just yet.



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    We didn’t throw in the towel against the Sharks, but I reckon we also looked flat, energy-wise. The Sharks definitely played with a lot more intent than we did, and you could see our forwards were gassed after 10 minutes. I have no doubt we are a fitter side than last year, but whatever training we did heading into that trial was probably too much.

    I’m expecting a much more energetic side to play against the Roosters, but whether the defence is good enough to hold them out, well the jury is still out. Brooks and Reynolds really have to control things well in attack if we’re going to put any points past them and I’m not convinced they have it in them just yet.

    The Sharkies played like they were ready for round 1, i feel like we were still experimenting quite a few things. But yeah totally agree with you willow.



  • What’s everyone going to be talking about if we should by some chance beat the Roosters
    I wouldn’t bet my house on a Roosters victory
    Still to many unknowns about the tigers side to write them off
    Let us all pray now for a victory
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