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Wests Tigers’ season hanging by a thread

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    It’s quite all over for the Wests Tigers, but coach Tim Sheens and captain Benji Marshall conceded Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Sydney Roosters could be the final nail in their season’s coffin.

    Touted as premiership favourites at the start of the year, Sheens’ side have flattered to deceive in 2012.

    The joint-venture lost five of their first six games, then won seven in a row before embarking on a mixed run of form that culminated in a wretched performance against the Roosters – leaving them with a mountain to climb to make the top eight.

    “Was there a mistake we didn’t make?” Sheens said.

    “Everybody contributed as well. It wasn’t a lack of trying. Blokes were maybe trying too hard. We didn’t get the bounce. Everything went well for them.

    “We didn’t defend any of our errors. Every penalty, every dropped ball, that was pretty disappointing.”

    The Tigers must now put a big score on high-flying Melbourne at Leichhardt on Saturday and hope lowly Penrith spoil Petero Civoniceva’s farewell party at Suncorp Stadium 24 hours earlier or Canberra get flogged by a woefully out-of-form Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

    “At the moment we are not looking past where everybody is at,” Sheens said.

    “Obviously there’s still another game to play, but right at the moment we are no chance of beating Melbourne unless we are 300 per cent better.

    “We’ve got a lot of work to do this week.”

    Marshall admitted the pressure of having to win the game may have got to his side on an error-strewn afternoon for the Tigers.

    “It was execution. We dropped almost every ball I can think of out there,” he said.

    “We had all the possession early, but after the first 10 minutes I don’t remember us having the ball in the first half.

    “We just couldn’t find a way to stop them.”

    While the Tigers lick their wounds and look back on a season of frustration, South Sydney bounced back from two successive losses with a 38-6 win over Parramatta.

    The loss ensured the Eels finish the season with the wooden spoon for the first time in 40 years and saw Souths climb into third.

    Greg Inglis was in brilliant form for the Rabbitohs, who will guarantee themselves a top-four spot with a win over Newcastle next Friday.

    The Queensland superstar scored two tries, set up three and then said this Souths side were as good as the Melbourne teams he played in that reached three grand finals.

    “We’re definitely up there, there’s no doubt about it,” Inglis said.

    “I believe we’ve got the team to do it. But we’re not thinking that far ahead, we’ve got to go Newcastle next week and perform there.”

    The Knights and Gold Coast both lost on Saturday to North Queensland and Penrith respectively to end any genuine hope of making the eight.

    Cronulla can secure a home semi-final by beating Melbourne at AAMI Park on Monday, while a win for the Storm locking in a top-four finish.

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      August 27th 2012 @ 1:03pm
      Mark Young said | August 27th 2012 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

      Tigers gone – So sad to write that.

      They have underperformed significantly throughout the year and now that their leader is off the field, huge drop in performance.

      I think the players could really do with a new coach. Tim Sheens has done a great job and delivered a memorable and unlikely premiership that we will cherish forever.

      But the best thing for the players would be a fresh voice with fresh ideas barking instructions at them for 2013.

    • August 27th 2012 @ 1:22pm
      Tigerstoroar said | August 27th 2012 @ 1:22pm | ! Report

      Sheens needs to go. If he can’t raise the side to really have a go in a last chance game like last Sunday’s then the players are just not listening.

      Managed to win an unlikely premiership in 2005, but overall a poor record – 3 finals series in 10 years. Poor selection choices – Moltzen is not a first grader, Marshall is not a halfback – and his stubbornness in not dropping players all contributed to a poor season.

      The Tigers board needs to bite the bullet and give him the flick.

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    • August 27th 2012 @ 5:58pm
      Meesta Cool said | August 27th 2012 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

      Good to see thqt Benji has been reprieved and will be able to play next week. after last weeks debacle, it would have been an injustice to wipe him out!…

      BUT, will these same rules apply to ALL players or just the ‘draw cards’.. time will tell.

      It should be an eventful off season coming up… if all the things that have surfaced this year are to be ‘ironed out’… Maybe our game will be better still next year and we won’t have to keep going over and over the same topics all year!.

      I for one hope that some logic starts to creep into all aspects of the game. maybe then people watching for the first time will be able to walk away and say.. “Geez that’s a great game”. instead of ” WTF was that all about”..

    • August 27th 2012 @ 6:01pm
      Meesta Cool said | August 27th 2012 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

      Tigers let some good players go to make room for an average to good Forward, who also happens to be a bit odf a Penalty magnet’ . someone made a BAD call at the end of last season. my guess it wasn’t Sheens, but he is stuck with it!… j

    • August 27th 2012 @ 6:43pm
      tigertown said | August 27th 2012 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

      The tigers left their heart and soul on the paddock in the bulldogs game, there was nothing in the tank for the roosters.
      That game took its toll on the dogs too, they lost for the first time in umpteen weeks.
      Injuries have been the killer overall, if you go back to ’05 they managed to keep most of the same team on the paddock all year.This year there has been just too many different combos taking the field week to week.
      Noticed brett Hodgson won a big award in england on the weekend, he would have come in handy this year.

    • August 28th 2012 @ 10:30am
      poop said | August 28th 2012 @ 10:30am | ! Report

      LET BENJI PLAY

      UNLEASH

      ENOUGH OF THIS

      LET HIM PLAY THE TOUCH FOOTY HE LOVES TO PLAY

      UNLEASH BENJI MARSHALL

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