Insights aplenty at night with Wests Tigers coaches

AT THE Wests Tigers "A night with the coaches" last Thursday, a video was shown of Mick Potter in the coaches' box during the Tigers' win over the Cowboys the previous week.

It was surprising to see how calm and controlled he was during a tight game.

Robbie Farah during the Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers round 2 NRL game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Robbie Farah during the Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers round 2 NRL game at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng

I would have thought being in charge of a team at the bottom of the ladder in an important game would have the coach jumping on his chair and slamming fists on windows.

Despite some typical-rugby-league-coaches-swearing and yells of "Noooo" at referee calls, he spoke calmly and almost quietly to the trainers on the field and to those around him in the box.

After the video he admitted during games he was just like a fan except for a few differences.

"Pretty much like you guys I watch the game and make some substitutions and get emotional like you do," he said.

One of the most interesting topics on the night was assistant coach and Magpies legend Steve Georgallis showing a video of Ruse's David Nofoaluma scoring a try at training in the off-season in the exact same fashion he scored the winning try against the Cowboys in round 11.

"It's a skill that they practise during these games at training," he said.

"Here you have a match winning situation and that's the sort of thing he does in training — putting the ball down one-handed.

"Obviously when I was playing we had VHS, now they've got computers and you just press someone's name and missed tackles come up and left-to-right shifts come up.

The other assistant coach Royce Simmons came up with the line of the night: "Someone [asked] what's the difference between the head coach and the assistant coach and I said about $300,000".

"Mick assures me that's not right."

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