Wests Tigers in the NEWS

Wests Tigers in the news, Friday 22, February.


Wests Tigers have featured heavily in the news in the lead up to the Foundation Cup against the Roosters.


The Sydney Morning Herald features the head coaches of Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters:


Glenn Jackson


THEY lived a few blocks from each other, attended the same school, advanced to head coaching at the same club based in Perpignan, France, and will lead NRL clubs for the first time in round one. Yet perhaps the most important thing that Mick Potter, the new Wests Tigers coach, and Trent Robinson, the new Sydney Roosters coach, share, is less obvious.


''They're both determined,'' said Peter Mulholland, who coached them at rugby league nursery St Gregory's College, Campbelltown.


Potter and Robinson, NRL coaching newcomers, will oppose each other in the Foundation Cup trial at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. In doing so, they will continue a long line of top-level coaches to have emerged from the school; Jack Gibson, Tim Sheens, Daniel Anderson and Jason Taylor are all alumni.


Mulholland is a big believer the best coaches need work ethic more than they do ability as a player to succeed - and both his former students have it. ''It's a will to succeed, and it probably comes from a common theme in their background,'' he said. ''They haven't had easy lives; they've had to work hard, and they've appreciated what's been done for them. They also appreciate the effort required to get to the top.''


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The Daily Telegraph has a look at the reasons behind star signing Braith Anasta's move from the Roosters:


Josh Massoud


STAR Tigers recruit Braith Anasta has revealed the price of signing with a rival club mid-season, describing himself as a "target" for Roosters fans and armchair critics during his final months at Bondi Junction.


As debate continues over the merits of an end-of-year transfer window, Anasta yesterday spoke of the current system's personal toll ahead of his first encounter against the Roosters in this weekend's Foundation Cup trial.


The former Roosters skipper also admitted he and other players weren't content at the club when he signed a two-year deal with the Tigers last April.


"I needed a change," Anasta said.


"I was not enjoying my footy where I was and a lot of other guys weren't, mind you. There wasn't a huge commitment there from them."


Anasta declined to elaborate on the exact reasons for his unease, but it's widely known a significant proportion of the team no longer supported previous coach Brian Smith.


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The Sydney Morning Herald also focuses on Anasta and his new found happiness at Wests Tigers:


Steve Jancetic


BRAITH ANASTA is in love with rugby league again, free from the burden of one of the toughest gigs in the NRL in recent years - captaining the Sydney Roosters.


The Wests Tigers recruit will go up against his former club for the first time in Saturday night's Foundation Cup clash, fresh from scoring a double on debut against Parramatta.


But while he admitted to still having a soft spot for the Roosters, Anasta also felt some relief at having left.

Anasta was not just Roosters skipper, he was the face of a club which endured more than its fair share of off-field drama during his reign. In the end, he'd had enough.


''There was that many things going on there,'' Anasta said.


''I love the place and I loved the captaincy. I don't know if it's as intense everywhere else as captain but it certainly was there.


''I was very passionate about the job and the players and the club. I've still got a soft spot for them. But I've definitely noticed a bit more freedom now that I don't have that and I think it's helped with my footy.''


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