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Taylor custodian of the Tigers

  • Taylor custodian of the Tigers

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Tigers coach Jason Taylor watches his players warm up during the round 11 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

On a wet winter's morning in Sydney, Jason Taylor fielded kick after kick from his Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks.

On Wednesday coach Taylor played the role of opposition fullback as Brooks booted bombs at the Tigers' Concord Oval base.

Even after every other Tigers players had hit the showers, Taylor and Brooks worked on the young halfback's craft.

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In front of the ageing grandstand on the north western side of the ground that witnessed the latter stages of the 1987 Rugby World Cup, Taylor's mud-splattered figure looked little different from the one that retired after an impressive 276-game NRL career in 2001.

The coach counselled his No.7 on the inconsistent kicking game Taylor is attempting to master.

As one of his assistants played the role of dummy half, which Robbie Farah might never play again for the club he won the 2005 premiership with, Taylor caught kicks within metres of the tryline.

Coach and player then practised defensive pressure, rushing from 10 metres away at the sodden playmaker, honing his short kicking game.

Despite the downpour the training session continued, Taylor moving within inches of Brooks as he deftly rolled grubber kicks into the ingoal.

In a divisive, Taylor has told Farah he isn't part of his plans for Sunday's clash with the Dragons, chiefly because Brooks is viewed as the future of the club.

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