Benji Marshall, Tigers coach, has dismissed allegations that the team’s weak performance is due to flaws in the club’s administration. This comes after the team secured their second wooden spoon in a row.
This season has been riddled with controversies, from their highly criticised ANZAC jersey design to the hasty removal of Sheens from his head coaching position in 2024 – a season worth forgetting for the Tigers.
When confronted with the question of who’s to blame for the club’s 2023 wooden spoon, Marshall responded aggressively, “We are all culpable of the wooden spoons, everyone involved in it.” He said at his post-match presser, acknowledging that everyone, including himself and Justin Pascoe, plays a role in the team’s performance. “Improvement is a necessity at club level,” concluded Marshall.
The Tiger’s defence was easily breached by the Sea Eagles, leading Marshall to issue a stern warning to his squad – make changes, or risk winning the NRL‘s least sought-after honour for the third year running.
Marshall voiced his disappointment saying, “Prior to the game, we spoke about competing diligently for 80 minutes. We were off from the get-go.”
“Our entire game was dismantled… it was a let-down. We have standards we need to maintain,” added a disgruntled Marshall. “The last month we’ve done that, but today we didn’t rise to the occasion.”
“We must improve our performance and consistency on the ground to prevent another long year,” warned Marshall.