We overachieved in 2018.



  • Everyone is a bit down I know, but overall its been a good year given what we have. Can anyone name a worse squad in the NRL?

    We haveL

    • no pace
    • no goalkicker
    • no hitman in defence
    • a backrow who can’t run the ball, (Would Eisenhuth, Garner, Taylor, Chee Kam make any other nrl side?)
    • no forwards who go over the advantage line
    • no kicker in general play
    • no centres who can run lines etc.

    Name me a roster you wouldn’t swap for ours. Titans, Parra, Manly etc all still have most of the above issues solved to an extent and have strike players.

    So all things considered, to get us competitive and win at roughly 50% is a good job. I guess the big fear is can this side overachieve again next year or are we going to be right down the bottom.



  • I think Taylor has been better the last couple of weeks. Been hitting holes and breaking tackles in his last couple of games. Garner hits the line hard.



  • I agree with a lot of this.

    I said at the start of the year I thought we had a bottom 2 roster. I picked us to run 15th looking at the squads objectively.

    Nearly every single pundit in Australia has us in the bottom 4 if not bottom 2. Our win Line with most bookies was 7.5 the lowest in the league. We entered the season as the bookies favourites for the wooden spoon.

    We lost 3 of our best players Tedesco, Woods and Moses whether you like them or not.

    SO yes we have overachieved. I think if we finish on 12 wins its a very decent effort. its frustrating after that great start but not surprising with the roster and all the points you made. Frustrating that we lose games we were favourites to win.

    Teams like Manly have 3 Origin players and forwards like Tapau.

    My problem is next year i see this squad going worse. We need speed and power and we lack that in the forward sand backs.



  • Yes we have overachieved for this year, next year who knows?. hope fully with a couple of good recruits we could go a lot better.



  • Many of us just wanted our team to be competitive. We certainly were that throughout the season and have laid a framework from which we can improve next year. I can’t wait for our new buys to be announced. Kev and co aren’t being let go without replacements having being secured.



  • No way the likes of Sue, Grant, McQueen, Naiqama are let go unless better options have been secured right?

    Then again, based on our history of retainment and recruitment- who knows?



  • @:

    I agree with a lot of this.

    I said at the start of the year I thought we had a bottom 2 roster. I picked us to run 15th looking at the squads objectively.

    Nearly every single pundit in Australia has us in the bottom 4 if not bottom 2. Our win Line with most bookies was 7.5 the lowest in the league. We entered the season as the bookies favourites for the wooden spoon.

    We lost 3 of our best players Tedesco, Woods and Moses whether you like them or not.

    SO yes we have overachieved. I think if we finish on 12 wins its a very decent effort. its frustrating after that great start but not surprising with the roster and all the points you made. Frustrating that we lose games we were favourites to win.

    Teams like Manly have 3 Origin players and forwards like Tapau.

    My problem is next year i see this squad going worse. We need speed and power and we lack that in the forward sand backs.

    Consistency and ability to maintain form remains our issues. Where things went pear shaped were in rounds 7 and 8, both games we should have won, but instead snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. We need to be very smart with our recruitment and wait for the right players. Things happen and you never know who will be on the market, we just need to be patient. Surprised if we do not have some lined up already.



  • Definitely overachieved but still disappointed in how it’s finished. Not sure what next year holds.



  • @:

    Everyone is a bit down I know, but overall its been a good year given what we have. Can anyone name a worse squad in the NRL?

    We haveL

    • no pace
    • no goalkicker
    • no hitman in defence
    • a backrow who can’t run the ball, (Would Eisenhuth, Garner, Taylor, Chee Kam make any other nrl side?)
    • no forwards who go over the advantage line
    • no kicker in general play
    • no centres who can run lines etc.

    Name me a roster you wouldn’t swap for ours. Titans, Parra, Manly etc all still have most of the above issues solved to an extent and have strike players.

    So all things considered, to get us competitive and win at roughly 50% is a good job. I guess the big fear is can this side overachieve again next year or are we going to be right down the bottom.

    Much better win ratio than I thought we would achieve.
    Could sneak a better result on the back of some good signings for next year and some luck with injuries and the draw.



  • @:

    Definitely overachieved but still disappointed in how it’s finished. Not sure what next year holds.

    That’s pretty much my view as well. I held no high hopes at the start of the season - totally new team, new coach, lots of things to mould and change. I thought we’d finish somewhere between 9-12th, as long as we weren’t fighting for the spoon again!

    However the way it has ended is what’s most disappointing. We may not have expected them to make the 8 but geez it’s still hard to stomach the meek surrender in matches when they actually did have a red hot crack at making it.

    There’s no doubt the surprise of their form during the first 6 weeks of the comp would have lulled many of us into believing they were capable of playing finals football this season, which makes the way it ended even harder to bear. If I just kept my pre-season idea of a 9-12th place finish, throughout the whole season, then I would probably feel a whole lot better right now.



  • What a load of crap.

    Same old complaining at the end of season

    We did a clean out and our squad is much better than it has been in years…

    Moses? No real loss.
    Woods? You mean the guy who dordles to the defensive line he’s a stats man.

    Yeah tedesco was a loss, but mybe and Thompson make up for him.

    Fair enough it’s a forum and people wanna whinge. But gimme a break



  • overachieved? no I don’t think so, if we didn’t have constant disruptions to our spine during the middle period of the season, I’d expect we would have won a couple more of those close games.

    Having Taylor at hooker, Lolo not working out at fullback and the Grub being injured forcing Benji to play more killed us for the most part.

    3rd best defence, unheard of in any Tigers side. I’d imagine that’s pretty hard to overachieve in itself.



  • Over achieved in defensive and under achieved in attack. That preety much sums up our season i reckon but all in all im not complaining beats the bottom 3.



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    I agree with a lot of this.

    I said at the start of the year I thought we had a bottom 2 roster. I picked us to run 15th looking at the squads objectively.

    Nearly every single pundit in Australia has us in the bottom 4 if not bottom 2. Our win Line with most bookies was 7.5 the lowest in the league. We entered the season as the bookies favourites for the wooden spoon.

    We lost 3 of our best players Tedesco, Woods and Moses whether you like them or not.

    SO yes we have overachieved. I think if we finish on 12 wins its a very decent effort. its frustrating after that great start but not surprising with the roster and all the points you made. Frustrating that we lose games we were favourites to win.

    Teams like Manly have 3 Origin players and forwards like Tapau.

    My problem is next year i see this squad going worse. We need speed and power and we lack that in the forward sand backs.

    Consistency and ability to maintain form remains our issues. Where things went pear shaped were in rounds 7 and 8, both games we should have won, but instead snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. We need to be very smart with our recruitment and wait for the right players. Things happen and you never know who will be on the market, we just need to be patient. Surprised if we do not have some lined up already.

    100% correct.

    We improved in a lot of areas as we thought we might under Cleary but the culture thing is hard to shake. Some old demons came back.

    if we need to work on anything for 2019 its not talent its consistency.



  • Similar season to 2016, yet everyone believed that year was a big fat failure. Go figure.


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