Cleary declares Tigers not dead yet

Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has declared his side’s NRL finals hopes still alive despite requiring a minor miracle to make the top eight.

The Tigers’ chances of breaking their seven-year finals drought was put on life support following their disappointing 20-10 loss to St George Illawarra on Saturday night.

With two fixtures remaining and sitting two victories outside the eight, the formula is simple for Cleary and his men.

Firstly, they must beat Manly and Newcastle in the final two rounds.

Then they require numerous results to go their way.

They need either the Warriors to drop their finals games against Canterbury (on Sunday), Penrith and Canberra.

Or for the Broncos to go down in their remaining two against the Sydney Roosters and the Sea Eagles.

While their fate is out of their hands, Cleary is refusing to give up.

“The season’s not over,” Cleary said.

“We’ve got two more games to go. We can’t control other things but the reality is we are still alive. Anything can happen still.

“Our season wasn’t going to be defined by anyone external. It was going to be defined by what we did.

“We’ve got a quick (turnaround) against the Sea Eagles out there at Campbelltown (on Thursday) and the job is for us to go out there and perform.”

Saturday’s loss was a microcosm for their troubles all year as they continued to struggle to put points on the board.

On five occasions in the first-half they dropped the ball inside the Dragons’ 20 metre zone and repeatedly botched opportunities.

While there is no doubting their defensive resolve – and they are on track to set a new club record for least points conceded in a season – they have been among the competition’s least effective attacking teams all year.

According to Fox Sports Stats, they have scored the least points (15.7 per game) and made the third least linebreaks (3.8).

“We’ve had a season where defence has been a foundation for us,” Cleary said.

“Attack hasn’t come so easy. I just thought maybe we weren’t used to sticking our nose through.

“If I had all the answers, then we would have won the game.”

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Not dead but on life support!!

It’s dead, Ivan.

I really hope we can somehow manage to jag a top eight spot - but, based on recent form, just can’t see that happening.

So if a miracle occurs and we limp into the 8 nothing changes, we’re not good enough to do anything anyway.

Let it go Ivan, we had our chances we’re not good enough.
The Sea Eagles will destroy us anyway, we’re not like the Titans who can actually score points.

For me our season ended when the Titans beat us at Leichhardt, from that moment I knew we weren’t good enough to make the 8.

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So if a miracle occurs and we limp into the 8 nothing changes, we’re not good enough to do anything anyway.

Let it go Ivan, we had our chances we’re not good enough.
The Sea Eagles will destroy us anyway, we’re not like the Titans who can actually score points.

For me our season ended when the Titans beat us at Leichhardt, from that moment I knew we weren’t good enough to make the 8.

Yep. Our season ended that day. They dished up the usual crap.

We were dead in the water after the Bulldogs loss.

Beating Manly and Newcastle?
Won’t help us that much, as we play Manly and Souths.

Yes I think we have no hope of making the finals, but I also want to see our team trying their absolute best up to the last minute of the last game, even if we’re 50 behind.

maybe ivan thinks he got a release and is at the panthers, lol

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It’s dead, Ivan.

Yep …. dead as a door nail.
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Looks like I’m the odd one out.

I’m hopeful and won’t quit until it’s impossible.

Unlikely, yes. Impossible, no.

If our supporters quit before the players do, then we are in big trouble.

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Looks like I’m the odd one out.

I’m hopeful and won’t quit until it’s impossible.

Unlikely, yes. Impossible, no.

If our supporters quit before the players do, then we are in big trouble.

The players always quit before the supporters do !
We’ve had enough….well I have !!

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Looks like I’m the odd one out.

I’m hopeful and won’t quit until it’s impossible.

Unlikely, yes. Impossible, no.

If our supporters quit before the players do, then we are in big trouble.

The players always quit before the supporters do !
We’ve had enough….well I have !!

Supporters have been bagging:

The coach for the past two weeks,
Farah since his return
Marshall for the past 10 weeks
Eisenhuth all year
Packer & Matalino since about Round 8
Luke Brooks, (depending on the last game he is either a tool or world beater)
Josh Reynolds who has hardly laced a boot
Marina Go because she is a woman
Justin Pascoe because he has a big forehead

I’m not happy about the prospect of no finals football either, but the above grates on me because it is non stop and repetitive. We will finish 9th in all likliehood, Almost in touch with the 8.

At the start of the year, we were tipped for 15 or 16.

Some people will never be pleased or supportive when the going gets tough, even though its been tough for years. It will turn.

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We were dead in the water after the Bulldogs loss.

Yep that’s when I admitted defeat.
Exceeded my expectation for the year but will look at the games vs Broncos , Knights and Parra with regret at not closing them out.

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