by THE DOC
Moses Mbye 4/10 as Tigers Struggle against Rabbitohs
|The Tigers were quite simply blown away by a better team though that was mostly down to some horrific defending by experienced heads such as Moses Mbye and Luke Brooks, while they came into their own in the last couple minutes of the second half where they put the Rabbitohs under pressure (thanks to Benji Marshall who played off the bench). This was still a poor performance which puts them back in their cursed 9th position ( Tigers fans are likely having PTSD flashbacks as this article is being written) and will need to improve their defense and maybe ring some changes to certain players.
There wasn't much but the last 10-20 minutes of the second half the Tigers almost pulled off a miracle comeback thanks in part to Benji Marshall energy and skill bringing the Tigers into the game as he played a remarkable second half, mentions should go to Reece Hoffman who scored on his debut and David Nofoaluma who continues his metre eating season as usual.
Moses Mbye had a night to forget as four tries came down his side and it was due to his miscommunication with Luke Brooks and not helping youngster Reece Hoffman as the Rabbitohs targeted the right edge continually, also on this evidence Luke Brooks defensively suspect all match and would and should likely be dropped but Maguire will likely stick with his chosen set of halves.
Coach Rating 6/10, Madge picked the team, the same team that has arguably been consistent for the past week or so but you got the feeling that once he saw the Rabbitohs go two up down the same edge and went scoreless the whole first 40 that the changes should have rung but he waited too little too late to bring on Benji Marshall and it cost them.
Player Ratings 1-10. 10=BEST
Fullback Adam Douehi 6- Was solid without being spectacular, ran over 100 metres but barely threatened to score or do anything of note for the whole match as the Rabbitohs had his and many of his teammates number all match
Left Winger Reece Hoffman 7- What a debut for the youngster who despite the apparent captain playing just inside was churning up a complete garbage performance he held his head high and managed to score his first try in first grade. Ran 129 Metres, but was one of the few who could hold his head high for what was a miserable night for the Tigers.
Left Centre Moses Mbye 4- Captain of the team and arguably the team's headache and was responsible for all 4 tries that got shipped down the right and surely he will get axed from the team after such a pitiful performance
Right Centre Chris Lawrence 7- Consistent performer from the veteran who played out of position as an outside back and was very good for his 126 metre's he ran and combined well with David Nofoaluma though it counted for nothing in the end.
Right Winger David Nofoaluma 7- The best on the park for the Tigers, almost produced a wonderful coast to coast try but fumbled the ball, busted 6 Tackle Breaks, a team-high 176 run metre's and was the only one to keep his defensive shape as all of the Rabbitohs traffic was down the left.
Five-Eighth Josh Reynolds 5- Purely for that completely avoidable kick on Campbell-Graham and was the only thing of note he did for the whole match.
Halfback Luke Brooks 5- Some calamitous defending and only one Line Break Assist for the match, should surely be in the firing line and open the gate for young Billy Walters to get a chance in the team alongside Benji Marshall.
Prop Josh Aloiai 7- Had a quiet first half as the majority of the half was done regrouping after each the Rabbitohs scored but exploded into the second half and muscled his way over to score giving the Tigers a chance to get a comeback going.
Hooker Harry Grant 8- Honestly his performance warranted a win, he defended his socks off and continually tried to throw his body into everything and in the attack was trying to move the Tigers forward but it wasn't to be for the young gun whose stock continues to rise.
Prop Oliver Clark 5- Wasn't visible throughout though that is not his fault as the majority of the time he was defending due to the Rabbitohs bombardment.
Second Row Luke Garner 7- Despite being on the end of Latrell's blindside hit he toughed it out and ran hard and solid all night trying to force the Rabbitohs to gift them something and it eventually paid off as the pressure told and the floodgates opened, a solid performance from the back-rower.
Second Row Luciano Leulia 7- For every beautiful line he ran Luke Brooks never found him, he's a powerful runner capable of bursting through any defensive line once you feed him the ball but here he was barely used and had to muscle way through Rabbitohs pack singlehandedly. Tigers need to utilize the weapons at their disposal more.
Lock Matthew Eisenhuth 7- Helped cause the second-half comeback and was sound defensively and ran hard and with purpose and last 70 minutes until being rested for the last frantic 10 minutes when the Tigers almost stole the win.
Elijah Taylor 5- The forgotten man at the Tigers barely had a sniff and only did the bare minimum in the half an hour and 6 minutes he was given off the bench
Thomas Mikaele 5- Didn't put his foot in and did what he could but his presence couldn't shift the momentum for the Tigers.
Michael Chee Kam 6- Shifted between the back row and centre but was subdued for the most part though if that try which he attempted and his body stayed in he would be hailed as a hero for the Tigers
Benji Marshall 8- Eyebrows were raised when Benji was introduced so late but by god his presence was missed as soon as he got on the park the Tigers confidence grew as he put the team around with agility and despite his aging body showed he still had the quickness reminiscent of his glory days when he won the Grand Final with them. Was at the heart of everything the Tigers did right in the second half and has surely regained his starting position in the weeks to come.