Coach Jason Taylor says pride needs to be restored in the Wests Tigers’ jersey after suffering a 54 point bashing and their sixth NRL loss in a row.
The joint venture managed just one try to the Raiders’ 11 in the 60-6 defeat on Saturday night at GIO Stadium, in a performance Taylor could only label as poor against an opposition that was too big and strong.
“We’re better than that,” he said.
“The only thing we can do now is respond.”
The Tigers’ past five losses this season were by 12 points or less, including last week’s narrow 19-18 defeat to Melbourne in golden point.
Taylor praised his men’s toughness after that match, but it was nowhere to be found in the nation’s capital.
“We’ve had it most weeks,” he said.
“We’re working really hard and the guys have fought hard and been on the wrong end of some scorelines consecutively on the back of, mostly, poor decision-making but absolutely no lack of effort.
“We’ve had the sort of effort that it takes to win every game we’ve played up until tonight.”
Things won’t get any easier, with the Tigers facing a similarly desperate South Sydney on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium.
Taylor admits it will be difficult to get the side back on track.
“It’s hard to back up physically in five days’ time but, mentally, we need to be better – that’s the big thing,” he said.
“We’ve got some guys who got knocked around in both these last two games, so we’ll have to see how we pull up.
“We’ll have a team out there that will be ready to represent the Wests Tigers’ jersey in the fashion that it should be represented because it wasn’t done in the fashion it should tonight.”
The Tigers lost Dene Halatau in the first minute with a thumb injury and a concussed Kevin Naiqama late in the match, while prop Tim Grant played with a hamstring/knee complaint.