COLUMN: Wins take more than just a few good men

Aaron Woods during the NRL Round 21 match between Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Aaron Woods during the NRL Round 21 match between Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Wests Tigers biggest problem is not a lack of wins, or the fact that half of the players have barely hit puberty. (Bless his heart, Mitchell Moses has tried to grow a moustache all season and still he only has three whiskers.)

The biggest crisis the club faces is uncertainty.

When you look at the top sides like the Brisbane Broncos, Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys, there is little doubt about what players should line up in the side each week.

There is also little doubt that all 17 of those players named each week are of NRL quality.

Wests Tigers do not have that luxury.

James Tedesco, Tim Simona, Aaron Woods and Martin Taupau (when he's not suspended) should be the only certainties each week.

Injuries have wreaked havoc in the backs this year but next season there should be more stability.

With Pat Richards moving on, David Nofoaluma and Kevin Naiqama should be the preferred wingers while junior Kangaroo Marion Seve could finally be the answer to the club's right centre problems.

The up-and-down performances of young halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks will be forgiven this season but next year there will less margin for error.

If they fire, numbers one to seven look solid.

Aaron Woods needs a front row partner who can provide oomph.

Keith Galloway — who will depart at season's end — and company have been too inconsistent and have had little impact.

Though Ava Seumanufagai has taken his game to a new level in 2015.

Jack Buchanan is not the answer.

Hooker Manaia Cherrington needs more game time; Robbie Farah needs to focus on feeding, not starving, the halves of ball.

But the biggest problem is the second row.

Curtis Sironen has not lived up to the hype and players like Kyle Lovett and Brendan Santi have at best, been liabilities.

The forwards are meant to lay the foundation but unfortunately that has crumbled one too many times this year.

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