Coaches speak of Wests Tigers inner sanctum

Those figures: Royce Simmons explains to guests the importance of statistics.
Those figures: Royce Simmons explains to guests the importance of statistics.

HE might not be the main man in charge, but Wests Tigers NRL assistant coach Royce Simmons certainly stole the show at last week's A Night with the Coaches at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Fans and selected media were given an insight into the inner sanctum of the Tigers' coaching staff and Tiger Talk's Scott Dougherty and Ben Chenoweth were the only media invited to attend the event.

Physiotherapist Peter Moussa, recruitment manager Warren McDonnell and NRL coach Mick Potter were among club staff who attended.

But it was Simmons' explanation of statistics that had guests most intrigued.

While Simmons, the former Australian representative hooker, concentrates more on the defensive structures at the club, he then went on the attack.

"You're talking about Blairy — I'll shoot you down, motor mouth," he said to a fan who questioned forward Adam Blair's role at the club.

"Every time Blairy plays the ball, nine out of 10 times he's got a quick play of the ball.

"Every time he plays the ball quick, Robbie Farah has a half a chance of getting out and causing some problems.

"Every time a bloke kicks the ball, every game, four or five times he'll come up to put pressure on the kicker.

"Only a week ago he came up with eight missed or ineffective tackles.

"But last week he came up with 37 tackles, no misses, at 100 per cent."

Simmons also put form forward Aaron Woods — who was at the event — on notice.

"Week one he must have had his skirt on, he only made four runs so he must have been injured," Potter said. "But since then he's had 20, 18, 17, 19 (runs) each week and all have been well over 100 — mostly over 150 metres.

"We see penalties conceded and Woods makes an appearance there.

"That's something he's got to clean up in his game . . . that'll get him out of the side.

He said statistics were vital for coaches.

"As coaches we have to identify strong parts and weak parts," he said

"We have to continue to make the strong parts better and the weaker parts we'll measure up."


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