Onus to be be taken off the Tigers backs: Ellis

When you think of the Wests Tigers and their team, you immediately think of Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah do you not? Well, second-rower Gareth Ellis wants to change all that, as he seeks to get the pack equally recognised.

Whilst Gareth Ellis enjoys watching both Marshall and Farah weave their magic, he says that in 2011, it will also be the forward pack that will make their statement and play just as well as their two stars.

“Without a doubt (we can make a dent on the competition), forwards play a big role in today’s game and this season will be no different,” Ellis told AAP on Tuesday.

“The key for our pack is that it’s very fit and mobile and that’s the thing we play on.

“We did a lot of good things last year and we’re entering this year playing with a lot of belief.

“Hopefully we can expand on what we did last year.”

With a forward pack of Ellis, lock Chris Heighington, Liam Fulton, and props Keith Galloway, Bryce Gibbs, and Andrew Fifita, they are perhaps one of the more under-rated forward packs in the NRL.

“Leadership is something that has not always been high on my agenda, I’m pretty quiet and laid back but I like to think my actions can lead rather than my words,” Ellis said.

“Hopefully some of the things I can do on the field inspire other players, that’s what I aim to do.

“And we do have a good core group there, Galloway is on the fringe of Origin and Australia, Andrew Fifita is still coming through and Gibbo is a bit of a prankster but he knows when to turn it on.

“So the fact that I’m out there the majority of the time for 80 minutes and I’m in the thick of it, I do see myself as a leader on the field definitely.”

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