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Tim Sheens challenges players, Wests Tigers vs Dragons, Round 21, press conference

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Tim Sheens has challenged his team to produce more consistency in their performance after they slumped to their seventh straight defeat in a 18-14 loss to the Dragons.

The Tigers had plenty of opportunities, but the loss to the second last Dragons means a second straight wooden spoon is theirs to lose with six rounds remaining.

Sheens was pressed on how he plans to motivate his players after such a dismal campaign in 2023.

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“They are professionals and I understand what you are saying about motivation, but by the end of every week they are ready to play,” Sheens said.

“There is ups and downs and media and so on around our club, but as Benji and I have said to the players, you are paid to play professional football and that’s what you have got to do.

“You can’t bring your home to work and you can’t take your work back home. You have got to learn to be able to do those things and keep focused on what you are doing at the moment.

“It’s their living and if they want to continue to make a decent living then they have got to do better than that.”

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Tim Sheens was disappointed with the referees.Source: FOX SPORTS

Sheens hasn’t been a fan of the referees at times in 2023 and he again felt his side was on the wrong end of some contentious calls against the Dragons.

“Five yardage penalties walked them down our end that didn’t help and half a dozen loose balls as well,” Sheens said.

“We didn’t help ourselves that way. We burned ourselves up. We didn’t have much ball on their goal line in that second half.

“It is somewhat our own fault, but I thought we were hard done by in a couple of decisions, but never the less we probably didn’t deserve to win it no.”

However, Sheens refused to blame the refereeing for his side’s failure to take their opportunities.

“These are the things that you go through in the cold light of day and I will look at them and we will go from there,” Sheens said.

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“But I think on the night we shot ourselves in the foot a number of times, which at the end of the day came back to bite us.

“I will wait to make comments on it tomorrow after I have a really good look at it.

“There was a couple there, but I’m not going to go whinging about that at the moment.”

Sheens conceded injuries to key players has hurt his side and believes the Tigers are in desperate need of Luke Brooks’ kicking game when he returns form injury.

“We were only a couple of points off tonight, but again our options and the kicking game,” Sheens lamented.

“The first half we put it into the fence two or three times and that is just not good enough.

“There is areas of our game we need to improve and that will be with some injured players coming back. Possibly Brooks next week or the week after and Staines will give us a bit more to choose from.

“But we could have won that game and it is our own fault.”

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