Moltzen won’t be run over by a Mini
By Steve Gee From: The Daily Telegraph August 10, 2009 12:00AM
IT MIGHT be the tackle that saved the Tigers’ season. Tim Sheens called it a match-winner.
But ask Tim Moltzen about his sideline hit on a try-bound Roosters five-eighth Anthony Minichiello, and the Tigers utility produced the type of sidestep that could make him a champion fullback.
Shifted from halfback after Shannon Gallant left the field with a calf strain in the 24th minute, Moltzen was the last line of defence when Minichiello broke through from halfway.
The 20-year-old Tiger stood firm and drove him over the sideline. But Moltzen insisted it was nothing special.
“He tried to go around me on the outside and I suppose, lucky enough for me, I was able to make the tackle and stop the try,” Moltzen said. "I saw him come through the line . . . he tried to gas me on the outside and luckily enough for me I was able to make the tackle.
“I was just holding on for dear life and was able to drag him across the sideline with me.”
Shifted to halfback a month ago to allow Benji Marshall to move to his regular five-eighth spot, the Terrigal Sharks junior has been a revelation with his pace, footwork and improved kicking game.
But a delighted Sheens said the tackle typified the grit of a youngster who he believes could become a great fullback.
“It was big play at the end of the day. It’s the sort of reason I rate him as a player - he’s a great halfback and he could be an even greater fullback,” Sheens said.
"They are the sort of tackles that you’ve got to make at the back.
“At the end of the day that’s probably helped win us the game.”