The most frustrating team in the NRL

Andréa Mandadakis Roar Pro

By Andréa Mandadakis, Andréa Mandadakis is a Roar Pro

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    Here’s a hot tip: it isn’t the Warriors.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the newest contender for most frustrating NRL team – the Wests Tigers.

    For a team fielding ‘young superstars’ and the ‘next big things’ in the NRL, they sure know how to disappoint.

    One week they’re superstars, the next four they’re wooden spoon contenders, and it all starts with their younger players who aren’t pulling their weight.

    The only one I can’t really fault is fullback James Tedesco, who always puts in 100 per cent every time he pulls on the jersey, and is in fact one of the best in the competition. It is imperative the club re-sign this future NSW and Australian fullback.

    But it’s the likes of Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks who are frustrating to watch.

    Now I can’t entirely blame the halves for the 40-point loss to the Raiders, the forwards have to take the brunt of criticism as well. They got dominated by Canberra’s monstrous pack and couldn’t recover.

    For a while however, the mobile engine room the Tigers fielded was doing well at exposing the size of the Raiders’ forwards, getting quick play the balls and catching the opposition off guard and offside.

    But some of the decision making and fifth tackle options of the Tigers is left to be desired. Brooks and Moses have not only played together throughout their entire footy careers, juniors included, but they’ve now been paired for the last two and a half years in the top grade.

    It was evident in the last two weeks that the Tigers’ halves couldn’t organise a root in a brothel, with the team piling on just eight points in the last fortnight, a penalty goal and an intercept try.

    It’s frustrating as a rugby league fan to see these highly touted youngsters not putting in.

    They just don’t seem to care knowing that the club will shell out whatever money they have so they can ‘live up to their potential’.

    Tigers player Mitchell Moses

    The idea that these guys are commanding upwards of $800,000 is ludicrous.

    I know he’s only a few games in and 18 years old but Moses Suli clearly showed why he isn’t ready for the NRL lining up against Jordan Rapana, where he made some costly errors.

    The rookie looked like he wanted to be home during the pre-match warm up, and I don’t blame him. To shell out over $300,000 for a kid who had previously played only a total of one NYC game is ridiculous.

    For those who’ve heard me rant about the Tigers already, I think they need two things; a hulking backrower and an experienced, steadying halfback. They need to be smarter with recruitment, but instead they throw their money around to whoever thinks they can do the job.

    The likes of Dale Finucane, Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, Alex Glenn and Jason Taumalolo are off contract and just the type of players they need in the backrow, which hasn’t been the same since English sensation Gareth Ellis left in 2013.

    There aren’t many options in the halves but Josh Reynolds and Tyrone Roberts would be decent acquisitions and at least are capable of steering around a side. The only other option is Johnathan Thurston and I’d be willing to to bet my organs he won’t be wearing black white and orange next year.

    The club needs to choose between Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses. They can’t afford to have both on board with the poor results and what could be.

    These are the same guys who went missing in Round 26 last year when their team needed them the most.

    I know it’s only Round 3 but It’s frustrating as a rugby league fan to see the Tigers play so poorly for so long, but they need to learn not to throw all their eggs into one basket and recruit accordingly.

    I’d love to see the Tigers live up to the glory days of the mid 2000s and early 2010s again, because they were such great entertainers, but I can’t see it anytime soon with the way they’re going. I’ll be more than happy to see them prove me wrong, though.

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    • March 20th 2017 @ 8:26am
      Soda said | March 20th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      tigers have been great for the first 35 minutes of the game. How it can crumble so quickly and so convincingly is baffling.

      Last year it was Robbie Farah stifling everything, now that the young guns are in they seem to be out of bullets. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t want Robbie in my team but I wouldn’t pay overs for these rookie halves. They should be playing for contracts now that the spotlight is firmly on them.

      Tedesco has been playing great though and keeping tigers somewhat competitive for the first half atleast. He deserve the money, brooks and Moses need a reality check.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:25am
        andrew said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:25am | ! Report

        So the problems are the same as last year, and it was Robbie Farah’s fault last year, but this year he is not there and the problems remain…..
        hmm mis-diagnosis perhaps?

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          March 20th 2017 @ 11:59am
          Kaks said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

          Definitely not. Robbie was trying too hard and nothing was working. Now the pressure is on the halves to excel, I wouldnt count them out after 3 rounds.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 4:44pm
        zim said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

        I’m assuming young guns are the halves? Hanging the loss on the halves when the forward pack is absolutely dominated is pretty rough.

        It was even when Aaron woods was on the park and the raiders were making mistakes. He goes off and the tigers bench had nothing.
        They’re lacking a quality forward at least. ET being out didn’t help either.

        One of the halves should go though. You need an experienced half to come into the side.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 8:52am
      Silvertail47 said | March 20th 2017 @ 8:52am | ! Report

      If you put there halves on a 10 year 10 mill contract they will improve and become a force

      • March 20th 2017 @ 9:57am
        Soda said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

        Haha the old DCE gambit. How could it fail?

    • March 20th 2017 @ 8:55am
      Raki said | March 20th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

      I stopped reading after you stating the Warriors were NOT the most frustrating team to watch. That statement in itself is completely false and I could nit take the rest of your article seriously.


    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:25am
      uglykiwi said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      The current halves will simply NOT supply a premiership….
      Therefore they must go, they are not worth $250k a year; (so why pay them $1m a year………). They will not get $1m from any other club in the NRL. I can not see why any club would seriously sign either of the halves.
      Tigers need to start again; sign an experienced half; Go with Todd Carney and get some young guys who are keen and sign them; and then use the left over cash to sign some forwards. Look at Vaughan at the Dragons; just killing it. Tigers should have signed him!! They need a big name signing in the forwards, their forward pack is simply not good enough or big enough. They are a little like the warriors this year; no forwards… both teams will miss the 8 this year.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:34am
      Gus Paella said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Tedesco is obviously a talent but yesterday with ball in hand inside the 20 he just seems to try change direction regardless of which way his team in shifting.

      With his speed he could be sweeping around Darius Boyd style and he has a good pair of hands too.

      It appears to me he tries to wrong-foot a defender and most of the time he gets tackled and the momentum and attack dies right there.
      Brooks is below par for a half and Woods is like Dugan, big stats but little impact and loved by the masses.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 9:55am
        Soda said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

        That’s a good point actually regarding Tedesco. Similar to benji in as much that his individual skill and flare while electric to watch often came at the expense of the team and its overall direction. It will take a very astute coaching staff to strike the balance. For mine their defence is shot and aside from everyone in the headlines the tigers are pretty pedestrian in most of the other positions. They miss the unsung class of your Todd Payton and Ben galea types. When the lost those senior figures they lost a lot of direction and stability which aloud the Irratic brilliance of their x-factor players to shine.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:36am
      KingCowboy said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

      No way in the world. Has to be the Warriors. I refuse to bet on any game involving the Warriors. You never know what you are going to get.

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