Coaching Insider: Round 2



  • Coaching Insider: Round 2
    Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Fri 16 Mar 2018, 09:51 AM

    Wests Tigers Coach Ivan Cleary says his side are looking forward to the great opportunity that exists this week as they take on the Storm at AAMI Park.

    After a stunning first-up win over the Sydney Roosters, the challenge again goes up a notch for Cleary’s men as they take on the defending premiers in their first home game of the year — a fixture that also doubles as Billy Slater’s return from injury as well as his 300th career first-grade match.

    With the Premiership trophy being presented to the crowd pre-game, Saturday’s game is certainly a tough ask for any team, and Cleary said the challenge was one that the team was well aware of.

    “It’s the biggest challenge in football, taking on Melbourne in Melbourne, and it probably has been for a number of years,” Cleary said before training today. "It’s really not anything different in that respect.

    "I think it’s a great opportunity to go down there and play the best team in a big game — a milestone game.

    "It’s a good opportunity to see where we are and test ourselves.

    “I think this is my 22nd game here and I don’t think we’ve been favourites once,” he added.

    “We’re used to being outsiders and it really doesn’t make any difference to us.”

    Saturday’s game comes as part of an intense first month for Wests Tigers, who face off against all of last year’s top four teams before a second game against the defending premiers — all inside five weeks.

    But with one win under the belt already, Cleary said the team were rising to the challenge ahead of them.

    “The draw we were given always had that look to it,” he said.

    "For us, there’s more questions than answers at the moment. We answered a few last week with a good performance but it’s on again this week and we’re all looking forward to the challenge.

    “We’ll just give it our best and see how we go.”



  • I am very much looking forward to this particular game.

    Last year in round 1 we flogged the Rabbitohs and I thought maybe we had turned the corner.
    Unfortunately we copped a couple of hidings from Penrith and the Raiders. Next thing, we sacked our coach, we had the 4 amigo dramas and well….

    Then came Ivan.

    This year we beat one of the hot favourites in round 1, what does round 2 have in store for us?

    All I have ever asked is that our defense improves. I have not asked we win every game but that we are competitive and close in every game.

    THIS is a very important game for mine.



  • @:

    I am very much looking forward to this particular game.

    Last year in round 1 we flogged the Rabbitohs and I thought maybe we had turned the corner.
    Unfortunately we copped a couple of hidings from Penrith and the Raiders. Next thing, we sacked our coach, we had the 4 amigo dramas and well….

    Then came Ivan.

    This year we beat one of the hot favourites in round 1, what does round 2 have in store for us?

    All I have ever asked is that our defense improves. I have not asked we win every game but that we are competitive and close in every game.

    THIS is a very important game for mine.

    Well said, couldn’t agree more.

    We have a big opportunity here to make a statement early that we’re a changed team and make it noticed we’re here to play and you’re gonna be in for a battle if you meet us.

    Got a feeling this game is gonna be a craka!!



  • @:

    I am very much looking forward to this particular game.

    Last year in round 1 we flogged the Rabbitohs and I thought maybe we had turned the corner.
    Unfortunately we copped a couple of hidings from Penrith and the Raiders. Next thing, we sacked our coach, we had the 4 amigo dramas and well….

    Then came Ivan.

    This year we beat one of the hot favourites in round 1, what does round 2 have in store for us?

    All I have ever asked is that our defense improves. I have not asked we win every game but that we are competitive and close in every game.

    THIS is a very important game for mine.

    There were a few red flags in that game. Firstly, they had no halfback and Inglis was on one leg. We got out to a game winning lead, but conceded 3 late tries.

    Last week was much more solid, even if the attack looked average. Still, night and day to last year.



  • As long as we’re competitive for 80 minutes - I want to see last week’s effort replicated, and hopefully the execution improves. Talent-wise across the park, Melbourne have us covered, but if we play as a team, we can push them.



  • @:

    All I have ever asked is that our defense improves. I have not asked we win every game but that we are competitive and close in every game.

    Im much the same, at the end of the day all i want is a decent forward pack who play tough.

    Round 1 was the first time since a few good weeks that Potter had that ive been happy with them.



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