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Next Game: The Season has finished
How interim Wests Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley plans to bring fun back to footy for battling joint venture
15 Jun 2022
Interim coach Brett Kimmorley wants to be a breath of fresh air at the Tigers as he looks to turn around the side's dismal start to 2022.

Brett Kimmorley certainly has his work cut out for him as interim coach of the lacklustre Wests Tigers.

His new side are 13th on the ladder with 10 losses and three wins for 2022, and they cratered badly enough in recent weeks to cost Michael Maguire his job.

Over four seasons, Maguire's old-school, crack-the-whip, tough-love approach didn't help break the club's lengthy finals drought. Rather, results and morale at the club seemed to deteriorate even further.

In Kimmorley's 12-week audition as interim coach, he will bring a softer, more rewarding and supportive style of coaching to address the club's woes.

"My first job is being a dad to four daughters, so that's the approach I want to take into my coaching life. You become a person players can talk to and trust," Brett Kimmorley told ABC Sport.

"I want to be there for them when we are all hurting, let them know ... we all have to get through this difficult time together, and enjoy the good rewards that come, too."

While the locker room may have been an intimidating, even punishing place under Maguire, Kimmorley wants to bring back the fun.

"I'd like to think I am a decent person and this game should be enjoyable – when you go to work you want to enjoy doing it, if you don't like it you don't put the effort in," Kimmorley said.

"I will be firm and focused on being skilful, whilst having fun and caring about the people."

It won't all be sunshine and roses – Kimmorley wants to reward hard work and motivate his players to drive themselves.

Those that don't reach those standards might find themselves out of a job.

"I think working hard is very important – all the success I had as a player was through hard work and being extremely tough on yourself and how you prepare for a game," Kimmorley said.

"It's about getting people who are 100 per cent committed to play for the Wests Tigers, wanting a future here, we have to trust and believe in what we are doing rather than finding the easy way out."

His positivity extends to Brent Naden's lengthy suspension for his lifting tackle on Manly's Jake Trbojevic over the weekend.

"The big thing I am trying to say to players is that we can't control everything," Kimmorley said.

"Brent's been suspended, it's part of life. Someone else will get the opportunity to train hard and show what you can do. Good luck to you and let's rip in on Sunday afternoon against the Bulldogs."

Wests haven't won a second half all season, which again rang true in Kimmorley's first game in charge. After trailing 6-4 at the break, the Tigers conceded four unanswered tries in the second stanza.

Addressing these second-half collapses is one of Kimmorley's first priorities.

"I'll be continually trying to coach them under pressure and fatigue at training so they can do that for longer periods in the game. We have to work out how we can play for 80 minutes," Kimmorley said.

"It's hard to teach resilience or how to handle adversity, especially when fatigued — it's something we have to practise, practise, practise.

"In rugby league when you get caught taking a rest it burns you big – this has happened most games this year – we have to address how that's happened."

The former New South Wales, Kangaroos representative has always aspired to be a coach and isn't taking the opportunity lightly.

This is an opportunity he's been building towards for years.

"This is something I have wanted since I was playing, being halfback and steering the side around I was given more detail about the game plan from coaches about why we are going to do things, when asked (to coach) it was something I certainly jumped at," Kimmorley said.

"I love the game, it's given me everything on and off the field. It's a huge challenge for myself, but I am extremely honoured. It's a massive achievement.

"I went to the Canberra Raiders as an NRL defensive coach so I know how that works. I've been a halves coach at Canterbury when Des Hasler was there – I learnt a lot from Des about how to run an organisation, then I coached my own team (head coach of the Tigers' under-20).

"I've been part of the Tigers pathway system for the last 12 months so I understand better than most people outside the football club how many good things are happening for long-term success."

While Kimmorley acknowledges top-line success could be a long way off, he's sure the club's long-suffering fans will have plenty to cheer for eventually.

It could begin as soon as this weekend when the club takes on the 15th-placed Bulldogs, who are coming off a shock win over Parramatta on Monday but have struggled for consistency all season.

"We are not going to be successful or a top-four team straight away, short-term fixes aren't going to change anything. We have to be patient, unfortunately, as a Wests Tigers fan, but there are good things coming," Kimmorley said.

"I'd like to think that we've gone through the darkest days in this short-term, but there's still lots to improve on."

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Last Game: The Wests Tigers lost against the Brisbane Broncos 6 - 38 at Leichhardt Oval, Australia (6996 days ago)  game results here
 Wests Tigers Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 9 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 43 
 Total Goals: 29 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 474 
 Total Points Against: 746 
 Leagues the Wests Tigers are in
2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Ahmad Bajouri, Ben Galea, Ben Jefferies, Chris Paterson, Corey Pearson, Darren Senter, Hassan Saleh, Joel Caine, John Skandalis, John Wilson, Kevin McGuinness, Lincoln Withers, Luke O'Donnell, Mark O'Neill, Robert Mears, Stephen Trindall, Terry Hill, Troy Wozniak, Willie Manu,

 Players in 2001
Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Black, Ciriaco Mescia, Craig Field, Jackson Kafusi, Jason Lowrie, John Carlaw, John Hopoate, John Simon, Lee Murphy, Lipina Kaufusi, Luke Isakka, Lupina Kaufusi, Mark O hallaran, Mark O'halloran, Matt Seers, Nick Bradley-qalilawa, Owen Craigie, Shane Walker, Steve Crouch, Steven Crouch, Trent Robinson, Trent Runciman, Tyran Smith, Warren Carney,

 Players in 2000
Cherry Mescia, Jason Lowrie, Ken McGuinness, Steve Georgallis,
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Last Results

Sunday, 4 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Wests Tigers 6


Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Newcastle 34
Wests Tigers 6


Saturday, 19 Apr, 2003
Parramatta 28
Wests Tigers 8


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
South Sydney 32
Wests Tigers 22


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Wests Tigers 38
Eagles 12


Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
Canterbury 38
Wests Tigers 6


Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Canberra 15
Wests Tigers 8


Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Wests Tigers 24
St George 20


Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Warriors 28
Wests Tigers 12


Saturday, 31 Aug, 2002
Parramatta 36
Wests Tigers 24


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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