After round 5, the Wooden Spoon goes to…

11 Apr 22, 6:32PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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At the moment there is one thing that the Wests Tigers can’t be criticised for and that is consistency as they have consistently remained the top contender for the wooden spoon in 2022 since the second round of the season.

They are still seeking an elusive first win of the year and did not show many signs of improvement in their most recent clash against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at PointsBet Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

One area they did improve on last week specifically was their discipline as they conceded just five penalties throughout the game, eight less than the 13 they gave away against the Titans.

However, they still were poor on both sides of the ball making 15 errors and missing 43 tackles against the Sharks which allowed Craig Fitzgibbon’s side to run away with the game and win 30-4.

The defeat means the Tigers have officially had their worst start to a season in club history which was highlighted by the Fox League commentary team.

Lead commentator Andrew Voss spoke about the impact this result will have on Michael Maguire and that he does not know where the premiership-winning coach will go from here.

“You are lost for words for where the bottom of the barrel will be for the Tigers, now not only do they not win, they have stopped scoring points,” Voss said.

“But that man Michael Maguire, he will not sleep, he works hard, he’ll be up again at 4 am tomorrow morning, he’ll train, watch the video, he’ll be ready to go at the start of the week.

“But I don’t know what he says.”

No matter what Maguire does say to his side there is no denying that their next two games will be perilous affairs as the Tigers take on the Parramatta Eels who have not lost a game since round two in the annual Easter Monday clash, before facing the 2021 runners up the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Tigers will certainly not be the favourites to win either of these games and if that comes to fruition then the Tigers will have started the season 0-7, something we have not seen in the NRL since the 2006 Rabbitohs started the season 0-12.

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