Tim tears strips off Tigers

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Tim tears strips off Tigers

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FOR the first time since Balmain joined with Wests in 2000, the team song was not sung after a victory.

Tim Sheens was so disillusioned when he bumped into Penrith counterpart Matthew Elliott afterwards that he could only shake his head and offer ''Why do we do it?'' And this was from the winning coach.

The Tigers pipped the Panthers in what can only be described as a bludger of a match. But Sheens and his men were in no mood to celebrate afterwards. We'll roll the tape …

'You're kidding me,'' Sheens said. ''That was a pretty ordinary game from both sides, a lot of errors and a lot of penalties. I know both sides are a bit wounded but I don't think it was a very good game at all. For us, we won the game and got away with it. [The Tigers' next opponents] St George Illawarra will lap us by 100 if we play like that. I'm not real happy with them and they know it. They're not happy with themselves. We had every reason to be a lot more determined tonight given last week. I know blokes tried but they tried stupidly, pushing things that didn't need to be pushed. Our completion rate was disgraceful.'' There has never been a more sombre dressing room after a win. The Tigers spoke mostly about completions rates at half-time but ended up finishing off just 25 of their 41 opportunities with the football. The Tigers are known for their expansive style of play but last night there was little respect for the pill.

''The rest of the game was mistake after mistake, stupid pass after stupid pass,'' Sheens said of the second half. ''We don't play stupid-pass footy. Shifts in a back line is something we practise even in our own half but we don't practise some of the things we did there tonight.

''We were both as bad as one another. I don't think their completion rate was much better than ours … We didn't sing the song, I can tell you that. We're not happy; we don't have any reason to celebrate.''

The spray wasn't quite over yet.

''Our main focus is to get ourselves ready for what is going to be a very tough game of footy next week and a tough season,'' he said. ''You can look at the competition and everyone is up everyone's backside - you've only hiccup and you're gone. We had every reason with a home game to come out and play well. The way we played, it just went from bad to worse.''

Front-rower Keith Galloway missed the end of the match with concussion and was unlikely to remember proceedings. It was put to Sheens that this was a positive. ''I'll show it to him. Don't you worry.'


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Post by tigers05 » Sun 22 May, 2011 11:51 pm

Tim should punt some players to nsw cup we need a bit of a shake up may teach some to aim up

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Post by tigeress » Mon 23 May, 2011 11:13 am

I too am wondering why some of these players haven't been relegated to a lower grade for a week or two, this may bring them to their senses, they seem to be playing with no incentive or heart at the moment, unless there is something going on behind the scenes. Unless they can solve whatever is the problem, I can't see how we have a hope of winning against the Dragons, but if they have been given a big enough serve by Tim, this may bring them out of their complacency....we can only hope.

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Post by Adman » Mon 23 May, 2011 12:01 pm

I don't get the dumping players to lower grades thing. Unless to recover match fitness. The only way to get better is to play against stronger opponents. Players need to have the chance to learn from mistakes. Can't do that if your playing in a sub standard, lower grade comp. If you want to punish them for poor form, suspend them from playing altogether and prescribe appropriate training regime that will help improve their problem areas.

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Post by Spartan117 » Mon 23 May, 2011 4:41 pm

If you haven't already - Have a listen to Sheens interview.


He is absolutely livid - I hope he backs it up cause the finer is being pointed at him.

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Post by happy tiger » Mon 23 May, 2011 5:07 pm

I think this is Sheensy's way of getting them focussed on this weekend . Give em hellfire and brimstone and have them come out liked caged ,hungry Tigers . Thats all we can expect If we keep the lose under 10 points and play like we have a heartbeat and to our current potential I'll be happy (unlike last two weeks)

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Post by helmesy » Mon 23 May, 2011 5:15 pm

I reckon we will beat the Dragons, I'm even thinking of putting a few dollars on it and I NEVER bet.

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