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2015 Review: Wests Tigers

Wests Tigers
Position: 15th
Record :(8-0-16)
Top Pointscorer: Pat Richards (197)
Top Tryscorer: James Tedesco & Pat Richards (17 each)

The theme for the tigers in 2015 was that everything that happened was for the future success of the club. Tigers fans can only hope that their patience will pay off eventually because it was another dismal year at Concord.

Consistency was a huge issue for the team. On the best of days the Tigers could beat heavyweight teams convincingly such as in their wins over the Bulldogs and the Rabbitohs. In these games the Tigers looked like an exciting team that could easily play with the best teams in the league but these performances were scarce. The rest of the time it was a very dour sight to watch.

The first 8 games of the season held some hope that Jason Taylor had turned a very inexperienced team into a team capable of competing. Their defence, in particular, had improved dramatically however a 36-4 loss to the Roosters in week 9 seemed to be the end of any hope the Tigers had. Following that loss, the Tigers only won 1 game until their round 21 game against the Storm. There were some embarrassing losses including a loss to the Cowboys which was dubbed one of the worst games that fans had ever witnessed. The Origin period in particular affected the tigers when they lost two of their best players and only had one return.  Aaron Woods ran out of steam after two stellar performances at origin level and an incredible start the season while Robbie Farah received an injury that would see him sidelined for a significant period of time.

James Tedesco was a shining line through a very dark time in Tigers history. He made it through the entire season without injury and fans finally got to see what he was capable of when he was able to play a full season. At the end of 2015 he is now considered one of the best fullbacks in the league and a potential future representative player. Robbie Farah’s injury also came with a silver lining as fans got to see the debut of Manaia Cherrington who was impressive in his outings in the NRL.

2016 is not looking much better for the cubs as the club is likely to lose even more experience and gain none in return due to the salary cap restrictions. Keith Galloway, Pat Richards and Robbie Farah are all moving on. Under 20’s five-eight of the year, Te Maire Martin will also leave. The club will; however, receive some interesting prospects in the form of Jack Littlejohn, Michael Chee Kam and Australian Rugby 7’s player Jesse Parahi.

2015 was evidently a building year for the Tigers. They have moved away from being an unpredictable offensive monster to a more structured and defensively capable team. They still exemplified on multiple of occasions that they are still capable of attacking like the Wests Tigers are renowned for. Due to losing even more experience, the Tigers main objective would have to be further developing this plan for the future; however, if they could manage to lock down the new coaches game plan in the off season they may have a chance. There is a lot of raw talent in the squad, but recent years have shown that teams win premierships, not players.


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