Back in the day I was A huge fan of Balmain in the NSWRL Cup and livestreamed games and got off work early to watch the replays on Fox, in the 2 seasons that it has been Wests Tigers this has gone backwards.
Back to Back losses to Wyong Roos, god help me, I know that we have been decimated through the season with call ups to the NRL side but where the @##$% is our depth, I thought there was a 4 tier structure in place?, there has to be much more thought put into place for the next few seasons,.
Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield and Inter City Cup should have an ultimate flow on effect, crikey there should even be a decent A Grade comp in one of our catchment areas so that there is a natural flow of players up to the ultimate goal of being a NRL player.
For the last 4 seasons we have had one of the greatest rosters of Junior players with great success in the SG Ball and Harold Matts then onto NYC but where do the players go if they aren’t up to scratch for the Holden Cup straight away, I’m aware that it costs $$$ to bring a player or players through the grades but you just can’t cast off players without giving them a chance of realising their potentional.
Keebra Park and Holy Cross Ryde are great breeding grounds for players up to 17/18 years of age but we need an extra tier to keep the players in the system so they can realise their potential.
Apart from Group 6 because of their proximity to Campbelltown do we have any other catchment areas, I’m from Group 10 and we have been forced to become a breeding ground for the Panthers after they took control of the Leagues Club here, are we being proactive in the Narellan region with the Roosters trying to establish themselves in the region?.
I honestly think the NRL and rugby league as a game and in general is on a downwards spiral
Crowds are well down on previous years and the NRL has no idea what the rugby league fans want , because if the did they would making changes to many different aspects of the game both on and off field
We seem to be heading down the road of the have and the have nots , people in the modern era aren’t happy with the scheduling and night football (particularly Saturday nights and Monday nights ) seems to be on the nose
The fans want complete home and away football , SOO to be stand alone , more Sunday day games , more transparency around salary caps ,better officiating and more football brought to the regional areas ,better promotion of the game
It is garbage that our best advertising campaign was over 20 years ago and we have no where near even matching it
And to be honest the NRL has dropped the ball in almost every area of the above points and in some cases completely ignore it
We could bring in so many small things that would paltry in monetary outlay , yet could help spark our game
Mid season transfers , Mid week comp during SOO (to help make SOO stand alone ) , NZ SOO , NYC SOO should be able to be watched live FTA
The competition in my opinion needs some vitality added to halt the slide
One way will be to either add sides to the comp or move some sides around
And if the Tigers or Sharks can’t pull themselves together within 5 years financially they seriously need to be looked at
Happy Iam with you on this subject, I am not sure why but the NRL is not the dominate force it was. With Souths making a real charge at the title and Parra climbing quickly off the floor, I would have thought their would be a real buz around the game, but it is not the case.
Could write for hours on the subject, but they need to address so many issues or they will continue to give up ground to their competitors.I think the NRL could do with a open forum with the fan base and see what people are really saying and than act on what they hear from the fans
Penrith turned in a top-notch performance, recording a devastating 40-20 win over the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
Tigers’ winger Corey Brown opened the scoring after 12 minutes, going over under the posts cleaning up a loose bomb from inside the Penrith 10m zone. Hooker Dayne Craig converted to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead.
Penrith hit back six minutes later through second rower and former Tiger Ben Murdoch-Masila slicing through the right hand centres 30m out then outpacing the cover to fall over the line out wide. Centre Wes Naiqama converted to level the match at 6-all.
With 19 minutes to go in the first half, Naiqama crossed out wide touching down on a well-weighted grubber kick from halfback Liam Ayoub and his conversion put them ahead 12-6.
Nine minutes later Penrith centre Will Smith scored out wide after he made a break through the right hand centres from a scrum 40m out from the Tigers’ line, found fullback Luke Capewell on the outside in support and he turned it back to Smith to finish off the play. Naiqama’s conversion extended the lead to 18-6.
With six minutes remaining Smith notched his double scoring under the posts after taking advantage of a turnover 30m out and the resulting disorganised defensive line to find a gap up the middle of the field 15m out and was never headed. Naiqama added the extras to have them travelling well at 24-6.
Four minutes later Penrith winger Tom Eisenhuth went over in the right hand corner, intercepting an offload 35m out from the Tigers’ line, finding space up the touchline and going over unopposed. Naiqama remained perfect with the boot to take a commanding 30-6 lead into half time.
The Panthers continued on their merry way once the second half resumed with Eisenhuth scoring his double in the right hand corner after six minutes taking advantage of an overlap close to the line. Naiqama missed the conversion and the score was 34-6.
With 19 minutes to go Tigers’ replacement Inno Inosesio scored under the posts after halfback Michael Stevens busted through tackles 10m out and found Inosesio in support on the inside who did the rest. Stevens converted to take the score to 34-12.
Six minutes later Tigers’ replacement Sonny Bristow crossed in the right hand corner after slicing through the centres 20m out and proving too strong to stop the defence from taking him over the line. Stevens failed to convert making the score 34-16.
Four minutes later the Tigers’ revival continued when second rower Brenden Santi crashed over out wide running off a neat Stevens’ pass but Stevens couldn’t convert, giving them a slim hope at 34-20.
But Penrith made sure of the win when Eisenhuth recorded his treble, going over in the right hand corner with just three minutes left in the game, after they spread it to the right where they spotted an overlap which Eisenhuth used to good effect. Naiqama nailed the conversion and at full time Penrith were deserving winners 40-20.
The Panthers return home to host the Jets this coming Saturday while the Tigers head over the harbour bridge to take on the North Sydney Bears.
Penrith Panthers 40 (T Eisenhuth 3, W Smith 2, B Murdoch-Masila, W Naiqama tries; W Naiqama 6 goals)
Wests Tigers 20 (C Brown, I Inosesio, S Bristow, B Santi tries; D Craig, M Stevens goals) at Leichhardt Oval.
There are a couple of players that read this forum and see there names listed for next weeks NRL team. Reality is they will never see the NRL and it is time that these guys applied themselves as what happened yesterday was pathetic …no use shaking your head when you should of been tackling!!!
At Origin, Woodsy needs to lift another level. He needs to have more mongrel in him. The match will give him a taste of what Origin is about and get him ready for the next time if he gets another opportunity.Woodsy played well without being noticed.At Origin, you need to stand out, especially in a losing team. The experience will do Woodsy good for the NRL matches.