Lawrence: The Origin period can be an advantage for us

Lawrence: The Origin period can be an advantage for us
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Wed 30 May 2018, 01:24 PM

While the start of the Origin period can be disruptive for a number of teams, it might be a blessing for Wests Tigers according to co-captain Chris Lawrence.

Currently sitting inside the top eight at the midway point of the 2018 season, Wests Tigers next four games will see them take on sides who have players missing or backing up from Origin commitments — starting with Sunday’s clash against the Sydney Roosters, who will be without four of their biggest names.

While it’s certainly not a guarantee for success or the chance to take opponents lightly at all, the ability to have an unchanged team throughout the Origin period does provide a clear opportunity for the squad.

And according to Lawrence, Wests Tigers are in the perfect position to make the most of that advantage.

“I think it’s a big opportunity in this middle part of the year,” Lawrence said.

"It’s around this time of year that the pack starts to separate.

"In previous years, we’ve been left behind and have been chasing our tail in the back end of the year but we’ve got an opportunity this year to set up that back end have a run in to the finals.

"We can’t be focussed on who we’re playing; we can only focus on our game.

“We’ve been really inconsistent for the past four or five weeks now and our execution hasn’t been great. So if we can get that right, then the performances will start to take care of themselves.”

One of just two players to have played finals football at Wests Tigers, the 29-year-old is equipped more than most to reflect on the importance of the next six weeks in the context of the season.

“We haven’t been in this position for a number of years so we have a chance to consolidate that spot and not have to win every game or six from six to make the finals, which we’ve had to before,” he said.

"Hopefully it can really spring board us and give us some momentum.

“But it’s a period that we really need to consolidate with given we don’t have any players out.”

Lining up against a Roosters side without four Origin players in James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell, Dylan Napa and Boyd Cordner, Lawrence said that while side did have a clear advantage with no players out, the success of the Tricolours over the past few years proved they would be a tough assignment on Sunday.

“Obviously they’re going to be missing a few big names, but it’s no secret why they’ve been such a successful team in the past few years and it’s because they’ve such a strong squad,” Lawrence said.

"The guys that they bring up are there to do a job and they’ve done it for a couple of years now.

“We’re under no illusions that they’re going to be any easier because those guys are out, and we’re definitely going to have to lift the kind of performance we put out last week if we’re going to get the win.”

Our opponents may be missing some of their best players but the refs will still be there. We need to be more disciplined and stop earning the ire of the refs every game. Our battle to win a match has been more with the officials than the opposition sometimes - it simply has to stop if we’re going to be a serious contender for the finals.

Comments like this scare me

Don’t take any side lightly please Gents ….


Comments like this scare me

Don’t take any side lightly please Gents ….

This hurts but I agree with Happy. We can easily lose this one and we haven’t put in a good performance for a while.

If we play like we did against the Bulldogs we will get our pants pulled down. Hopefully the team lifts and gets the 2 points.

Big shout out to Chris Lawrence with a wind-back-clock try assist: wicked left-foot step into the hole, glide left to draw the FB and hold up the pass for a supportive though little slow to catch up Tui.

This was after running a similar line several times earlier in the game and getting hit quite hard off some tough Brooks passes.

Complacency is a killer hopefully it wont be a factor over the rest of the season

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