Benji Marshall says furore over Wests Tigers playing pokies on eve of match is a ‘storm in a teacup’ – What We Know!

Injured five-eighth Adam Doueihi (pictured playing in 2022) didn

Wests Tigers star Adam Doueihi has given his facet a tongue-lashing after their embarrassing 26-4 loss to Newcastle on Sunday after it was revealed two of the staff’s finest gamers went to a pub to play poker machines the evening earlier than the match.

‘To go to Newcastle on the weekend and dish that up, it wasn’t adequate,’ the injured five-eighth mentioned of the terrible effort towards the Knights.

‘The shortage of effort [stood out for me] … that look of boys not placing it, it’s not an excellent look to have,’ he informed the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘We’ve performed towards two under-strength groups now, and we in all probability ought to have gained them each.’ 

Injured five-eighth Adam Doueihi (pictured enjoying in 2022) didn’t maintain again when he slammed his teammates’ dedication within the lopsided loss to the Knights final Sunday

In the meantime, Tigers legend Benji Marshall has slammed the furore over two of the staff’s star gamers enjoying poker machines the evening earlier than an NRL match, labelling it a ‘storm in a teacup.’

Whereas some sections of the media consider Daine Laurie and James Roberts playing in a Newcastle pub on Saturday evening was disrespectful to educate Michael Maguire, Marshall – a 2005 premiership winner with the joint-venture membership – had a unique take.

Talking on Fox Sports activities’ NRL 360, the retired nice mentioned the gamers have been ‘grown males who could make their very own choices’.

‘They’re not breaking the regulation, they’re not consuming alcohol, they have been residence by 10.30pm,’ Marshall mentioned.

‘Everybody’s routine is totally different. They’re entitled to do what they need to do earlier than a sport. The outrage has been uncontrolled and excessive. 

‘Some do the identical preparation all through their profession, win or lose, so if that’s the best way they do it the what’s the issue?’

Benji Marshall has called out the furore over two Wests Tigers players feeding poker machines the night before an NRL match, labelling it a 'storm in a teacup'

Benji Marshall has referred to as out the furore over two Wests Tigers gamers feeding poker machines the evening earlier than an NRL match, labelling it a ‘storm in a teacup’

Some sections of the media believe Daine Laurie (pictured) and James Roberts gambling in a Newcastle pub on Saturday night was disrespectful to coach Michael Maguire

Some sections of the media consider Daine Laurie (pictured) and James Roberts playing in a Newcastle pub on Saturday evening was disrespectful to educate Michael Maguire

On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers were flat from the outset and were outclassed 26-4 by the Knights, with James Roberts (pictured) suffering an early cork in a performance to forget

On Sunday afternoon, the Tigers have been flat from the outset and have been outclassed 26-4 by the Knights, with James Roberts (pictured) struggling an early cork in a efficiency to overlook

On Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium, the Tigers have been flat from the outset and have been utterly outclassed 26-4 by the Knights.

Ominously for Tigers followers, the house facet have been considerably down on troops, with key quartet Kalyn Ponga, David Klemmer, Daniel Saifiti and Jayden Brailey all sidelined.

It makes the Tigers’ spherical three conflict versus the New Zealand Warriors on Friday a should win encounter.

A 3rd successive defeat will heap much more stress on Maguire, who had already acquired the dreaded declaration of confidence from Tigers soccer chief Tim Sheens. 

Roberts, who is not any stranger to controversy, signed a cut-price, one-year deal within the low season to stay at Harmony after enjoying simply 11 matches in 2021.

The Tigers have been ready to chop him unfastened, however a noticeable shift in Roberts’ perspective at coaching noticed the membership give him a closing likelihood.

A NSW Origin participant in 2018, Roberts’ inconsistent type has seen the journeyman signify the Rabbitohs, Panthers, Titans, Broncos and Eels since 2011.

Quite a few alcohol-fuelled incidents have confirmed to be detrimental for Roberts, who endured a troubled upbringing and has admitted to ongoing psychological well being struggles.

He was homeless when he signed for the Panthers in 2013 and final July virtually induced the NRL competitors to be suspended after breaching quarantine protocols throughout the Covid participant bubble. 

Roberts, 28, was pictured soaking within the solar of his lodge balcony regardless of being informed to remain in his lodge room – with the photographs from the Novotel in Surfers Paradise infuriating Queensland Well being authorities on the time.

A fortnight earlier, the NRL had moved your complete competitors to Queensland within the midst of Sydney’s spiralling Covid outbreak.