THE Wests Tigers haven’t made the semi-finals since 2011 and the odds are stacked against them again in 2018.
Currently the Wests Tigers are sitting in ninth position on the NRL ladder, two wins behind Brisbane, with four games left to play this season. Cleary, with two years to run on his contract with the Wests Tigers, has told his players he is unsure of where he will be coaching in 2019.
“It’s been a bit of a tough week but I suppose a lot of the things that have happened have been out of our control and don’t have much to do with the playing group,” said club veteran Chris Lawrence. “For the boys who are playing this week, it’s not ideal seeing the club in the media but it’s all systems go as usual.
“We have four games left and it’s do or die for us, we have to keep winning. We have a shot at making the semis, which we haven’t done in quite a long time so for the playing group and coaching staff that’s the most important thing.” The added distraction has not been welcome, particularly with the Tigers set to face Canberra at GIO Stadium on Sunday.
“The thing with distractions, this has been on TV every day, so it’s going to be there,” said Benji Marshall. “The challenge for our team is putting that to the side and worrying about winning this week
“We need to do that because if we lose this week it’s pretty much the end of the season for us. I know our group is pretty strong and united, we have a great culture and great bunch of guys who will come together and really do what we can to win this week. Our record hasn’t been great against Canberra the past few times so we need to turn that around.”
There is one shining light for the Wests Tigers though.