After fitting in seamlessly at Wests Tigers over the past few weeks, new recruit Elijah Taylor says he’s ready for another challenge this week against the Sydney Roosters.
Taylor spoke on Tuesday as the entire NRL squad spent time at The Children’s Hospital in Westmead, reflecting on the opportunity to gain some perspective by visiting children in need, as well as the task ahead for his team this Sunday against the struggling Roosters.
"I feel like I’m slowly getting in the groove of how we play footy here," Taylor said.
"Defensively, we’ve got a lot still to work on as a team, but I felt that over the last two weeks and especially on Friday, we’ve made some massive steps forward as a team.
"It’s always going to be something that we need to continue to work on. We attack pretty well, but defensively, we just leak too many points, so if we’re going to do anything in the competition, we’ve got to fix our defence.
"The Roosters have got a big pack, so it starts in the forwards this week," he said.
"It’s up to us as a Wests Tigers pack to win the ruck battle and slow that speed.
"If we do that, we’re a real chance."
A father himself, Taylor said being at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead was a worthwhile experience this morning, and pleasing to see the entire squad present on the day.
"We tend to take things for granted a lot and this is a massive wake-up call," he said.
"As a Club, we’re going to try and help putting a smile on the kids’ faces. It’s a great iniatitve and all the boys are really keen to getting involved with the kids here today."