Wests Tigers Coach Tim Sheens and Captain Robbie Farah have apologised for the side’s very disappointing performance against South Sydney at the SCG today.
The Rabbitohs ran in nine tries to two to destroy the Wests Tigers 50-10 in round 10 of the Telstra Premiership. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Wests Tigers.
“We owe our fans an apology for that today. The players and I have had a long discussion about it. This week (against Newcastle) can’t come quick enough as far as we are concerned,’’ Sheens said.
“It was our worst performance for some time. I can’t remember a performance like that for a long, long time. It is very disappointing.
“We started poorly in that we didn’t field the kick-off and it just got worse. They out muscled us in the middle and then our edges just fell to pieces. Everything we did went against us, every kick bounced the wrong way, every pass went wrong, so when those sort of things start happening, you know you are in for a tough day.
“It was a very poor performance and we are all putting our hands up, me included. Coaching staff, playing staff. We owe the club better than that.”
Farah said he couldn’t recall a worse performance.
“No, not in my time. As a playing group, we are pretty embarrassed,’’ a dejected Farah said.
“As captain, I like to apologise on behalf of the players to the fans and to the past players that have put this jersey on. It is pretty embarrassing.
“In saying that, we will stick together as a group and we will work hard. We will bounce back.”
Winger Lote Tuqiri said he couldn’t put his finger on why the side performed so poorly.
“We will have to go back and have a look at our own performances individually,’’ Tuqiri said.
“It is a tough time. I have been here with other teams before. We have just got to believe in what we are doing. We are a tough bunch of boys and we just need to stick together.
“The thing is we are 4-5 (four wins, five losses) so it is not panic stations. We have just got to be confident in our own ability which we are and go from there.
“I don’t want to be too negative. I don’t think you will see a worse performance from us this year so that’s probably a good thing.
“We have got the Friday night game and luckily it is not too far away.
“We have just got to take stock and train hard. Get back on the horse and believe in what we are doing. Today, we let our fans down and that’s not good enough.
“Souths played alright but we certainly didn’t play the way we wanted to. We just gave away the ball, didn’t complete our sets. We were all guilty, 1-17.
“It is pretty ordinary when you are walking off (the field) and kids are booing.”
Meanwhile, second-rower Liam Fulton will have scans on Monday to determine the extent of a right shoulder injury.
Centre Blake Ayshford suffered a groin strain and may also miss the Newcastle match
16/05/2010 10:17:07 PM