Posted: 27 August, 2012
Why The Wests Tigers Have Had Such A Poor Season Revealed
AUDIO: Monday Night Football Panel
Does Tim Sheens escape the media spotlight despite his side's disappointing season? Joey Johns, Sterlo and Dan Ginnane have their say on what's sour at Wests.
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EARLIER: Benji Marshall is set to escape suspension with an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous contact charge.
The Wests Tigers have certainly been one of the disappointments of 2012. Following the 44-20 loss to the Sydney Roosters yesterday, the Tigers slipped out of the Top 8 with one round to play.
The Tigers were NRL favourites at the start of the year but now face the prospect of missing out on the finals altogether.
Triple M's Matty Johns told the Grill Team the one thing that's hurt their season.
"I don't think Benji's [Marshall] had a great year, Robbie Farah's missed a lot of football and he's proved himself to be their most vital player, but one of the things that has defined their season is the inability of the Tigers to play to Adam Blair's strength," he said.
Adam Blair was their star signing for 2012, having forked over big money for the Kiwi international to come over from the Melbourne Storm.
"He was brought in on [huge money] and they haven't changed their style to cater for Adam Blair's strength. They've continued to play too sideways. That's one of the things that's hurt their season," said Matty.
Meanwhile, Wests Tigers' flickering NRL finals hopes have been given a huge boost with Benji Marshall set to escape suspension with an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous contact charge.
Benji was placed on report for catching Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves with a high shot after rushing out of the defensive line in the second half of Sunday's 44-20 defeat.
What do you think is the reason behind the Tigers poor season?