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Marshall guide our side to top 8 this season then you can play in 2021. Miss the top 8 retire Champ with your 2005 premiership ring and one of our greats.

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Like most forum members I have never played NRL. Daley won 3 Grand Finals, captained NSW and Australia and with Ricky Stuart formed one of the great halves combinations. Stuart might not be the nicest human but his will to win as player our team could only dream of. Had injections in his groin at half time in front of team mates to get back on the field.

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@jirskyr said in But how do we get good this year?:

@cochise said in But how do we get good this year?:

For a long time we have struggled with lower teams and it all comes down to ability, we have a mid level roster. To compete with the better side we need to be at 100% effort in those games, that takes a lot out of you, especially if you are only competing and not winning those games. The problem is after a run of tough games the side as a collective takes a breath and sees a week where that 100% required for the top teams isn’t needed and then we fall in a heap.

The interesting part about 2020 is we have actually been VERY good against some lower-ranked sides (Cows, Dogs, Broncos all blow-outs), so it’s not so simple as “struggle against lower teams”.

I think we struggle against teams that play out the 80 mins - teams that absorb our opening salvo and fight back tend to give us a lot of trouble. These include better sides like Panthers, Raiders and Eels, all whom we troubled for long periods, and also lesser teams that stuck with us like Titans and Warriors. Broncos and Cowboys folded inside 20 mins, and in that respect we are flat-track bullies. Our attack is still in the top few sides for total points because of these blow-outs.

Last round also seemed to indicate that the lower-placed teams are starting to find their stride, because Dogs, Dragons, Titans, Broncos all went close to winning their matches against superior opponents, and Roosters in particular have only just gotten the job done against Warriors and Titans in consecutive weeks. So I think we are really into the arm-wrestle part of the season, where wins are increasingly hard-fought, and Tigers STILL aren’t able to fight hard week on week. Probably about 2 out of every 3 weeks we fight hard for 80 mins, which still isn’t enough.

Great teams every game find a way to win, ugly or not. Need to first get our team to concentrate for 80 minutes then we can move onto winning games

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I don’t want us to play finals if we just scrap through in eight spot only to be thrashed in the first game. We need to thrash lower ranked teams and beat most top sides regularly. Investing in quality youth like Penrith have done appears our best Avenue for future success.

posted in Wests Tigers Discussion read more

Mbye at captain inspires no one. Great leaders lead from the front Smith and Cordner are part reason their clubs are successful plus carry out the game plan every time.

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Good question, not an easy answer. Our team on paper is mid table if everyone is fit. Maguire can motivate for a couple of games but it can’t be sustained week in week out. Sad our best player is a loaned player who will return to Storm. Some players have improved their games. Cleary stuff us up and until these overpriced players finish their pensions with us we are going nowhere. 2022 appears our best chance money wise to move forward. I think we also live in the past with the 2005 Grand Final and Marshall connection.

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Time to blood youth with 2021 in mind. Tommy to centre, AJ wing and Mbye full back. AD to rest. If Twal is not 100% then rest. I would like to see Packer named as captain this week. I think he would inspire the team more got my respect when he took out Matterson.

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Sorry but Foran and his long list of injuries and age is not worth the gamble. Haven’t we learnt from Ballin and Jason Cayless poor signings. Reece Martin would be a good signing and a goal kicker. I prefer to take a gamble with Hastings as well.

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@pawsandclaws1 said in Round 12 *SPOILERS*:

@Magpie1969 said in Round 12 *SPOILERS*:

All WT Forum Members love WT. Most came from Western Suburbs and Balmain. I have supported Western Suburbs since 1977 and WT since their inception and was happy they merged. I also love rugby league and enjoy watching every game and respect great players even if they don’t play for us. Some fans need to remove their rose coloured glasses and appreciate WT at present are not successful and have not been for a while. Culture to me is the biggest problem. Success breeds success and failure breeds failure. We hang on to players who really need to be moved on. Until we can change the culture we will always be just making up the numbers since 2005.

Name the players who should be moved on?

Lawrence and Marshall should both retire end of season. Legends of our club.

Mbye, Reynolds and McQueen moved on.

I like Brooks but believe his career would benefit from a change of environments like Sirro moving to Manly.

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All WT Forum Members love WT. Most came from Western Suburbs and Balmain. I have supported Western Suburbs since 1977 and WT since their inception and was happy they merged. I also love rugby league and enjoy watching every game and respect great players even if they don’t play for us. Some fans need to remove their rose coloured glasses and appreciate WT at present are not successful and have not been for a while. Culture to me is the biggest problem. Success breeds success and failure breeds failure. We hang on to players who really need to be moved on. Until we can change the culture we will always be just making up the numbers since 2005.