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Tigers lose Brooks to hamstring injury

The Wests Tigers’ woes have been compounded by a hamstring injury to halfback Luke Brooks, who will miss the side’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra on Sunday.

Brooks left the field in the second half of the Tigers’ loss to Melbourne with the club on Monday confirming he will not pull up in time to be available to take on the Dragons.

“Brooks is undergoing treatment on the hamstring and will be unavailable for selection for this week’s game against the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium,” a club statement said.

It’s believed Brooks will miss several weeks, however the club did not divulge how serious the problem was.

It’s a blow for the joint venture who last week sacked coach Jason Taylor and are last with one win after four rounds.

Meanwhile forward Joel Edwards will be available to take on the Dragons despite suffering a head injury against the Storm at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Tigers lose Brooks to hamstring injury

The Wests Tigers’ woes have been compounded by a hamstring injury to halfback Luke Brooks, who will miss the side’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra on Sunday.

Brooks left the field in the second half of the Tigers’ loss to Melbourne with the club on Monday confirming he will not pull up in time to be available to take on the Dragons.

“Brooks is undergoing treatment on the hamstring and will be unavailable for selection for this week’s game against the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium,” a club statement said.

It’s believed Brooks will miss several weeks, however the club did not divulge how serious the problem was.

It’s a blow for the joint venture who last week sacked coach Jason Taylor and are last with one win after four rounds.

Meanwhile forward Joel Edwards will be available to take on the Dragons despite suffering a head injury against the Storm at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Tigers thrive on emotion but no NRL win

Emotion drove the Wests Tigers to their best start to an NRL game this season season, against Melbourne on Sunday, but it couldn’t return them to the winners’ list.

The Tigers showed serious signs of improvement, under interim coach Andrew Webster, in Sunday’s 22-14 loss to Melbourne, just six days after former mentor Jason Taylor was sacked.

They missed 19 less tackles and made 10 less errors compared to last week’s 40-point drubbing in Canberra, the same match that caused the upheaval.

But while emotion was able to spur them on for the first half, and to an early 14-0 lead, it couldn’t carry them through the full 80 minutes as they conceded 22 unanswered points.

Captain Aaron Woods was left to ponder how they can keep the motivation burning for next Sunday against St George Illawarra.

“It’s easy to get up for these sort of games,” Woods said.

“But it’s how we’re going to react for next week when it dies down a bit and we’ve just got to work hard for each other.”

The win left the Storm as just one of two undefeated clubs after the opening month, alongside the Sydney Roosters who beat rivals South Sydney 20-6 on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the mantle of the most under-pressure coach was passed on to Des Hasler after Manly’s 36-0 flogging of Canterbury on Saturday.

The win marked the Sea Eagles’ first win at Lottoland since last July, but was the Bulldogs’ seventh loss in eight games.

Hasler is off-contract at the end of the season, and pushing for a two-year extension at the club.

The Bulldogs have won just once, along with fellow top-eight expectants Canberra and the Gold Coast.

The Raiders were sunk by a Jordan Kahu field goal in their 13-12 loss to Brisbane on Friday night, while the Titans went down to North Queensland in a high-scoring 32-26 loss on Saturday.

Newcastle are also one from four after suffering their biggest loss of the campaign, 40-0 to a Penrith side that flexed their muscle.

Former Panthers hooker James Segeyaro then made his NRL return for Cronulla on Saturday, as the defending premiers knocked over Parramatta 20-6 at ANZ Stadium to leave both sides on four points.

Kieran Foran’s planned return didn’t go so well for the Warriors, the former Kiwi captain pulling out of the clash against St George Illawarra after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up.

The Dragons shot out to an early 18-0 lead, before winning 26-12 to move to third on the table.

Tigers thrive on emotion but no NRL win

Emotion drove the Wests Tigers to their best start to an NRL game this season season, against Melbourne on Sunday, but it couldn’t return them to the winners’ list.

The Tigers showed serious signs of improvement, under interim coach Andrew Webster, in Sunday’s 22-14 loss to Melbourne, just six days after former mentor Jason Taylor was sacked.

They missed 19 less tackles and made 10 less errors compared to last week’s 40-point drubbing in Canberra, the same match that caused the upheaval.

But while emotion was able to spur them on for the first half, and to an early 14-0 lead, it couldn’t carry them through the full 80 minutes as they conceded 22 unanswered points.

Captain Aaron Woods was left to ponder how they can keep the motivation burning for next Sunday against St George Illawarra.

“It’s easy to get up for these sort of games,” Woods said.

“But it’s how we’re going to react for next week when it dies down a bit and we’ve just got to work hard for each other.”

The win left the Storm as just one of two undefeated clubs after the opening month, alongside the Sydney Roosters who beat rivals South Sydney 20-6 on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the mantle of the most under-pressure coach was passed on to Des Hasler after Manly’s 36-0 flogging of Canterbury on Saturday.

