Tepend: We know the spotlight is on us

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: BY FRANKIY KAPIN Freelance reporter WE know the spotlight is on us and the focus is drawn to us as the season kicks off so we can’t be too complacent given outcomes of last season and recent outings, says Lae Snax Tigers head coach Stanley Tepend. He made the remarks after the PNG National Rugby League Competition round one of season 2020 got underway in Lae yesterday. “But we can be just as sure of ourselves to work extra harder,” Tepend said. Tigers who stuck to their game plan outplayed Waghi Tumbes piling on six tries to Tumbes two in each half for the 28-8 victory opening double header match. Tigers six tries came courtesy of Joel Joshua, Roderick Tai (two), John Andy, Edwin Ipape and vice captain Tiger Emere. Tepend said every year the Snax Tigers try to keep all aspects of their game the same knowing that they can’t be too comfortable. Tepend said by setting the benchmark high on the team itself drives the success of the Snax Tigers to bring out the competitiveness from its rivals. “We can’t deny the fact that every team is focused on us and that’s good but we just have to be focused on ourselves keeping our standards continuously high. “Each year everyone starts on ground zero and it doesn’t mean we are champions from the previous seasons puts us ahead of everyone but sets a bigger target on us for everyone to hit the target,” Tepend said. He said for the Tigers their first priority is getting the team ready and ticking all boxes in lead-up preparations. “We know all teams are better and smarter with a new season and changes in new coaches, players and standing out is inclusion of SP Hunters and former Kumuls as well overseas players but it brings a positivity in the knowledge of the game to be better,” Tepend said. He said his side will not be worried about who the other teams and the players are but key for the Tigers and being a benchmark team is just to make sure their preparations meet targets they have set on themselves. “We can’t talk much about the other franchises but more so emphasise on ourselves and that’s what we can control when the game starts,” the three-time premiership winning coach, said.last_img

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