Freestyler Moses sticks to structure
Raw Wests Tigers five-eighth Mitchell Moses admits he's been annoyed with coach Jason Taylor's attacking structure at times this season but has learnt patience off the back of his frustration.
Moses finally looked to have come to peace with the Tigers' game-plan against reigning premiers South Sydney last Friday where he set up a try and maintained chief kicking duties.
Usually one to try his luck when a chance presents itself, Moses proved against Souths he is the perfect foil for his fellow backs like James Tedesco to shine.
"I definitely was feeling a little bit frustrated at the start of the year and a bit low on confidence but the past couple of weeks I'm really enjoying the role I've been playing," Moses said.
"I'm a freestyle player. That's how I play footy and coming into the structure that JT has bought – now, I don't mind it. It's a good learning curve for me to play to a structure while also being given that freedom of play whenever I see something to take it up.
"It's just getting used to not touching the ball as much as I used to when I was in the juniors. I was definitely a play what you see player and if it doesn't work then it doesn't work. I have a lot more patience in my game at the moment."
Surprisingly however, Moses remained understanding as to why he and fellow half Luke Brooks are constantly hit off the ball when kicking.
With Brooks (108 kicks – 10th competition-wide) sitting just ahead of Moses (103 – 11th), the 20-year-olds remain unrattled.
Moses, despite having less kicks than Brooks has produced more kick metres than his teammate and remained unperturbed by the threats posed by Sea Eagles forwards Willie Mason, Luke Burgess and Dunamis Lui in Round 15's opening clash.
"I definitely feel like I have been taken out a lot more then what I normally do so if they want to keep hitting me late then they can. It's up to the refs to decide if it's late or dangerous or anything like that," Moses said.
"Maybe they're trying to take us out of the game a little bit there and shoot our confidence by trying to hit us late and probably teach us a lesson of not taking the ball to the line but it's not going to stop Luke and I doing that.
"We're going to keep doing the same and we have to keep taking those knocks so that's all a part of the job. It's understandable we cop it every week so it's nothing new."