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Tuqiri confident Tigers can roar

By Ian McCullough 07/09/2010 02:23:49 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri is convinced the joint venture have the players and the coaching staff to repeat their 2005 NRL premiership success.

Tuqiri, along with Benji Marshall and captain Robbie Farah, has been ever present this season, marking a successful return to league following his eight-year stint in rugby.

And the 31-year-old former dual international believes his decision to join the Tigers has been vindicated, with the club finishing third on the ladder and reaching the finals for the first time in five years.

"I came here to play and be successful and I think we have done that and I guess this season proves the boys can go a long way," Tuqiri said.

"I could see the potential in this team when I joined and the guys have shown that.

"I have scored a few tries, stayed injury free and played some enjoyable footy."

The Tigers face Sydney Roosters on Saturday at the Sydney Football Stadium in a mouth-watering encounter that is expected to be watched by a sell-out crowd of over 40,000.

Brian Smith's men have won both encounters between the two teams this year and although Tuqiri is wary of the threat of Roosters playmakers Todd Carney and Mitchell Pearce, he believes the Tigers are good enough to win.

"They have beaten us twice this year and they have in Pearce and Carney two guys that lead them around the pitch well, but finals footy is completely different," he said.

"There is a good mix between young and old here and we are quite strong. There is a lot of traits here of a side that can go a long way and there is positive feeling about the place."

Tuqiri also believes the experience of veteran coach Tim Sheens, who has won four premierships, will be crucial to the side.

"Having a coach with as many premierships he has won is great for us, he knows what to do this time of the year and along with all the coaching staff.

"It is just a case of going over what and what not to do, we had a good meeting yesterday and everyone around the place is feeling good and looking forward to Saturday."

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