The win marked the Sea Eagles’ first win at Lottoland since last July, but was the Bulldogs’ seventh loss in eight games.

Hasler is off-contract at the end of the season, and pushing for a two-year extension at the club.

The Bulldogs have won just once, along with fellow top-eight expectants Canberra and the Gold Coast.

The Raiders were sunk by a Jordan Kahu field goal in their 13-12 loss to Brisbane on Friday night, while the Titans went down to North Queensland in a high-scoring 32-26 loss on Saturday.

Newcastle are also one from four after suffering their biggest loss of the campaign, 40-0 to a Penrith side that flexed their muscle.

Former Panthers hooker James Segeyaro then made his NRL return for Cronulla on Saturday, as the defending premiers knocked over Parramatta 20-6 at ANZ Stadium to leave both sides on four points.

Kieran Foran’s planned return didn’t go so well for the Warriors, the former Kiwi captain pulling out of the clash against St George Illawarra after injuring his hamstring in the warm-up.

The Dragons shot out to an early 18-0 lead, before winning 26-12 to move to third on the table.

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Tigers great's ultimatum to Moses, Brooks

Tigers legend Steve Roach has challenged upstart halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks to prove their worth or walk away from the troubled NRL club.

Believing the club’s board made the right call to controversially sack coach Jason Taylor just three rounds into the 2017 season, Roach has swiftly written off the Tigers as finals contenders.

“They’re going to struggle. I mean, have a look at the personnel,” Roach told Fox Sports’ NRL 360 program.

“The new coach is going to come in there and he’s going to make a little bit of a difference but not enough to make them make the semi-finals.

"I’m a Tigers man, as you know, but I doubt whether they can make the eight.”

Now the enforcer known as Blocker has taken aim at Moses and Brooks, who are commanding $700,000 and $600,000 a season respectively despite having yet to even help the Tigers to the finals.

Roach doesn’t believe Moses and Brooks deserve the same status as skipper Aaron Woods and fellow NSW State of Origin incumbent James Tedesco, the other half of the Tigers’ so-called big four also off-contract at season’s end.

“These kids, the two halves I’m talking about, it’s not their fault they’re being called that. They don’t go around and tell everyone to call them the big four,” Roach said.

“They’re good young players but the big two, if they started talking about the big two, then I’d be on board with that.

"The other two (Moses and Brooks) have played some good footy. They haven’t played rep footy yet. They need to get teams to semi-finals.”

Roach delivered the young playmakers a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum as they continue to baulk at the Tigers’ offer, which was tabled last year.

“I’m putting a timeline (on it). Boys, you’ve got a deadline,” Roach said.

Former Blues hooker and 2016 premiership winner Michael Ennis said what Moses and Brooks were seeking was “ridiculous”.

“If you’re going to ask for representative money, you’ve got to play like a rep player and you’ve got to player like it week to week,” Ennis said.

“The last two weeks they haven’t.”

Player power wasn't behind Taylor axing

Influential skipper Aaron Woods says Jason Taylor’s sacking was a “massive shock” to the Wests Tigers and insists player power wasn’t behind the coach’s downfall.

“We honestly didn’t see that coming. We were at a recovery (session) and checked my Twitter feed - I was getting a massage - and it said JT had 24 hours left,” Woods told NRL 360 on Fox Sports.

“We had no idea.”

Along with fullback James Tedesco and halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks, Woods makes up the Tigers’ so-called “big four”, a term the NSW State of Origin prop made clear he was not fond of.

All four are off contract in 2018 and eager to know who will coach the Tigers beyond this season before re-committing to the club.

But Woods says none of the star quartet played a deliberate part in Taylor’s demise.

“We never sat down and talked about it at all,” the Blues enforcer said.

“I’m one of the four that’s off contract. We’ve got the same management. At the same time, I just got married in the off-season.

"So I’ve got to sit down with my management and my wife and we’re going to sort out what we’re going to do.

"It’s got nothing to do with the other three boys (but about) what’s best for me and my family.”

Woods wouldn’t reveal what he would have said to Tigers management had they consulted the captain before sacking Taylor.

“All I wanted to know was who the coach was going to be the year after (this year) and what direction did the club want to go in,” he maintained.

“It was nothing against JT. I got along with JT really well.

"He was the one that gave me my start as captain of the club and from there I’ve now been in the rep side consistently, so I can’t thank JT enough.”

While Tigers assistant Andrew Webster will fill a caretaker’s role, former Warriors and Penrith coach Ivan Cleary is tipped to be named as Taylor’s full-time successor in the coming days.

Woods said he barely knew Cleary and all he hoped for was “a bit of direction” for the embattled Tigers.

