Blore roars in tough Tigers debut

Blore roars in tough Tigers debut after blue with Brown
Author
Chris Kennedy
NRL.com Reporter
Fri 24 Jul 2020, 04:14 PM
Chris Kennedy

Blore was involved in a running battle with Nathan Brown and not only stood his ground but arguably had the better of the far more experienced and battle-hardened Eel. “I’m just honoured he even wanted to have an argument with me!” Blore laughed after the game. "Nathan Brown is one of the toughest players to walk on the field. "Once he did that, it lit a fire. I’m honoured he even wanted to run it straight at me. "I went up to him and shook his hand after the game. It was fun.“I knew he was coming at me. I knew I put in the work so physical the contact would have been there. I just had to put my body behind him and what happened, happened.”

After one incident in which Brown took exception to a hit from Blore, the Parramatta veteran took the next carry and veered straight at the 19-year-old. Blore stood his ground and stopped Brown in his tracks. “I thought he was going to get a short ball, I kind of hit him, he didn’t get the ball, so I can understand why he got angry,” Blore said."He sledged me. I just laughed at him. It was pretty funny.
"He said ‘congratulations on the debut’ [after the game] which was nice.

“I definitely didn’t want to lay down. I was the new kid on the block, I wanted to take it to them and lay a platform and make a statement. I thought I did OK. It’s not up to me but hopefully I can hold a spot and build on that.”

Blore’s debut was stretched to 46 minutes due to a nasty head knock that sent teammate Michael Chee Kam to hospital and an HIA for Sam McIntyre. The Penrith Brothers junior finished with 31 tackles and 48 metres.

besides Haas I don’t think I can remember a better debut by a middle forward in some time than what Shawn produced last night. we have to be patient though with him and the likes of Talau, Hoffman, Simpkin, McIntyre and Stefano, but in time they may well end up with premiership rings on their fingers.

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Love how he thought he did OK. Shows that he isn’t getting ahead of himself and shows his hunger and drive to build on his game, rather then be accepting of anything less then the best he can give.

Love to see him again next week, he will be all the better for that run .

@bptiger said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

Love to see him again next week, he will be all the better for that run .

He deserves to be selected next week, I think it would be an injustice if he wasn’t, Brooks bench spot is a waste to start with, MCK is at long odds, but we might have some coming back

Love how enjoyed the physicality and welcomed Brown taking exception to him. There won’t be too many keen to run at him repeatedly over the next few years.

One of the better debuts in recent memory.

Only made 48 meters or something

@851 said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

@bptiger said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

Love to see him again next week, he will be all the better for that run .

He deserves to be selected next week, I think it would be an injustice if he wasn’t, Brooks bench spot is a waste to start with, MCK is at long odds, but we might have some coming back

I’ll be filthy of he’s not there. That was a great debut

@gallagher said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

@851 said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

@bptiger said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

Love to see him again next week, he will be all the better for that run .

He deserves to be selected next week, I think it would be an injustice if he wasn’t, Brooks bench spot is a waste to start with, MCK is at long odds, but we might have some coming back

I’ll be filthy of he’s not there. That was a great debut

Might bring him on slowly due to the Knee issue which is not a bad thing … will see plenty of him this season !

@tony-soprano said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

Only made 48 meters or something

He was on when we were under the pump defensively…Slimers had a huge percentage of ball…and as such he stood up defensively big time

@tony-soprano said in Blore roars in tough Tigers debut:

Only made 48 meters or something

Off 6 hits up when we were struggling to get momentum. Not such a bad output.

Here’s the rest of the article:

Blore roars in tough Tigers debut after blue with Brown
Author - Chris Kennedy
NRL.com Reporter
Timestamp - Fri 24 Jul 2020, 04:14 PM

Rookie forward Shawn Blore made an eye-catching debut in Wests Tigers’ gutsy 26-16 loss to the Eels on Thursday, showing exactly the sort of toughness coach Michael Maguire craves in his players.

Blore was involved in a running battle with Nathan Brown and not only stood his ground but arguably had the better of the far more experienced and battle-hardened Eel.

“I’m just honoured he even wanted to have an argument with me!” Blore laughed after the game.

"Nathan Brown is one of the toughest players to walk on the field.

"Once he did that, it lit a fire. I’m honoured he even wanted to run it straight at me.

"I went up to him and shook his hand after the game. It was fun.

“I knew he was coming at me. I knew I put in the work so my physical the contact would have been there. I just had to put my body behind him and what happened, happened.”

After one incident in which Brown took exception to a hit from Blore, the Parramatta veteran took the next carry and veered straight at the 19-year-old. Blore stood his ground and stopped Brown in his tracks.

“I thought he was going to get a short ball, I kind of hit him, he didn’t get the ball, so I can understand why he got angry,” Blore said.

"He sledged me. I just laughed at him. It was pretty funny.

"He said ‘congratulations on the debut’ [after the game] which was nice.

“I definitely didn’t want to lay down. I was the new kid on the block, I wanted to take it to them and lay a platform and make a statement. I thought I did OK. It’s not up to me but hopefully I can hold a spot and build on that.”

Blore’s debut was stretched to 46 minutes due to a nasty head knock that sent teammate Michael Chee Kam to hospital and an HIA for Sam McIntyre. The Penrith Brothers junior finished with 31 tackles and 48 metres.

It was made even more remarkable by the fact it was his first competitive match in over a year thanks to a knee reconstruction, compounded by the absence of lower-grade games.

“It’s been a tough little road coming back from an ACL, there were a lot of doubts,” Blore said.

"I was in rehab the whole pre-season. I kind of got lost but Madge picked me up.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve played a game. Once I blew out the cobwebs, I was pretty gassed in that first five minutes but I found my second wind. I knew I put in the work. It’s all confidence, it’s all in the head.”

It was tough for the Penrith junior to ask coach Ivan Cleary for a release earlier in the year.

“It was weird how it came about. I knew it was always going to be tough getting into that Penrith team,” Blore said.

"Madge called me and said there was an opportunity here, and I couldn’t knock it back. Ivan was all for it and he understood.

“Penrith was my home, but the Tigers have made me feel like I’m family. That’s something I’ll never forget. I’m truly part of a family.”

Blore only found out the day before the game that he would be making his debut but still had time to get plenty of family and friends into Bankwest Stadium.

“They told me at captain’s run during video. I got pretty emotional,” he said.

"They didn’t say anything beforehand. Madge got up and said, ‘Shawn, you’ll be debuting this week’.

“I couldn’t hold in the emotions. I burst into tears. A few of the boys shook my hand and embraced me. It was awesome.”

Real deal. Recruited by a real coach.
Real refreshing.

The best part of this is he’s feels like it’s a family. Seems like a down to earth young bloke, good on him.

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