Sheens showing faith in young halfback

After a sudden injury to Robert Lui, former Rooster halfback in the NYC Jacob Miller will get a chance to prove his mettle, with Tim Sheens behind him all the way.

Sheens is confident that the young halfback will be able to deal with the pressure, and that he will be confident when he plays.

”This lad can play,” Sheens said.

”I know he’s only 18 but he’s a good solid kid and there’s a confidence about him. As I did with Robert Lui when I elevated him from the [under-]20s, I think the kid will do a good job. I’m not going to place too many expectations on him. He was put in the full-time squad, he’s been training with us full-time since last year so he’s no rookie in that respect. He knows everything we’ve been doing.

”He played in the Townsville trial as starting halfback and we beat them up there and he had some time against Parramatta in the Campbelltown trial. He’s been very strong in the [under-]20s, scoring two tries and kicking something like 10 from 10. He knows exactly our game, plays our style.”

For Miller, he will go up against the halves that kept him out of the Roosters first-grade side, in Mitchell Pearce, Todd Carney and Braith Anasta – with many coaches impressed with the efforts of Miller in the NYC level.

With the Tigers injury crisis worsening, Sheens is not making any excuses about the situation.

”I don’t want to be whingeing about injury, I’m confident in the team we’ve put out,” he said. ”We’ve still got plenty of work to do, we’re not kidding ourselves.

”I’ve been pretty happy with the first three rounds given we are nowhere near our best as far as experience is concerned.

”I’ve been very happy with the efforts of the young guys and particularly the senior guys sprinkled among them who have held it all together – the older ones, Benj, Robbie Farah, Todd Payten in limited circumstances, Chris Heighington, Wade McKinnon at the back, Chris Lawrence, [Blake] Ayshford and Tuqiri.”

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