“Look, I’ve never had a football talk with Ivan. I don’t know what he’s like as a coach,” he said.

“At the moment, we don’t know what we’re doing. We’ve got an interim coach in at the moment.

"It’s hard for JT. He did all that work in the pre-season and now it’s gone so It sort of leaves us in the middle of nowhere, whereas Andrew’s got to pick up the slack.

"I’m a player and all I want to do is play. I’m the captain the of the club and I want to lead the boys each weekend.

"I want to let the coaches do the coaching and let the administrators do the administrative work.

"I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.”

Rugby league: Wests Tigers sack coach Taylor

Wests Tigers have sacked coach Jason Taylor just three games into the NRL season.

Taylor, who was appointed coach in 2015, had his contract terminated on Monday, a day after the Tigers were thrashed 46-6 by the Canberra Raiders.

Tigers assistant Andrew Webster takes on the role of interim head coach.

“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers I’d like to thank Jason for his commitment and contribution to the club during his time as head coach,” Tigers chairwoman Marina Go said.

“Jason has overseen significant change within the club over the past two seasons and we thank him for his efforts.

"Our position has always been to make sure that the head coach’s contract is tied to performance and that hasn’t changed.

"We are committed to building a side that will be in a position to win NRL premierships and believe that this decision is the correct one for the future of the club.

"This is a challenging time for the club and Jason and we ask that we are given time to work through this process with Jason.”

Taylor, previously coach of the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs, led the Tigers to just 20 wins from 51 matches.

With one win this season, the Tigers are bottom of the NRL ladder.

Rugby league: Wests Tigers sack coach Taylor

Wests Tigers have sacked coach Jason Taylor just three games into the NRL season.

Taylor, who was appointed coach in 2015, had his contract terminated on Monday, a day after the Tigers were thrashed 46-6 by the Canberra Raiders.

Tigers assistant Andrew Webster takes on the role of interim head coach.

“On behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers I’d like to thank Jason for his commitment and contribution to the club during his time as head coach,” Tigers chairwoman Marina Go said.

“Jason has overseen significant change within the club over the past two seasons and we thank him for his efforts.

"Our position has always been to make sure that the head coach’s contract is tied to performance and that hasn’t changed.

"We are committed to building a side that will be in a position to win NRL premierships and believe that this decision is the correct one for the future of the club.

"This is a challenging time for the club and Jason and we ask that we are given time to work through this process with Jason.”

Taylor, previously coach of the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs, led the Tigers to just 20 wins from 51 matches.

With one win this season, the Tigers are bottom of the NRL ladder.

Jason Taylor sacked by NRL's Wests Tigers

After two weeks ago denying Jason Taylor was on unsteady ground, the Wests Tigers have suddenly and unceremoniously sacked their coach just three games into the NRL season.

Back-to-back floggings at the hands of Penrith and Canberra proved the death knell for Taylor, who was axed following a board meeting on Monday.

Chief executive Justin Pascoe and chairwoman Marina Go were unapologetic in announcing the decision, saying their last two losses were unacceptable following a five-year absence from the finals.

Assistant Andrew Webster will take over as interim coach with former Warriors and Penrith coach Ivan Cleary and North Queensland assistant Todd Payten shaping as the favourites for the fulltime role.

“We’re not going to sit here and allow this organisation to drift again,” Pascoe said.

“And to miss out on finals, it’s been since 2011, we’re focussed and unapologetic that we’re going to make those decisions.”

It was just a fortnight ago that Pascoe said that Taylor’s position was not under threat but a 46-6 loss to the Raiders and 36-2 defeat to the Panthers led him to question whether the coach had lost the playing group.

“And those two games were performances that were unacceptable to this organisation,” Pascoe said.

“They showed to us that the improvement we had hoped for wasn’t there.”

Taylor was axed just three rounds into the new season despite missing the finals by just one competition point last year.

Pascoe denied the club was close to extending Taylor’s deal last year and he was told any contract negotiations would depend on the side’s performance this year.

Pascoe has previously worked with Cleary at the Panthers while Payten is a former Tigers under-20s coach.

The club’s “big four” of Aaron Woods, James Tedesco, Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses are understood to be big fans of Payten, after being mentored by him in the junior grades.

The club’s four stars have held off contract negotiations until the Tigers’ coaching position became clearer.

Taylor’s departure will leave a sizeable hole in the joint venture’s budget with the club forced to pay out the remainder of his contract.

They are also paying a portion of Robbie Farah’s and Curtis Sironen’s salaries despite the players having moved to South Sydney and Manly respectively this season.

It’s been speculated payouts to the trio could be costing the club upwards of $1 million this year but Go defended the club’s financial position.

“We’re actually improving off-field so we’re quite pleased with where we sit,” Go said.

“We don’t want to make any more decisions like that but this was a really important decision to make.”