MORE HARD WORK AHEAD SAYS SHEENS
Bty Wayne Cousins
25/07/2010 9:26:21 PM
Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens says the return of some key players from injury and plenty of hard work will ensure his side gets back on track following the round 20 loss to Manly.
“Today was a setback but St George-Illawarra was a setback a few weeks ago,’’ Sheens said following the 38-20 loss. The loss ended a three game winning streak for the Wests Tigers since the loss to the Dragons in round 16.
“It is about regrouping. We have got a fair injury list at the moment and we are nowhere near as strong as we can be.
"Unitl that changes, I am using the younger guys and veterans and people out of position. We lost our full-back (Wade McKinnon) yesterday in training.
“Sometimes those things happen and you just have to live with it. If you have been in the game long enough, some days it is not meant to be for those reasons. We have got a fairly good list of people sitting on the sideline that will be coming back over the next week or two.
“We are fortunate in that we have got enough points on the board at the moment to not impact us too much other than that its pretty crowded at the moment on the ladder.
“I like to think I will have Beau Ryan, Gareth Ellis would be two. I don’t know about Wade whether it will be another week.It was only a slight twinge yesterday but he has had a history of it before he came here so we need to assess that.”
Sheens said his players would regroup this week and remained focused on the task ahead as they prepare for Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Leichhardt Oval next Saturday night.
“We are not in the play-offs yet so we have got to work hard over the next month,’’ Sheens said.
“A loss like that today does put a dint in you but we bounced back after St George. We’ve won seven from our last eight so we need to jump back on the horse again and work hard this week.
“Hopefully we will get a little bit stronger with personnel coming back. That will gives us an opportunity to be a bit stronger around the ruck areas where we need to be.”
Five-eighth Benji Marshall said the team must work harder on its defence.
"It was disappointing. We had a pretty good week building up and I thought our preparation was pretty solid,‘’ Marshall said.
“Our defence let us down today. We know we can score. It is just a matter of stopping them.
“We practised everything they were going to throw at us and they did exactly that. We still couldn’t defend it. It is disappointuing. You never like losing."
Marshall said he would continue to put in more hours practising his goal-kicking following another off day with the boot.
“I did a lot of work during the week on goal-kicking. It would be nice if we scored them under the posts,‘’ Marshall added.
“It is one of those things. I suppose it is like a golfer. You are on one day.
I’ve been off for the last couple (of games) so I will go back to the drawing board and do some work again this week."
I’m not worried. We were out enthused and defended poorly. Defence has been our bright spot over the last 2 months, so 1 off week I will forgive.
Sharks are a good forward pack and in no way should be underestimated, but they simply don’t have the points to beat us. Maybe Benji has been trying too hard at training in relation to goal kicking. This sometimes complicates your routine.
Tigers will bounce back!!!
“I did a lot of work during the week on goal-kicking. > It would be nice if we scored them under the posts> ,‘’ Marshall added.
Sorry Benji that doesn’t cut it mate. Flash Gordon pots them at over 90% and Penriff are notorious for scoring in the corners. El Magic could put them over from the sideline blindfolded. Lyon kicked at least three from within 5-10m of the sideline yesterday. A good kicker is expected to kick at least 4 out of every 5, no matter where its scored.
I would not be worried if it was just a bad week at the office, but our form has been bad for months. Okay we won a stack of games but you are kidding yourself if you think this team at present could make a serious challenge at the title. With six weeks to go our attack should be purring and our defense should be solid. Iam afraid both are way off the level they should be. Ellis,Ryan and Mckinnon will make a difference, but the scary thing is who will Sheens omit from the present 17 to make way for them. Our for and against tells the true story of our season and where we should be in the pecking order.
Anyway things should get better, hard to imagine the team playing any worse than they have over the past few months
halves that can’t tackle, replacements well past their prime, goalkicker that can’t kick, small benches that offer no impact, noticable lack of controlled aggression in some forwards …… can’t see all that changing too quickly, either fulton or flanagan should be the bench utility, covering backs and hooker if needed, the other 3 spots to some forwards with size and impact, and oh how we miss tim moltzen …
this year wests-tigers have not won more than 3 games in a row.
first step, win against the sharks.
if the team is going to make the finals.
then they need to beat the sharks.
this should be the only thing on the team’s mind, not looking further past, this game.
2 points are 2 points, regardless of who you are playing.
Well we must have the most amazing team in the comp because we are playing so badly, picking the wrong players just in general putting in horrible performances and the worst coach in the game according to most of you and yet we have been entrenched in the top 4 so this means we must have Melbourne like talent with all that going wrong