Slammed Wests Tigers, Tim Sheens, Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Attack, Round 3

The Wests Tigers have been slammed and Tim Sheens is under the pump for installing a coaching staff that has failed to deliver on its promise of a new attacking revolution.

Despite only being two games into the season, early signs are far from promising as the Tigers’ attack looks dull and non-existent in terms of losses to the Titans and Knights at home.

Fox League’s Braith Anasta said the loss to the Knights at the Leichhardt Oval was “a terrible day for the Tigers and their fans”.

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“Given the circumstances where Ponga and Brailey were out early in the game and didn’t come back, 10 in the bin for Dom Young, Saifiti sent off, Frizell injured but that wasn’t even it. It was just the performance at home at the Leichhardt Oval Round 2, it was quite tragic,” Anasta continued NRL 360.

Brent Read can’t understand why the Tigers’ attack has receded from their 2022 wooden spoon season after they made it the focus of their entire 2023 preseason.

“You know, what I find amazing is that they spent an off-season working on their offense,” Read said.


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The Tigers lost two home games at the start of 2023.Source: Delivered

“Everyone at this club has told us he spent the entire off-season on his attacking side.

“And for the first two weeks, her attack was a mess. You dropped so much ball. They had so many mistakes and one wonders what they did.”

Paul Kent believes there is no sign of a plan or strategy in what the Tigers are trying to do in attack.

“But the worst thing is that you can’t really find the direction they want to go in,” Kent said.

“How many times in the game was there a phase where Koroisau was actually looking around, well who wants the ball?

“You saw the first receiver get the ball and catch it and look around. Who can I share with? You just mix it to the brim. Then they will have a hit-up. Then they will push it to another edge.

“There’s just no strategy behind what they’re doing.”

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Tim Sheens feels the heat.Source: Getty Images

Phil Rothfield believes Tigers players are confused about what their coaches want from them.

“In the second half yesterday, Luke Brooks ran sideways a few times to find someone,” Rothfield said.

“They look like a confused football team to me.”

“But whose fault is this buzz?” Anasta interjected.

“They had a whole preseason. They got three new coaches.”

“A $1 million playmaker doesn’t play like a $1 million playmaker,” Rothfield said.

“I don’t think you can just blame the $1M playmaker here,” Anasta replied.

“How they played. If there was a game plan, it wasn’t even remotely executed.

“There was no player on the field who did his job.”

Kent believes the Tigers are already out of the Finals race after losing two games they needed to win at home to start the season against smaller teams in the Titans and Knights.

“What we heard in the preseason is that Sheens came back and revived memories of 2005,” Kent said.

Tim Sheens and Benji Marshall.Source: News Corp Australia

“Short passes, changes of direction. All those things that worked for her back then.

“They spent the summer working on their attack. Everyone was excited.

“And yet we haven’t seen any of it and just sit and wait.

“Now they’re sitting there with two losses and that’s two games that the Tigers would have sat down in earlier this year and said we’re going to start with the Titans and Leichhardt going into the Knights in Leichhardt, 14th and 13th last year. Those are two games we should win.

“Those were two games we benched so now they have to try and get the eight out that far already and they’re four points off what they would have already expected.”

Rothfield believes the blame should fall on manager Tim Sheens for assembling his coaching staff who struggle to get on the same side and confuse the players.

“They asked whose fault it was, it’s not Justin Pascoe’s fault, the CEO, it’s the head coach Tim Sheens’ fault,” Rothfield said.

“It’s Tim Sheens’ fault. He was responsible for putting together the coaching staff he has there.

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“Even if it was half my idea, I still think the buck stops with the head coach.

“If I use the words confused how this team plays football, there is a saying about too many cooks in the kitchen.

“They have Tim Sheens. You have Benji Marshall who is really modern. They have Robbie Farah who is modern and Sheens is 72 and so is David Furner.

“I have a suspicion that players are confused about the messages they get from four people from different angles and the way football is played.”

However, Kent believes the Tigers’ problems run deeper because they had good coaches who were paralyzed by the club and called for the people running the club to resign.

“I think the problem with the club is bigger than that,” said Kent.

“I guess they got Ivan Cleary a few years ago who looked around the store and saw the first opportunity he left. The Panthers have since won two premierships.

“Then they brought in Michael Maguire, who had won two Premierships, one in Wigan and one in South Sydney.

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“Michael Maguire knows what a successful organization looks like and he had nothing but dead ends that he hit when he was with the Tigers.

“When he tried to change things to do better, the club always pushed him back.

“He knows what success looks like, and any organization that succeeds has people in the joint who know what it takes.

“Phil Gould knows what the model looks like. Wayne Bennett knows what the model looks like.

“The Tigers have deposed Maguire. By this time he had already been shot. They had already stripped him of any influence he had within the joint to force changes on the players because the club didn’t support him.

“The one thing that’s stayed constant at the Tigers over a decade of turmoil is who sits in the big offices.

“They’re the ones who have to start looking at their own accomplishments and fall on their swords because they’re the only ones there seven, eight, nine, ten years ago.” Slammed Wests Tigers, Tim Sheens, Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah, Attack, Round 3

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