Heads to roll after another Wests Tigers loss
Enough is finally enough for Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens who tonight vowed to overhaul his playing roster after a 48-16 loss to Manly left the join-venture club facing a third straight NRL season without finals football.
As the Sea Eagles put their premiership campaign back on track with the nine tries to three thumping, Sheens said players would be shown the door in response to another wasted season.
The Tigers remain a mathematical chance of playing finals football, but as Sheens and halfback Robbie Farah admitted, it was a reward they scarcely deserved.
“There’s no doubt we’re finishing the season very poorly, this is three years in a row this has happened in the last month and we’re finishing about the same, 10 or 11 wins, we can’t get past that,” Sheens said.
“We’re going to have to move some players on, simple as that.
“I said at the start of the season this is a watershed year for the club, we can’t finish this year waiting for potential to happen and waiting for players, even our own juniors who we thought might go another level who haven’t, it’s time to bite the bullet and go look for some players to improve the club.
“Some people will be tapped on the shoulder.”
Farah, who many thought would be a core piece to a Tigers dynasty when the club surged to the 2005 premiership, agreed something had to be done.
“We’ve had three years to improve on `05 and to win a comp and not make the semis, I think changes have to be made,” Farah said.
“I don’t know what sort of changes but we can’t keep going on doing the same things, coming up with the same results.”
Manly rarely got out of second gear as they brought an abrupt end to a two-game winning streak and ended an ANZ Stadium hoodoo which stretched back to April last year.
Brett Stewart, Steve Menzies and Glenn Hall all scored doubles as the Eagles treated the large crowd – which built throughout the match in anticipation of the second game of the double header – to a superb second half performance when they outscored the Tigers 32-10.
The Tigers tried hard over the opening 40 minutes, but three tries in the opening nine minutes after the break broke the back of the home side as they watched their season flash before their eyes.
For Manly, it was a resumption of normal service as they joined Melbourne and Cronulla on 34 competition points.
“It was probably the response that we needed … it was all about righting the ship a little bit,” said Hasler as he did his best to play down the return to form.
“We’re just still a little loose in our defence that we need to correct.”
Asked his opinion of the Sea Eagles, Sheens warned his counterpart not to take too much out of the result.
“I wouldn’t rate Parramatta or Manly on our performance the last couple of weeks,” Sheens said.
“We’ve played both back into form.”© AAP 2013