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Match Discussion: Round 14 vs Bulldogs @ Bankwest Stadium

Discussion in 'Wests Tigers' started by LeagueUnlimited News, Aug 9, 2020.

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Who will win? Round 14: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs

Poll closed Aug 16, 2020.
  1. Wests Tigers 13+

    11.1%
  2. Wests Tigers 1-12

    11.1%
  3. Draw after Golden Point

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 1-12

    55.6%
  5. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 13+

    22.2%
  1. Front-Rower

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    He can’t do it now so why would he be able to do it as a trainer?
     
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  2. Front-Rower

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    If they win one on the way home that should be seen as an achievement.
     
  3. Pezz70

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    big blow.
     
  4. Tigerm

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    Bugger, hope all is going to be OK for him.
     
  5. Das Hassler

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    Rather him out than on the field with his mind elsewhere. ...if it's family then you have to wonder about Luciano's focus as well
     
  6. Perth Tiger

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    I hope Talau and Kepaoa get another chance at center and wing rather than Lawrence going to the centers again
     
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  7. Tiger05

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    Yep - run with it. The season is over. Kepaoa ran the ball back well. He couldn't catch the footy but at our club he will get a lot more chances.
     
  8. WA Tiger

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    That’s not a real logical statement FR but you and Pezz want to make the most of the Benji bashing coz as per usual he will come back and put yous back in your box. He's used to taking the blame for the whole team and the coach’s failings ..And put that stat’s book away Pez it’s getting dog ears
     
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  9. WA Tiger

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    Having said that I’m not saying we will win..Im thinking it’s a bit late in the season for the coach to be asking the team what is the best way forward ..In fact that question And that Madge wasn’t aware that a less intense approach always has a place is a concern ...can he do less intense ???
    I’m seeing comedy from here on in.Or at least entertainment as long as I don’t take this season too seriously.
     
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  10. BrotherJim05

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    I'm not looking forward to Liddle breaking 15 more bones in this game, then management signing him to a 3 million dollar deal for 5 years
     
  11. Tigerm

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    You would have to think another major injury and both parties would agree to part ways, for his sake.

    I hope he goes well, but I also hope we are not hanging our hopes on him.
     
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  12. WA Tiger

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    Benjis happy this week anyway coz Mary got the boot at long last though a year too late ...Mary and Madge both a year too late? ...I hope not ..
     
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    When it all comes down to it our roster is just not good enough, no mater what combinations are selected our team deficiencies get found out one week or another.Teams that have had this problem in the past, rectify it by cutting players and getting busy in the market place, unfortunately for WT, again we are not financially sound which seems to be a reoccurring problem that restricts our progression .
     
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    That’s the point. What’s done is done.

    Instead of dwelling on it, shouldn’t we find ways to utilise what we’ve got? At the moment, we are not.

    For example,

    Reynolds - might be a better 5/8 and he’s actually played finals in that position a number of times.

    Mbye - might be a better fullback or even halfback, and have also played in finals. Him and Reynolds connecting in the spine might have taken us to the finals.

    Who knows...right? We haven’t even tried.

    AD - might have connected really well with Benji in the halves or even Brooks. He’s not connecting with anyone at fullback since round 3.

    We weren’t that far off against quality sides. Madge have changed their attitude and we were competing really well. A little improvement in our key positions could have made a huge difference.

    But somehow, Madge wants to do the same thing with our spine and expect a different result? This is the disappointment for me so far. Not losing or missing top 8.
     
  15. WA Tiger

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    I agree although I think a bigger problem is Madges inability to tap into the psyche of the players..Thats where the real power lies.Tapping into their will to win, natural talent and creativity. Getting the players to search deep within and be ready to kick that door down and go beyond what is comfortable and do whatever it takes

    Screaming and shouting and non stop high intensity will only scratch the surface and in fact put a halt to all that...players having to face that non stop intensity during the week, before the game, and at half time is not going to access anyone’s A game..We can all relate to that..
    The boys are playing less than they can. They are not lesser players
    When players can reach that optimum level then you start seeing the impact of the group being more than the sum of the parts..At the moment it’s the opposite

    Has anyone ever seen a player lose their skills/ creativity levels as much as Brooks for apparently no reason. ok we all acknowledge that he can’t own the team but at least last year he was in the big plays..This year nothing at all?

    And then there’s team tactics or lack of, which from posts I’ve read, are putting us at a disadvantage

    I think hope, encouraged by a couple of ticked boxes that are usually empty, can create a blind spot when judging Madge
     
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    I agree with most of your post but Madge has tried a bunch of different options. He has tried different combinations of Benji, Reynolds and Brooks. They've all been dropped. The reality is that we don't have the halves or spine at the moment to be a consistent team.

    Mbye is a tough one. I reckon he is a fantastic squad player on the right dollars but we are paying him to be a star when he is like a decent utility player who should be on at best half of what he is being paid. The question is how do we use him to get the most value out of him.

    Ideally we would get rid of Brooks, Mbye and Reynolds and replace them with lower paid but better players but I can't see it happening. I hope the coach can somehow get some value out of those guys. I think Mbye and Brooks can still come on. There was an article in the SMH yesterday about how McGregor wanted to get rid of Dufty and he is now their best player.

    I can't though blame the coach. He has tried so many different options. Grant has had a couple of lower quality games but he has been fantastic over the course of the season. I figure at some point the players have to earn their pay packet.
     
  17. Front-Rower

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    What’s he done in the last 9 years?
     
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    Benji is on like minimum wage. When we score points it seems like it comes through him when we leak points it also comes through him. I think this should be his last year cos his age is having a liability on his defence due to the lack of line speed and reads which makes poor contact. It's just when you replace him with someone like Reynolds it's like for like and this is the same when we drop anyone the lack of reserve grade has made the depth just as bad as the starting team.
     
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  20. Pezz70

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    I’m Benji’s biggest fan but the writing is in the stats book. All good things must come to an end.
     

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