Anasta surprised by ‘paranoid’ Tigers
By Ian McCullough AAP Fri, 03 Sep 2010 15:34:23
Braith Anasta has accused the Wests Tigers of being “paranoid” after it was revealed the joint venture would employ security guards to keep the Roosters away from their training sessions at the Sydney Football Stadium during the NRL finals.
The Tigers have opted to use the SFS as their home venue during their first finals campaign in five years and plans are afoot to shut out the Roosters, who also play at the venue, with the two sides potentially meeting in the playoffs.
The sixth-placed Roosters have a chance of securing a top-four finish if they beat North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday and other results go their way and Anasta said he was surprised at the Tigers plans.
“It seems stupid to me. I think it’s great they’ve taken the game there but they’re getting a bit personal I think,” Anasta said.
"They can have their space, we’re not insecure at all.
"It seems very paranoid. It seems like they have a bit of an issue there. We’re happy to take a backward step.
“They deserve the right if they finish on top of us to have the home semi and to treat it as their home ground, so good luck to them but I don’t think they’ve got anything to worry about.”
“It’s a big place the Footy Stadium, I’m sure two footy teams can fit there. But if they don’t want us there maybe we can just hang out at the cricket oval for a week.”
The Roosters look set to be again without fullback Anthony Minichiello, who is still struggling with a hamstring problem for the visit to Dairy Farmers Stadium.
The game will see a first return to North Queensland for in-form Todd Carney since joining the Roosters.
The 24-year-old spent a year in Atherton playing in the local league after he was sacked from Canberra and banned from playing for a year by the NRL following a series of off-field indiscretions.
“It will be a little bit strange going back,” Carney admitted.
"I think a few people from Atherton are going to come down and watch but it’ll be good to get up there, I’ve been away from the heat for a little bit but it should be a pretty good turn out.
“I think my mum’s going to be up there so it’ll be good to see her.”
Carney said he was unsure if Minichiello would miss the game, with young Jonathan Ford set to once again deputise if the former NSW and Test star misses out.
“I don’t have any idea who’ll slot into full-back if he’s ruled out,” he said.
"I think Smithy will give Mini until the last minute to make sure he’s fit but whoever fits in there will do a good job.
“He didn’t play last week either but I think he should be sweet. He trained a bit yesterday and then we’ll see how he goes today.”
Interesting about how he thinks we are scared!!
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Anasta’s opinion has already been noted….