Tigers' pack topping the table

• Eden Tigers reserve grade playing-coach Alan Aldridge fires off a pass under pressure from two Cooma Stallions.
• Eden Tigers reserve grade playing-coach Alan Aldridge fires off a pass under pressure from two Cooma Stallions.

The Eden Tigers reserve grade outfit has leapt to the top of the table this week.

On the back of consistent play and clever tactics, the Tigers had six wins in a row, and a draw with the Cooma Stallions on Sunday. 

Playing-coach Alan Aldridge said the squad’s enthusiasm played a vital role in its recent success. 

“The biggest factor has been the enthusiasm on the field and the communication between each other,” Aldridge said. 

Training sessions have focused on the squad’s defence, while the attacking raids are blindingly fast. 

“We concentrate on solid defence and really good, fast attack.”

Cooma has a big forward line-up and Aldridge said his squad used their speed to counter the front-rowers.

“They had a pretty big forward pack and we knew they were going to be strong in the middle. 

“So we tried to hit them on the outside and on the fringe of the ruck,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the squad as a whole is continually developing and working together. 

“Everyone keeps putting their hand up, and they have a really good go when they get on the field,” Aldridge said. 

“It’s a really good team effort.”

The Moruya Sharks are second on the ladder, behind the Tigers by just one point. 

“We have to take them on, up there [Moruya] in two weeks, and it will be a hard task, but hopefully we’ll come away with the two points. 

This weekend, the Tigers reserves will play the Narooma Devils, but Aldridge said it will be no small task.

“It is not going to be an easy game, no game will be easy. 

“However, we will use this game to work on our structures and defensive tactics.”

Despite the challenge, Aldridge is confident his team has what it takes to win on Sunday and puts emphasis on the squad’s versatility. 

“With our enthusiasm, aggression in defence and our quick forwards, our team stands out in a way.

“We’re faster than most of the bigger packs and we can get around them.”

The team can also go the long haul, with impeccable fitness. 

“The boys can do the 70 minutes, our fitness is excellent,” Aldridge said. 

When asked if it was sessions at the gym getting everyone strong on the field, Aldridge said “no”. 

“We’ve been to the gym a couple of times, but it is more about everyone being at training and having a go.

“We’ve been going well, but I said to the boys there is still another half to go and we just need to take games one at a time.”

The support from the community has been flowing in for the Tigers, and it has the boys keen to do Eden proud. 

“There has been a lot of support from the community, they are happy to see us doing well,” Aldridge said. 

“[Come finals time] we hope to be up in the one or two spot to get a home semi-final. 

“Honestly I’d be happy to be in the top four, but we are gunning for those top spots,” he said. 

The Reserves will be joined against the Devils by the Tigerettes and the first grade squad on Sunday. 

Games kick-off at George Brown Memorial Oval from noon.