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Season 2024

Nutz

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The depth we have in the halves seems a lot better than last year, but I have the opposite concern. That we'll get some measure of on-field success and then the crusade to fix the governance problems will be abandoned and left to fester.
Fordy I need you to go and address Benji and the players asap and sort that shite out.
 

General Stripes

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I like hooper I like Buzz.. Buzz is tough for an old boy. He gos untill he’s proven wrong then he will back off graciously maybe half the time but only if someone’s got an argument that smashes his otherwise forget it ..Hoopers bang on the times I’ve listened to him. If west tigers have taken a Kaning it’s a case of we deserve it and noones been listening untill recently. Double spoon remember
Buzz is an old drunk, an old horse that should have been put out of his misery.
 

gordsy

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Most of these articles are puff pieces written by managers so journos don't have to write themselves. All we need to care is about is whom ever is putting on the jersey will have a real dig and the off field stuff is well handled by people who have a brain, not like little lee and pascoe who have the football acumen of a walrus.

I see lots of comments on Buzz's twitter feed and people are dumb enough to watch nrl 360 which is the male version of mafs. Whilst this still happens Buzz will never be told to f**k off.
 

Tigerm

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Sportsbet has set some odds for the NRL, put my money down for my one and only bet of the year.
Us to make the top 8, @$6. Pretty piss poor odds, considering how we have been going.
But if I do jag it, it puts me about $200 behind since I started doing this bet. Hahaha
 
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Nutz

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Sportsbet has set some odd for the NRL, put my money down for my one and only bet of the year.
Us to make the top 8, @$6. Pretty piss poor odds, considering how we have been going.
But if I do jag it, it puts me about $200 behind since I started doing this bet. Hahaha
Geez Tm, $6 for making top 8... They're BS!
We would have to be better than 9 other clubs and after getting 2 consecutive wooden spoons, having an unsettled and an undecided team line up, we should be $12 at least.
No wonder bookies are like the house.
 
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Sportsbet has set some odds for the NRL, put my money down for my one and only bet of the year.
Us to make the top 8, @$6. Pretty piss poor odds, considering how we have been going.
But if I do jag it, it puts me about $200 behind since I started doing this bet. Hahaha
$6 to make the top 8? That's highway robbery. It should be about $60. You should drop a dime on them to the ACCC, APRA, AFCA, and ASIC.

What are our odds to miss the 8? Probably $1.01?
 

Nutz

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$6 to make the top 8? That's highway robbery. It should be about $60. You should drop a dime on them to the ACCC, APRA, AFCA, and ASIC.

What are our odds to miss the 8? Probably $1.01?
Hillarious. Don't listen to us Tm, money well spent.
I should put 10 bucks on them to win the premiership @ 7.50
 

Tigerm

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Surprised this is even news.
 

Tigerm

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NBWT
Shane Richardson at the season launch: “We’ll do, we won’t talk about doing. We’ll work hard, we won’t talk about working hard. We’ll make this a business that people can be proud of, by doing, not talking”
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Certainly saying all the right things.
 

Tigerm

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NBWT
“We probably need to make sure we get some better players in the outside backs” Richardson on the current squad heading into 2025
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Not sure about this one, just yet?
Thought we need to assess what happens this year.
 
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Ron's_Mate

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Marshall questions Tigers’ attitude but young prodigy firms for NRL debut
By Dan Walsh
February 25, 2024 — 4.40pm

Rookie Wests Tigers coach Benji Marshall has been left with more questions than answers after a comprehensive 34-18 loss to fellow 2023 stragglers St George Illawarra in Saturday’s trial, as 18-year-old prodigy Lachlan Galvin pushes for an NRL debut.

The Tigers did at least receive some good news with halves contender Jayden Sullivan cleared to start the season by the match review committee and star signing Justin Olam in good spirits after his knee injury limited him to a brief cameo against the Dragons.

Sullivan was cited for a late hit on Kyle Flanagan, who replaced him on the Red V roster and engaged in a running battle with the Tigers playmaker for much of the trial match, but he was not sanctioned on Sunday.

A bye first up means the Tigers begin their season away to Canberra in round two, though Marshall’s scrumbase combination is far from certain at this point.

Of more concern for the new coach was his full-strength side’s defensive commitment in Mudgee. The Tigers missed 39 tackles in the first 40 minutes and conceded simple barge-over tries to Moses Suli and Mikaela Ravalawa before the Dragons eased up in the second half.

“One thing I didn’t think that we’d [have to] question would be our attitude around turning up,” Marshall said.

“We’re lucky it’s not round one for us and there’s not two points on the line. But if we don’t address that, we’ll be in for a tough season.

“Sometimes it’s just as simple as the other team runs harder and tackles harder than you. In our system that’s one non-negotiable where we don’t get beaten.

“If I’m being honest, it was pretty disappointing … After feeling good last week coming off the back of beating the Warriors, [the Dragons loss] showed where we really are, and we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Sullivan and veteran Aidan Sezer present as Marshall’s most experienced halves options against the Raiders in three weeks’ time.

Sullivan had his moments, including a sharp try-assist for Fonua Pole against his old Dragons teammates, but the Tigers attack also appeared pedestrian at times despite enjoying plenty of good ball attacking St George Illawarra’s line.

Along with rising fullback Jahrean Bula, Galvin proved one of the few positives for the Tigers from their last trial match and is highly regarded by Marshall after emerging as the club’s fittest player this summer.

Marshall has previously told this masthead he wouldn’t hesitate to hand Galvin an NRL debut to start the season.

He also has Tongan international Latu Fainu available as well, albeit without any trial form to go on due to a suspension while playing for Tonga last year was served in the pre-season games.

Galvin performed strongly in his return from a calf injury against the Dragons and at 193 centimetres, is able to cover lock and play on an edge as well as his preferred five-eighth position.

“[Galvin] was a positive, he’s just come out of school at 18 years old,” Marshall said after Saturday’s loss.

“I put him in four different positions and each one of them he didn’t look out of place. He’s got a bright future and he was really good.”

Olam, meanwhile, continues to manage an ongoing cartilage issue in his knee after clean-out surgery last year, but is expected to be fit for round two.

 

Nutz

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How come we look big and strong in these pics but look punitive against other sides in games.
Bateman's legs look like pins but a big heart counteracts that.
AD looking good on that knee.
Latu Fainu looks sharp too. He maybe an option as he's got a better passing game and can be a benchy dummy half like he did for Samoa...who knows, just get it done Benji.
 

Nutz

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Imagine, Fox360 shitting on our season already.
I know Benji is the one where "the buck stops" but it's the high performance trainers who are responsible for getting the players in the right condition for the NRL.
It highlights the coaches need for top quality support right across the board from physio and recovery to weight and speed training...the list of individual performance training is in depth and complicated. The coach needs all these specialists to provide him with a great product.
I thought letting go of Ronnie Palmer was an indication that the club is entering into a new chapter of churning out super human athletes. We seem to have gone backwards not forwards.
Richo said help is on the way....hurry up!
 

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