Tigers players on notice after Cleary blow-up

Wests Tigers players are taking ownership after their loss to Parramatta on Sunday which resulted in a rare blow-up from their uber-calm coach Ivan Cleary.

The crestfallen players conceded the 24-22 loss at ANZ Stadium on Sunday was their own doing rather than the previous week’s two-point loss to Newcastle, which they say was a result of the Knights’ strong play down the stretch.

David Nofoaluma said it was important for the team to address the narrow defeats in their video session on Tuesday morning.

“On the weekend we beat ourselves and he [Ivan Cleary] made that clear. That is the most frustrated I’ve seen him [in the sheds after the loss] and I could understand where he came from,” Nofoaluma said.

"It does mean something when he gets frustrated because you never see it. I think at one stage after the game he wanted to throw his chair or kick something but him being cool and calm he held himself together.

"Why he was so frustrated was because the game was in our hands and we kept turning the ball over to Parramatta and at times we should have executed plays [in attack].

“We can’t just move on from that game, we need to own up to it and take accountability and learn from it so it doesn’t reoccur.”

Round nine will present another difficult task for the Tigers as they make their way to Mt Smart Stadium to take on the Warriors, who will also be looking to right some wrongs from their round-eight 50-10 thrashing from Melbourne.

“It’s going to be a good clash this weekend. I think both teams are going to be firing up,” Nofoaluma said.

“After their game against Melbourne [they] would have been disappointed and I think off the back of that they are going to come out wanting to win and we’re in the same boat.”

Tigers lock Matt Eisenhuth gained regular minutes at the back end of last season and this year with Elijah Taylor and Russell Packer out injured, the 25-year-old has secured a spot in the starting side.

Eisenhuth has gained confidence from Cleary’s belief in him after taking several seasons to break into the Telstra Premiership ranks.

“Ivan has instilled confidence in me, giving me the regular spot,” Eisenhuth said.

"The regular first grade towards to back end of last year helped me, giving me a bit more confidence going into this year and getting a spot round one.

"Week after week I’m feeling more confidence and I feel like I’m contributing more to the team and playing some good footy at the moment.

“Starting is a bit different than coming off the bench but I feel like I’m handling it alright and I got a good group of boys around me that are making my job a bit easier.”


https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/05/01/wests-tigers-players-on-notice-after-ivan-cleary-blow-up/

Coach frustrated well that would be a scoop Nofo what is it 5 tries past you in 2 weeks ! video sessions must be fun.

He should have wielded the ax this week. Is the coach no longer holding them accountable?

Everyone’s on notice but not this week they can have a run this week

Just talk at this stage.

Its like a parent telling their kid they will get angry soon.

Kids wont do anything until they actually get angry.

Pretty sure a spray and no changes will get the result or have long term roster implications.

Tigers by 14

I was not confident that we would be able to compete with the Warriors given our form, the fact it is being played at Mt Smart and our plaguing injuries.

However, hearing about Cleary allegedly blowing up in the sheds I am fairly confident that we will come out on top next round. Seeing a cool head like Cleary practically implode should have a lasting effect within the boys’ minds. And if any player, in this case let me pick on Nofo, decides to not give 100% and help the team win the match (say Nofo’s RHS defence is poor once again) then you have to question their integrity and question why exactly they are there.

Mwz extended bench so if Nofo has another poor game…. Like every game he’s played this year. He’ll be the first dropper as Fonua has shaped up to keep his spot and Mwz is safe as and one of the coaches Golden boys.

Seriously all , take a pill and lie down

Things aren’t as bad as some may think

Hope he put a rocket up the boys and the warriors get pummeled

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I was not confident that we would be able to compete with the Warriors given our form, the fact it is being played at Mt Smart and our plaguing injuries.

However, hearing about Cleary allegedly blowing up in the sheds I am fairly confident that we will come out on top next round. Seeing a cool head like Cleary practically implode should have a lasting effect within the boys’ minds. And if any player, in this case let me pick on Nofo, decides to not give 100% and help the team win the match (say Nofo’s RHS defence is poor once again) then you have to question their integrity and question why exactly they are there.

I’m sure that all of the players are giving 100% including Nofo but there are issues that need sorting out. If player X finds that he’s not up to it, then he’ll be replaced by someone who also will have the chance to play how the coach wants it. Effort is fine but some players’ talent may not be enough.

I’m sure that Ivan is taking a view in this rebuilding, that if we currently don’t have the requisite talent at the club, it will be sorted out through recruitment.

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Seriously all , take a pill and lie down

Things aren’t as bad as some may think

We busted our guts for the first six rounds, matching it with best and beating all but one of them, then meekly surrendered to bozo teams like Newcastle and Parramatta. I could cop the loss to Newcastle as a glitch after such big efforts, but to play almost exactly the same way against Parra was unforgivable. Every two points is crucial and we just gave four of them away when we should’ve won easily if we continued to play like we were playing in those early games. I don’t like the mindset that’s creeping back in.

The team, overall didn’t seem to believe that they could win when they played Newcastle and Parra. Belief and will to win are the keen ingredients needed by this Wests Tigers team. If Benji gets tired towards the last quarter of the match he needs to be replaced.

Our line speed against Parra and Newcastle was noticeably below the first 4-5 games.

That is the first indicator how we will perform…hopefully it gets back to what it was this weekend.

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Seriously all , take a pill and lie down

Things aren’t as bad as some may think

We busted our guts for the first six rounds, matching it with best and beating all but one of them, then meekly surrendered to bozo teams like Newcastle and Parramatta. I could cop the loss to Newcastle as a glitch after such big efforts, but to play almost exactly the same way against Parra was unforgivable. Every two points is crucial and we just gave four of them away when we should’ve won easily if we continued to play like we were playing in those early games. I don’t like the mindset that’s creeping back in.

Without ET , Twal and Packer your taking about 130 tackles a game out of our defence

Over 80 minutes that isn’t easily covered

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