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Tigers survive last chance saloon

By Steve Jancetic 21/07/2008 09:16:48 AM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens conceded it was last chance saloon for a host of his players heading into Sunday's NRL win over South Sydney.

The Tigers hadn't won in over a month coming into the clash, their finals hopes teetering on the edge of oblivion after four straight losses.

But Sunday's comfortable 36-12 win over the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium resurrected their fading finals hopes and saved the axe from cutting a swathe through his side.

Asked what would have happened if it had been five straight losses, Sheens said: "There'd be a lot of under 20s playing first grade next week.

"You start thinking about experimenting.

"I'm not worried about the eight but if we lost another game it would have been five, six losses in a row, you'd have to start thinking about making some changes, very serious changes."

Personnel changes weren't the only things on Sheens' mind, with the veteran coach hinting that a return to the five-minute sin bin could be in order.

Sheens said he was stunned with referee Jason Robinson's decision to bin rookie fullback Tim Moltzen for a professional foul early in Sunday's game and claimed the ten minutes with one less player was too big a price to pay.

"In the context of the game, the score, they were no certainty to score a try, ten minutes is a very ordinary one," said Sheens.

"There's an element for the sin bin but maybe a five and a ten minute one.

"Ten minutes in the context of an 80-minute game is pretty savage depending on what you did wrong."

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