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The Tigers Way ? The Tigers Future ?

By Stopsy
August 1 2018

What does the season have in store...

Well what a journey the last few seasons have been.  As the slump in our playing fortunes continues unabated for me the most worrying aspect has been the variability in performance from week to week.  Last season, every time I watched a game and thought I saw the green shoots of recovery we seemed to follow it up with a hefty dose of paraquat in training the next week and turned in performances that were in places inept.

I could just about live with the poor performances in our post-Christmas winning streak last season, after all results matter more than style.  However it became obvious later on that the cracks were being papered over.

I was mystified by the performances, in general the playing staff were the same, the coaching staff, the same albeit Bakewell’s arrival and the almost immediate improvement in much of our forward play was welcome.  I presume we were not telling the players to play a different game week in week out?  Some of the poor performances were against teams that were also struggling so I can’t put it down to the differing strengths of the opposition.

To my mind the problems must lie in the top 2 inches individually and collectively and it is the latter that concerns me the most.

I want to see that old belligerence back, losing tamely is not an option.  Unfortunately one of those that seems to have that element to his psyche is now out injured courtesy of Mr Jones.  As ever Tom typifies the right approach too and I pray that now his family problems are lessened, he can recover his old style and form.  Goodness knows what he must be made of to have performed as well as he has over the last 4 seasons.

Enough of the gloom, let’s cast our eyes forward and hope that the additions to the playing squad and coaching team can provide the missing elements.  A top 4 finish, European qualification for the senior cup again, I am not sure we can get out of the European pool and as such a knock out game is not on my wish list this season, much as I’d love it.

But most of all I wish to see that old Tigers ethos back, like others I fear that may have left Welford Rd along with Cockers, with Tom being the last of the breed, I don’t think Dan typifies it, fine player though he is.

While we’re on wish lists, when will the RFU & PRL actually do something about Player Welfare and reduce the burden on the players?

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:18:18:51:37 by Tiggs.

02/08/2018 16:06
Many thanks for your contribution Mike, and some good points well made.

02/08/2018 21:05
I too look back at the old Tigerish ethos and what it brought to the team with a certain level of regret that nowadays it seems to be more about their wallets rather than their hearts.

Rich W
02/08/2018 21:10
Perhaps they have only followed the example set by the club.

Thanks Mike.


02/08/2018 21:21
And the club have followed the rest of the game?

Things evolve over time, they have to, but not always for the better unfortunately.

Not many current players have any grounding or work experience away from the pro-sportsperson bubble within which they are told where to be when and what to wear.

Rich W
02/08/2018 21:40
All true - though I'm not sure many clubs have been quite so mercenary.


03/08/2018 08:14
I’m not sure you’re right there Rich, I know it’s going back a way but Tigers gave loads of “gifts” to my local team whereas Bristol and Sale wanted paying. Yes there is more money grabbing now but I suspect we only see our element. Look at the STH stunt Saracens pulled.

Rich W
03/08/2018 08:30
I'm not sure that's quite the same - exploiting the paying punter is certainly widespread but I don't think we're as bad as some (look at the prices at Exeter which they can get away with at the moment because they are successful) but I haven't seen much of the sort of horse-trading and disloyalty that uses players as negotiating pieces the way we did with Freddie and Ed.


odd-shaped vagaries
03/08/2018 11:47
Stops: ''... after all results matter more than style.''

Do they .. much as I desire victory, I thought first and foremost rugby for we punters is supposed to be about entertainment .. as long as we have a rugby family we can stay above much which divides and devalues other sports, but that includes valuing the 'taking part' aspect

I like the Xmas cracker extract in your last sentence, but more, I appreciate the whole of your contribution

Up the Tigers!

The referee is the final arbitrary
.. dementiaaahll!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:03:11:48:43 by odd-shaped vagaries.

06/08/2018 10:35
Good piece Mike. I agree with all that.

Oh for a new "Cockers" to light a fire in the belly once more.

Donate now to Cancer research

06/08/2018 12:00
Maybe Bakewell is that man ?

06/08/2018 14:32
The old dogged, confrontational snarl of the Tigers is no longer in the DNA of the players and coaches. Change is inevitable but improvement is not. IMO that sums up where we are and I really have no clue where we are going and what style of club and player we are anymore , only time will tell but one thing is for sure the playing style of the future will not reflect that of the past.

06/08/2018 18:44
Seems to me we need more than Tigers DNA.

The Club list the following front row players.


Polota-Nau - maybe away with Australia Australia, who will cover him?

Tom Youngs our leader, he will need a big season who will back him up?

Jake Kerr - is he ready to take a leading role?

Jimmy seasons, has he developed while away?

Props - Dan Cole may still be needed for internationals

Genge - injured expected return in January 19
Owen Hills is he ready to take a leading role?
Gaston Cortes - as Hills
Facundo Gigena.

The man for all seasons Bateman, Hooker, Prop both sides.
Plus part time centre, part time cover for Manu?

Any sign of quality front row players on their way?

Seems to me we could be in trouble in the new season.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2018:08:06:18:47:12 by Johns.

Rich W
07/08/2018 15:47
Plus 2 John.


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