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Wests Tigers players accuse South Sydney of getting 'nasty'

Sam Burgess and Aaron Woods get up close and personal.

Sam Burgess and Aaron Woods get up close and personal. Photo: Getty Images

Wests Tigers players believe they have earned respect from rival teams after refusing to be bullied by an aggressive South Sydney team they accused of resorting to "nasty" tactics because they were losing Friday night's match at ANZ Stadium.

Motivated by talk about how their forwards would be no match for the monster Souths pack, the Tigers were determined not to let their rivals intimidate them - and skipper Robbie Farah and fullback James Tedesco said they had sent a message to the rest of the NRL competition with their 25-16 win.

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"It wasn't us that got nasty," Farah said after a game in which five players were placed on report and three, including Rabbitohs superstar Greg Inglis, failed to finish due to concussion.

"There was a bit of emotion involved, we didn't want to take a backward step and I don't think we took a backward step all night. That is why we won the game. Everyone talks about their pack but I would like to give my pack some credit, they were enormous tonight.

"We came here tonight not to get bullied. We knew tonight we needed to come out and earn some respect and I thought we did that. They are an intimidating pack, that is the way they play and in the past that might have got the better of us but again credit to our pack. We matched them and that is why we won the game.

"I think it probably got a little bit out of control because they weren't happy about losing the game. I guess they are not used to losing, they are a successful side and it did get a bit fiery."

Tedesco, who was the victim of a several high tackles, said the Tigers had wanted to make a statement by refusing the let the Rabbitohs outmuscle them.

"When we were on top, they got a bit angry towards the end there and there were a few high shots," he said. "Our forwards sort of stuck it to them and they weren't used to that. Everyone talks about their pack and how big they are and our pack is doing awesome.

"We talked about that, this was going to be the benchmark, Souths is a good team at the moment and if we could come out here and stick it to them like we did then teams are going to start taking us seriously. We did that so a lot of teams are going to be worried about us at the moment."

Despite centre Tim Simona (high tackle) and forward James Gavet (kneeing) being placed on report, Wests coach Mick Potter said: "It's a contact sport and sometimes you have to sail close to the wind, and I don't think I would want it any other way".

The Tigers completed 36 of their 42 sets, while Souths failed to get to the last tackle on 15 occasions and had to make 295 tackles compared to 230 by Wests.

"I thought our defence was very good," Potter said. "I thought we met them on the advantage line and I thought we matched them in the middle with metres when we've got the ball. It gave us a little bit of room for our backs to play a little bit more. I thought our forwards outplayed their forwards tonight."

Potter said he was surprised Simona had been placed on report for a tackle that forced Inglis from the field after just five minutes, while he could not understand how winger Pat Richards was not awarded a penalty try after being hit high by Ben Lowe as he dived for the line.

"The only reason he didn't score was because he got head-highed so for me it seemed logical you award a [penalty] try," Potter said. "I am disappointed that wasn't ruled like that. Another disappointing thing is that you lose your player [Richards] because he was head-highed.

39 comments so far

  • The refs cost us the game tonight. Im sick of the refs costing us 2 points.
    There was no way sammy burgess hit there fullback high! its called footy mate!
    And if Robbie farrah was on side on that last try then i swear on me mums grave that i will
    get a job!

    Commenter
    southstillIdie
    Location
    Botany
    Date and time
    March 21, 2014, 11:48PM
    • No, your soft forwards, inability of your halves and the need for the team to quit once Inglis left the field cost Souths the game.

      Commenter
      vitas
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 12:35PM
    • I think you may need urgent psychiatric evaluation! Your own coach admitted your mob were absolutely atrocious-no ball control, poor defence options etc etc. THAT is why you lost. And another thing your lot can lose are the serial head hunters in your team. How many times are your so called players allowed to attack Tedesco's head before the gutless witless "send everything upstairs" referees send them off!

      Commenter
      curaeus
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 3:16PM
    • I think you'll find he is joking.

      Commenter
      Tyler Fitzgerald
      Location
      Pratten Park
      Date and time
      March 24, 2014, 7:56AM
    • Do you want some cheese with your wine? 1971 is a long time ago.

      Commenter
      Anti Souths
      Location
      TigerTown
      Date and time
      March 24, 2014, 10:06AM
    • Haha. It's funny how all of last year you guys got all the penalties and piggy backs on your side and you're complaining now that this year you don't. Wake up and smell the roses, tigers were clearly the upper class team, burgess girls and the rest of your team have no discipline! The score doesn't even show how the game went, tigers were all over Souths and Souths couldn't handle it. Tigers had a lot of things go against them but still managed to win obviously because they are disciplined and calm unlike Souths. Great game tigers keep it up !!!!

      Commenter
      Tigerss
      Date and time
      March 25, 2014, 5:52PM
  • Last not was good, big hits, a bit of sorta biff a few push and shove but some big hits. Bring back the shoulder charge! But penalty or suspension anything above the head. The NRL needs more games like last night, hard and fast tough footy old school. I hope the NRL don't start penalising and sending off half the teams in the next few weeks coz souths V Tigers got a bit physical. Keep the game physical not soft, keep it tough not touch footy, coz that's what the fans want, rough and tough physical rugby league, then the fans will comeback in droves. If not, I don't fancy the chances of the NRL getting a $1 billion dollar TV deal again.

    Commenter
    Kevin
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    March 22, 2014, 1:22AM
    • Souths player kneed in the head. Wests player runs off laughing after being penalised. Not a problem for Potter, just 'sailing close to the wind'.
      Robbie Farrah putting the elbow into the head of a tackled player and then running and hiding behind his prop, 'sailing close to the wind'.
      First one a blatantly illegal send-off offence, the other? I hate to use the word c0w@rd, but what else can you say?.
      Funny how it's alright when we do it but an illegal act when they do.
      I really couldn't care about either of these teams, but I'm bloody sick of coaches coming out with lies and distortions to try and influence the judiciary.

      Commenter
      crazy eddie
      Date and time
      March 22, 2014, 1:57AM
      • No player was kneed in the head

        Commenter
        vitas
        Date and time
        March 22, 2014, 12:36PM
      • Jeez,

        South Sydney fans obviously have a hard time with reality.

        Have a look at the Bunnies completion rate. Anyone who thinks that a team can win a football game when they lose the ball in four out of every ten sets is a lunatic.

        Or a Rabbitohs fan.

        Commenter
        Pete75
        Location
        Perff
        Date and time
        March 23, 2014, 9:43PM

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