Todd's Blog: Time to stand up

Wests Tigers NYC Coach Todd Payten has challenged his players to stand up after their heavy loss to Penrith last weekend.


Here is Todd's weekly blog.


Todd's Blog

We were thumped on the weekend. Beaten comprehensively in all areas of the match. As coach the disappointing thing was the ease in which we turned it up. Yes, Penrith did have a lot of things go their way but that will happen in football. We lacked effort and intent defensively.


Across the board we had a staggering 64 missed tackles. Only having one player not miss a tackle and several missing multiple and a couple nearly hitting double figures. Not good enough and not except able by ours or my standards.


This week's team will look vastly different and some players that missed the axing have been warned that another performance like Saturday's effort and they also wont be reading their name in the Big League program.


We started poorly giving up two tries. One was by a player who we had done our homework on but still we come up short in effort and intent and he tore straight through us. At 12-0 down, we had Delouise Hoeter sent for ten for a professional foul. In that period we let in two more tries not defending shortsides well at all with a man down. That's where we should number up and leave a man down on the long side and work your butt off from the inside. Again it was lack of effort.


We went in at the break 22-0 down. We showed better effort for the first 20 minutes of the second half but again when they managed to go full length of the field after a missed shoulder charge on Andrew Kazz, we packed it in and from there some efforts were embarrassing.


Out of the whole team these guys can hold their head high. Andy Fiagatusa was by far our standout. He toiled away relentlessly. Ran with aggression and defended with his shoulders. He really stood up as our senior forward seeing we were without Brendan Santi and Kyle Lovett who were starring for state Cup.


Ritchie Ene on debut started slowly but finished strongly. Had some good carries and whacked some boys with solid defence. Nathan Milone looked our only threat out wide and returned strongly from a broken wrist. Luke Brooks was also another who tried hard and looked threatening when taking on the line. He managed to score both of our tries.


Fosio Tatola worked hard. He played 60 minutes straight at lock. His effort and movement around the ball was great. He and Andy were the only guys working hard for other ball runners in support and running options on plays. Rhys Armstrong also did some good things but had a few too many missed tackles but also came up with some good ones.


The latter two boys have come up from S.G. Ball and when we have a fully fit compliment they will put pressure and probably upset more of our senior guys for positions in our 17. There were a few more players which werent as poor as the rest but not good enough to get a mention.