One other season gone, and one other yr the place the Wests Tigers will really feel like ought to have and will have carried out extra.
Saturday’s 50-20 defeat to Cronulla was a microcosm of the Tigers’ season condensed into 80 minutes of viewing.
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Michael Maguire’s aspect confirmed glimpses of brilliance in assault however all that good work was undone and compounded by self-sabotaging errors and defensive lapses.
The Tigers had an ideal probability – in opposition to a Sharks aspect struggling for kind – to notch their first run of three wins straight since 2018.
However when push got here to shove they misplaced their method after beginning brightly, ending the afternoon with 11 errors, 38 missed tackles to go along with a completion charge of simply 68%.
“It’s actually irritating for Wests Tigers, their complete season has been like this,” stated Shane Flanagan on Fox League.
“They are often actually good in moments after which actually poor in moments.
“Their constructions and programs are actually good they’re actually poor. It’s been a irritating yr and sadly it’s going to complete as we speak.”
There are shiny spots for the Tigers. Adam Doueihi is trying an increasing number of like a star they’ll construct round. Younger prop Stefano Utoikamanu is one other one who has proven loads of promise.
That they had a controversial strive chalked off within the second half, however in actuality the Tigers had been the masters of their very own downfall.
Barring a minor miracle, the Tigers’ season is over as soon as once more and their quest to play finals soccer goes on.
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Not since 2011 have the Tigers performed a knockout sport to achieve the grand ultimate.
And Maguire, the person who was delivered to Harmony to spark a change of fortunes initially of 2019, stated his aspect weren’t on the races.
“We knew precisely what we had been coming to and we didn’t get the job carried out,” Maguire stated.
“It was actually disappointing. We scored a strive initially.
“Following that, we offload, get fortunate, get one other offload, make an error. It tells you about the place we’re at mentality clever. It was not the efficiency we got here to placed on that’s for certain.”
Requested if there was an excessive amount of build-up into the sport which was seen as a shootout for a finals spot, Maguire stated: “No, by no means. Not at this degree, that’s what you’ve obtained to deal with.
“We’ve obtained numerous gamers there who ebbed and flowed all through the sport and so they wanted to get the job carried out.
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“The ruck was too fast, the road pace was non-existent at instances, and we put ourselves on the again foot.
“We put an excessive amount of stress on ourselves with the errors and dropped ball. Their leaders obtained a maintain of the sport. We wanted to consider the lengthy sport and never concerning the subsequent play.”
Maguire stated his aspect had carried out their homework on the Sharks’ fast males however failed to face as much as the duty.
“I wouldn’t say they (Tigers’ middles) tapped out however their again 5 got here by our center.
“We wanted to be higher in that space. Younger (Blayke) Brailey obtained out and made too many metres.
“Each sport is so necessary within the NRL. There are video games we will look again on and say: ‘if we did sure issues in that sport – like as we speak – then they might’ve swung our method’.
“However that’s the NRL, you’ve obtained to be ready to roll your sleeves up and try this. You’ve obtained to be robust by the center.
“You’ve obtained to be ready to place the laborious work in and that got here again and obtained us within the second half.”
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