Wests Tigers

2016 fin­ish: Fi­nals week three

Rugby League Week - - Nsw Cup -

The coach says: The Tigers were 40 min­utes away from mak­ing last year’s grand fi­nal – not a bad result con­sid­er­ing the dis­trac­tion of Rob­bie Farah’s feud with Ja­son Tay­lor. So it’s no sur­prise that coach David Heath talked about cul­ture when asked how 2017 is look­ing at Con­cord. “Mak­ing the pre­lim fi­nal last year is a very good bench­mark . . . The big thing is try­ing to get the team you’ve got to build a cul­ture and that cul­ture hope­fully plays out week by week, and who­ever comes in and who­ever goes out and who­ever gets an op­por­tu­nity at the dif­fer­ent lev­els is able to con­tinue it,” Heath says. “That’s what JT’s been try­ing to do . . . the squad of 34-35, the train­ing they’ve been do­ing has been out­stand­ing. I know that JT’s ex­tremely happy.”

Player to watch: Heath reck­ons they don’t come much more com­mit­ted than back-rower Matt Eisen­huth ( left). “Matt’s just got a great work-rate, a great at­ti­tude, he wants to be bet­ter each week and he’s ex­tremely coach­able. He’s a lit­tle bit older and came across from Pen­rith and got an op­por­tu­nity at the Tigers and he was one of our strong­est mem­bers in the for­ward pack last year. He was a part-timer last year but has joined the full-time squad now, and from my understanding he’s been train­ing re­ally well.”

KEY GAINS: Matt McIl­wrick, Jack Siejka

KEY LOSSES: Josh Addo-Carr, Josh Drinkwa­ter, Asipeli Fine, Manaia Cher­ring­ton, Cur­tis Siro­nen

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