The spooky similarities linking Wests Tigers to 2005 premiership team

The spooky similarities linking Wests Tigers to 2005 premiership team
AAPAPRIL 17, 201811:37AM

THE Wests Tigers are embracing the challenge laid down to them by coach Ivan Cleary to write their own history as they seek a 2005-style NRL premiership boilover.

It’s difficult to compare sides 13 years apart, but you can’t help but see similarities between Tim Sheen’s ‘05 Tigers which claimed one of the biggest upsets in the league’s history and Cleary’s class of ‘18.

Iin 2005, they were paying $81 with the TAB, had missed the finals in each of the joint venture’s first five years and Benji Marshall had the No.6 on his back.

This year, they were $67 before round one, were absent from the last six finals series and Marshall is once again back in his old jersey.

While a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since 2005, and the Tigers are only a quarter of the way through the season, the two sides are united by a lack of expectation.

Just as they were given short shrift by the punters and pundits back then, the Tigers are relishing the chance to write their own destiny.

“It’s hard to compare, the game’s changed,” Marshall said when asked to compare the two eras.

“Ivan’s said it from the start of pre-season, there’s no expectation on us to do anything, we get to create our own culture, decide where we wanted to be on the table and play however we wanted to play.

“With a lot of new faces being signed, you don’t know how that’s going to go. The guys he did sign, he brought in experience and guys who wanted to compete and win and that’s rubbing off.”

At 5-1 and in the top four, the Tigers have been one of the good news stories of the first quarter of the season.

Marshall is has evolved as a playmaker but is equally dangerous and has perfectly complimented Luke Brooks, who has flourished under his tutelage.

In 2005, Brooks was a wide-eyed 10-year-old Tigers junior watching in the ANZ Stadium stands as Marshall helped the club lift the premiership trophy for the first time.

He vividly remembers Marshall’s flick pass for Pat Richards’ famous try. He said he still found it hard to believe he was playing alongside Marshall, whose poster he had up on his wall as a kid.

“You wouldn’t have thought that Benji would come back after all those years,” Brooks said.

“I still pinch myself when I get to run out alongside him.”

Please….they have started already…surely not that hard to write a relevant story

Radar has picked up Wests Tigers…
… Flying too high

I’m not getting too carried away. Still think we’re 1 or 2 quality players away from a premiership. I would be absolutely ecstatic just to make the 8 this year.

Only took 6 rounds to get the 05 talk happening. Sooner than I thought.

Hopefully Ivan keeps them focused and away from this nonsense.

Similarities? I can’t see too many to be honest. Yes, we were underdogs, actually still are, but what else? Benji’s back, we have a few journeymen like then but that’s about it. The 2018 team plays a totally different brand of football, one full of grit, steely defense and direct attack. In 2005, it was about lateral ball movement and non stop passing of the ball between forwards and backs. Defense was a secondary focus.
A fluffy, uninteresting article.

Wow it’s sooooo uncanny. Other Benji at 6 there is nothing else similar about the sides.

Another spooky similarity, we were called the Wests Tigers in 05 also

Yep the 05 side had a great start to the season and had phenomenal defence……oh wait a minute

I would like to know the author of this dribble……

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Wow it’s sooooo uncanny. Other Benji at 6 there is nothing else similar about the sides.

What?

You are kidding right

They still wear the same colours

Still called the same name

Still have 17 players.

Still no girls in the team.

The resemblance is obvious :roll

Danger Danger
This week we become favourites.
Will be interesting if we can escape this little test with a win.

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Another spooky similarity, we were called the Wests Tigers in 05 also

True. Wow, I totally missed that one.

The similarities for mine is that Sheen’s and Cleary both came to the WTs with there own style of coaching and had a lot of spots to fill as many players had moved on. So they could form the team that they wanted, with players that would suit their coaching style.

…don’t think the author mentioned this though. It was more about betting odds and Benji.

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