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Sudden-death mentality: Lawrence urged to go all out against Warriors Glenn Jackson
September 16, 2011
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens isn’t expecting the world from centre Chris Lawrence in the first semi-final against the Warriors tonight - but he says the centre, an almost certain-starter following his hamstring troubles, won’t die wondering.
Lawrence trained with his teammates at the Sydney Football Stadium last night, and Sheens told the Herald afterwards that Lawrence would play - assuming the hamstring that has kept him sidelined since round 22 did not tighten overnight. While the centre won’t have the match fitness, Sheens said he expected Lawrence to run ‘‘flat out’’ in the sudden-death encounter.
‘‘We can’t be holding back,’’ Sheens said. ''He’s got to go flat out. If hamstrings go, hamstrings go. We can’t be thinking it will be better next week or the week after that because it’s sudden death. But what I’m not expecting him to do is win us the match.
''It comes down to him doing his job, making sure his side of the field is secure defensively. And if he gets a chance, he gets a chance.
''I’m not putting him under any pressure to make 80-metre runs or anything like that. ‘’
Lawrence has played just eight matches this year, having also suffered a dislocated hip in round three, but his addition to the squad will be a massive bonus for the Tigers, who are looking to win their way through to a preliminary final against Melbourne with a 10th straight victory.
‘‘It’s good to get him back,’’ Sheens said.
They face a Warriors team coming off a 40-10 defeat at the hands of Brisbane - and outsiders to make their way past the in-form Tigers. But Sheens said he was not even considering the form, or lack thereof, of the Warriors.
‘‘To be quite honest, we’ve just been concentrating on what we’re going to do,’’ Sheens said. ‘‘I’m sure they [the Warriors] will be confident about what they’re doing … it’s our job to play them out of their rhythm.’’
One thing he did predict was the desperation from both sides lifting.
‘‘Last week, there was still that knowledge that you might get another chance [even after a defeat],’’ Sheens said. ‘‘We know that’s not the case now.’’
Absolutely, we shouldn’t expect Lawrence to be stuck in second gear. He will be going at 100%, don’t make the mistake of Parra in 2005 by keeping 1 eye on next week.