The former Eels player and coach sat down with Roosters.com.au today to discuss the Easter Monday clash against the Eels, with Taylor complimentary of the new-found enthusiasm in the blue and gold.
I think theyve been very spirited in the way they play. Its been the way theyve played all of their games this year and I thought they were extremely enthusiastic in defence in their first two games, he said.
Having coached a handful of the current names in Ricky Stuarts squad, Taylor knows the ones to keep an eye out for when they arrive at Allianz on April Fools Day.
Theyve got some great individual players, including guys like Jarryd Hayne, Chris Sandow, Jacob Loko and Fui-Fui Moi-Moi and Tim Mannah in the forwards.
Haynes received a bit of criticism this week, which isnt good for us as hell be looking to respond. Sandow is another one who is extremely talented and hes playing some of the best footy weve ever seen from him, particularly over the last couple of weeks. Theyve got some strong outside backs as well, with a guy like Loko who actually leads the competition in tackle busts after three Rounds.
When asked how to beat Stuart, Hayne and the Eels next week, Taylor responded, we see them as a team who are really strong on the back of those individuals playing well, which is why well need to contain those guys.
Theyve been really energetic and enthusiastic, trying to force the errors out of the sides theyve played so far. Theres times that that will happen to us this week, so we need to ensure that we stay composed if it does.
Stuart has obviously already put his stamp on the western Sydney side, with them portraying similarities to the former Australian halfbacks own game plan as a player with the Raiders. Something Taylor and the Roosters coaching staff have noticed.
They kick the ball very early in the tackle count and have had really good success out of that. They spend no time in their own half and other teams have done what theyve wanted them to do, which is make mistakes. We need to ensure we control that area of our game.
With another solid crowd turning out last weekend for our gutsy win over the Broncos, following on from the two biggest crowds so far across the competition in 2013 in Round 1 against the Bunnies and then Warriors at Eden Park, Taylor was also quick to point out how much it meant to have so many people behind the side and in the stands.
Its everything. It creates the atmosphere and its why you want to play at this level.
Its a special atmosphere when the fans turn up and itd be great to see them all turn out for the boys again, next Monday night.
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