Chee-Kam turns to Lawrence..

Michael Chee-Kam turns to Wests Tigers teammate Chris Lawrence for advice
Author Margie McDonald Senior Reporter Timestamp Sat 9 Jun 2018, 06:01 AM

Chris Lawrence might be a man of few words but Michael Chee-Kam is lapping up every one of them from his experienced Wests Tigers teammate.

The man they call ‘Rowdy’ is having a substantial influence on Chee-Kam as the 26-year-old negotiates his way from being a centre/back-row utility to concentrating on being a permanent fixture in the forward pack.

Lawrence made the transition himself in 2015 under former Tigers coach Jason Taylor and hasn’t looked back.


“I guess Rowdy made me feel like [back-row] is now my position,” Chee-Kam told NRL.com ahead of the Tigers travelling to Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday to play Cronulla.

“Before I played a lot of centre/back-row. I can do both.”

Chee-Kam has played 11 games at centre and 28 in the forwards for the Tigers since arriving from Manly in 2016.

Lawrence has gently but persistently been in his ear on the finer points of the back-row.

“Being with Rowdy and seeing all the things he’s done, he’s been helping me a lot,” Chee-Kam said.

"I pick his brain because with centre, attack is out wide but in second-row you get more tight balls and line running. And defence is a big difference to centre.

“Some people say they’re very different but Rowdy has looked so good in both positions. So I’m asking him a lot of questions.”

Chee-Kam doesn’t have a preference.

“Not really,” he said.

“I take it as being pretty lucky to be able to do both.”

He’s also not distressed that 20 of his 39 games have been off the bench.

“One day I’d like that – to start. I think that’s everyone’s goal in the NRL,” he said.

“Right now I’m just happy to be wherever [coach] Ivan [Cleary] wants me, whether it’s for 80 minutes or way less.”

He has started in his last three games but Chee-Kam is quite liking the responsibility of entering the fray leading into half-time or early in the second half.


“I just always try to lift the boys as they know I’m coming on fresh, wanting as many carries as I can,” he said.

“They expect me to make a difference. That’s one thing Ivan has been telling me that’s my role now – to bring the energy.”

While Lawrence has been in one ear, Cleary has been in the other.

“He really individualises things,” Chee-Kam said.

"Before I didn’t really understand what was wanted in my role, whether it was in the forwards or centre.

“But he’s pointed out things to me – like the end of sets – of what I should be doing. He’s really helped me understand my role more.”

And now to the Sharks. A win in the Shire on Sunday would be the Tigers’ 200th since entering the first grade competition in 2000 as a joint-venture club.

The Tigers appear to have come off the boil with only two wins in the last six games. The loss to the Sydney Roosters last weekend tipped them out of the top eight.

If it’s any consolation four of the six losses were by two points or less.

“There’s still a lot of belief,” Chee-Kam said.

“We’ve had some close losses so we know we deserve to be up there.”

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Keep up the good work Michael !

Dedication and commitment will see that you continue to flourish !

#beast

He brings lots of impact especially with his runs. He always seems to either get through the first tackle or twist and unload. I like his game.

Oh dear and we all wonder why this club can not make a final series.

Fringe first grader who plays the occasional decent game but is MIA far to often.Needs to up his consistency dramaticaly

Some of the worse edge defensive decisions I have seen. The fact MCK is in the starting 13 shows how light on we are for 2nd rowers

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#mybeast

Man….
Rly?
You got posters on the wall too?

Lawrence, true leader

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Some of the worse edge defensive decisions I have seen. The fact MCK is in the starting 13 shows how light on we are for 2nd rowers

I think he was good until he was asked to play longer minutes. Coming on against tired defenders he has some pace and footwork and looks good. He hasn’t looked good once when he has played the full game. Maybe he can grow into it but at the moment he is a fringe first grader.

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Keep up the good work Michael !

Dedication and commitment will see that you continue to flourish !

#beast

You are a crack up if you like a player you defend them to the hilt ie Chee-Kam. .if youdon’t you hack them to death ie Nofoaluma. .

Let’s hope Cheeks can tear Luke Lewis a new one on Sunday

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Keep up the good work Michael !

Dedication and commitment will see that you continue to flourish !

#beast

You are a crack up if you like a player you defend them to the hilt ie Chee-Kam. .if youdon’t you hack them to death ie Nofoaluma. .

Let’s hope Cheeks can tear Luke Lewis a new one on Sunday

“Always pass on what you have learned “

Fear is the path to the ISP.
Fear leads to anger .
Anger leads to hate .
Hate leads to suffering.

Would swap the Penrith back 3 for ours any day.

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#mybeast

Man….
Rly?
You got posters on the wall too?

Lawrence, true leader

Lawrence =Machine

When people started calling MCK the beast, I actually thought that they were being sarcastic.

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When people started calling MCK the beast, I actually thought that they were being sarcastic.

Or they needed to go to spec-savers.

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