I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder
September 23, 2010
HE PULLED off what has been called the best hit in a century, but Wests Tigers rookie Simon Dwyer says he’s no hitman - not until he carries out more of them anyway.
Dwyer told the Herald this week he is happy to assume the hitman tag - but only once he starts adding to his qualifying-final wonder-tackle on Roosters forward Jared-Waerea-Hargreaves.
‘‘It’s only one hit,’’ Dwyer said. ‘‘If it continues to happen, I’ll be happy to take the tag. But not at the moment.’’
Dwyer has not only assumed cult status for his 79th-minute tackle on Waerea-Hargreaves, he has also become a YouTube sensation. Tens of thousands of people have viewed the footage of the hit - and 21-year-old Dwyer admitted that he had been one of them.
‘‘Yeah, I’ve seen it a few times,’’ Dwyer said. ‘‘It’s a good feeling.’’
Dwyer, who made his debut last year but has played 17 matches for the Tigers this season, said the hit - which was ruled legal by the officials in charge of the encounter as well as the match review committee - was the culmination of a running battle with Waerea-Hargreaves, who himself has built up a reputation as a rugby league enforcer.
‘‘Everyone’s come up to me and said ‘Good hit’,’’ Dwyer said. ''It was just a bit of a running battle between us during the game. He was trying to get me, I was trying to get him. Then I just saw the perfect opportunity to get him. And I got him. It’s the best feeling when you know you’re dominating your opposing player.
‘‘I spoke to him after the game, and he said it was a good hit. He didn’t think it was high.’’
Dwyer has arguably been the find of the season for the Tigers, predominantly making an impact for the club off the interchange bench. But with forward Todd Payten ruled out last night after suffering an ankle injury at training, Dwyer might be called on to start in the Tigers’ preliminary final against St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
The Herald spoke to Dwyer before Payten’s injury, and he said he was ‘‘loving’’ his time in the top grade. ‘‘It’s pretty much first year in first grade straight into a preliminary semi-final,’’ Dwyer said. ‘‘I just hope we can push one further, into the grand final.’’
Dwyer, who grew up in Macquarie Fields and still lives with his parents, said his teammates were giving him significant support in his first full season - the best example being the entire team swamping him after his hit on Waerea-Hargreaves.
‘‘They’ve been pretty supportive, but I’ve been around them for a few years,’’ Dwyer said.
And he is confident the Tigers can win the premiership. ‘‘They’re a pretty solid team,’’ Dwyer said of the Dragons. ‘‘It’ll be a tough game. But I’m confident we’ll go all the way.’’