NRL Match Preview: Trust in each other a major key

Wests Tigers Coach Mick Potter and Captain Robbie Farah agree it is a matter of trust.

To believe in the principles set and not to fall into the trap of bad habits.


It is the message Wests Tigers supporters can take some comfort in out of Monday nights disappointing opening round loss to Newcastle.


With a short turnaround to tomorrows home game against Penrith at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, the team has had just two field sessions to rectify things.


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It is why the first training session on Thursday was as intense as some of the players have seen.


The boys really got stuck in to each other. It is important after a performance like the one we turned in that you get straight back into it, said Farah, who missed the session with a broken nose but trained this morning.


It was about having a good preparation and focusing on Sunday and putting last week out of our minds.


Potter said the Thursday session featured solely on defence. The ball was back in play this morning.


We focused on some of our deficiencies from the game and building that ability to withstand pressure. Some of our key points and principles in defence fell away, Potter said.


We need to address those and we did that. They have to trust each other. We saw what happened last Monday.


If we want to build pressure on the other team, we just need to change slightly. Weve got some fantastic players and they have got some really good things about them but we have just got to tip the balance and be a little more conservative and being a bit more resilient.


For Farah and his team-mates, the 3pm kick-off on Sunday cant come quickly enough.


It (Monday) was very uncharacteristic for what we want to be this year. The old habits crept in. It will take time with a new coach and adapting to him coming in. Hopefully it will happen sooner than later, the proud skipper said.


When things go wrong as they did early in the game on Monday night, we started to panic a bit and came up with some errors that I guess were the Wests Tigers of old.


It was disappointing for us after four months of a tough slog in the pre-season. It was shattering to start the way we did. We came into the year with a lot of expectation


But it was only round one and there is still a long way to go. No one will remember round one if we get a win up tomorrow.


Wests Tigers remain as per the side named on Tuesday for the clash against the Panthers.