Souths crush injury depleted Tigers

Dave Taylor

You could use their large injury toll as an apparent excuse behind why they were defeated heavily, but for Tigers coach Tim Sheens, he has no intention to do that – instead saying that his team lacks the finals mentality, heading into the back end of the season.

The Tigers looked flat for the majority of the game, as they were humiliated by a rampant Souths outfit, as the Bunnies took the game 32-6 in front of almost 30,000 fans, to move into second spot.

Sheens thought that his team had one eye on the draw, expecting other results to go their way, rather than focusing on the game itself, and winning the game.

“It’s amazing the strength you (can) find when you’re in that position,” Sheens said.

“Gold Coast and others are playing with that desperation (and a) ‘we’ve got to win, we’ve got to win’ mentality.

“That’s where we’re at now.”

The Tigers, who haven now dropped out of the eight on for and against, admitted that they are now part of the chasing pack – with Farah lamenting his side’s poor game, as well as the poor game he and halves partner Benji Marshall had.

“We just didn’t play the way we liked (to),” Farah admitted.

“That’s probably the worst game I’ve played in a long time and I don’t think Benji would be too happy with his game.

“We control that team (and) touch the ball the most out of any other player and when we play poorly, we’re not going to win games.

“I’ve been around a while and thought I could handle it (positional changes) but obviously I didn’t do as well as I would have liked.”

Although the Tigers may see Tim Moltzen and Keith Galloway return next week for the Monday night clash against the Eels, Sheens said that that will not be an instant solution.

“We’re not going to offer any excuses. We just weren’t good enough today,” a dejected Sheens said.

“People tried hard but we didn’t work together as a unit … it was pretty disappointing.”

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