Wests Tigers ready to wait for Lawrence

Wests Tigers ready to wait for Lawrence
Ian McCullough
September 6, 2011 - 6:09PM

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Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has named Chris Lawrence in his side to face St George Illawarra on Friday, but admits he’s uncertain about the classy centre’s fitness.

Lawrence has been sidelined for four weeks after tearing his hamstring, and the veteran coach will give him every chance to prove he’s ready to play in the opening game of the NRL finals, but will not risk him causing further damage.

“Chris has been training and building up the strengthand endurance, which, along with speed, is the main thing with hamstrings,” Sheens told Triple M radio.

"I’ll name him, but whether he plays will be a late decision. I’m not going to risk him, losing him in a game could be disastrous.

"I’m not going to risk the team by playing him if there is some chance of it tearing.

“I will consult with my medical staff.”

Veteran prop Todd Payten will miss the clash with a quad injury, but the Dragons have a clean bill of health as the look to avenge their defeat to the Tigers last month.

Manly coach Des Hasler is confident star fullback Brett Stewart will be ready to take on North Queensland on Saturday.

Stewart has been nursing a knee injury picked up in the Sea Eagles’ win over Manly in round 25 and Hasler believes the former NSW star will be fit for the encounter at the Sydney Football Stadium.

“He should be OK after a fitness test on Thursday so we’re not looking too bad there,” Hasler said.

“But the Cowboys are going to be pretty tough opposition for us but that’s what finals footy is about.”

Brisbane welcome back Justin Hodges for Saturday’s clash with the Warriors at Suncorp after recovering from a hamstring problem.

The news is a huge boost for the Broncos, who will be without Queensland backrower Sam Thaiday, who is serving a two-match suspension, and injured fullback Josh Hoffman, who is out for the season.

Ben Te’o will switch to the forwards to cover for Thaiday, who took the early guilty plea on Tuesday following his dangerous tackle charge.

Gerard Beale will play fullback with Dale Copley promoted to the wing from the under-20s.

He’ll play.

Sheens is just foxing.

noooooo…. Rowdy is crucial to our Finals charge!!!

Tiger 99 is saying on another thread that he will be definitely out
Has anyone in the last 2 weeks seen him running at training ???

When they named him to start despite the injury cloud , knowing sheens , I thought he would not play.

Now that sheens has said he might not play makes me think he is 100% fit and ready to go . Sheens is such a BS artist when comes to these things , he loves foxing with the other coach and making them have to prepare for multiple scenarios.


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@Rambo2714:

When they named him to start despite the injury cloud , knowing sheens , I thought he would not play.

Now that sheens has said he might not play makes me think he is 100% fit and ready to go . Sheens is such a BS artist when comes to these things , he loves foxing with the other coach and making them have to prepare for multiple scenarios.


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Well the reason I have been asking questions a guy I know who I have known and trust for a while said something to me that i just brushed at the time but now i am starting to ask questions
He said the injury was far more to do with his hip than his hamstring
I didn’t think about it again until all these he won’t be ready after 4 weeks stuff started
There has been no further info in regards to his hamstring whether it was a twinge or did Rowdy do more damage at that time
I was speaking to my orthopaedic specialist on the Friday just gone and he said he would be surprised if a grade two hamstring tear in a young active person would not of completely healed in 3-4 weeks unless further damage had occurred but as he also said and I realise every person is different .
I’m not trying to start a rumour or cause any fights but something just doesn’t add up

@happy tiger:

@Rambo2714:

When they named him to start despite the injury cloud , knowing sheens , I thought he would not play.

Now that sheens has said he might not play makes me think he is 100% fit and ready to go . Sheens is such a BS artist when comes to these things , he loves foxing with the other coach and making them have to prepare for multiple scenarios.


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Well the reason I have been asking questions a guy I know who I have known and trust for a while said something to me that i just brushed at the time but now i am starting to ask questions
He said the injury was far more to do with his hip than his hamstring
I didn’t think about it again until all these he won’t be ready after 4 weeks stuff started
There has been no further info in regards to his hamstring whether it was a twinge or did Rowdy do more damage at that time
I was speaking to my orthopaedic specialist on the Friday just gone and he said he would be surprised if a grade two hamstring tear in a young active person would not of completely healed in 3-4 weeks unless further damage had occurred but as he also said and I realise every person is different .
I’m not trying to start a rumour or cause any fights but something just doesn’t add up

When we played the titans the commentators mentioned that during the week Lawrence had further damaged his hamstring.

Wait until Thursday arvo. Tiger99 should be able to confirm whether Rowdy passed his fitness, or not.

Sorry Willow. Barring a miracle he is definitely not playing.
Even then I get the feeling sheensy doesnt want to risk him.

We might not get a nother game this year if we lose,the Cowboys could beat Manly,and the Warriors could easily roll the Bronco’s so we might be done if we lose.
I think we need to play him,and hope for a week off,which is likely with a win.

@851:

We might not get a nother game this year if we lose,the Cowboys could beat Manly,and the Warriors could easily roll the Bronco’s so we might be done if we lose.
I think we need to play him,and hope for a week off,which is likely with a win.

Manly showd us 2 weeks ago how they are gona play this Final Series…. The Cowboys will be having Mad Monday on the Strand in 4 days time, and I cant see the Knights posing any problems for Melbourne.

Dont risk him… we need him for the GF!!!

Rowdy will be missed, but we’ve got 16 other players playing toward their peak at this point in time, give the rest of the side a little credit. We can win without him.

I’d personally like to see Beau shift to left centre and Brown to right wing, but Sheens is on the big bucks so I’ll let him make that call.

I expect the top three to march on through to the second week, so I think even if we do lose, we’ll get another bite at the cherry.

Can anyone tell us whether Chris has been training this week. Has he been running with the team or on the sidelines? Anyone? Tiger99? T-Rex?

Iam hearing extreme long odds, but that could be Sheens letting a few leaks out to take the pressure off a bit and of course have the Dragons guessing. In saying that if Sheens was playing games I think he would have gone the other way and not selected him and than at the 11th hour pulled him into the team. Anyway should no more by this time tomorrow

Tiger99 - if we win and play next week will he be right then?


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