Alex Twal taking pride in big motor


“If I can work hard for my teammates every minute that I am there, I will look to do that.

“If the team benefits from that, that’s the best thing about it.”

Twal’s big carries are just as impressive as his ability to play big minutes.

He puts the Tigers on his back when they desperately need a big run and he is no longer flying under the radar.

[Fitness] is my point of differentiation and I just try to do that to the best of my ability.

Alex Twal

The 22-year-old worked with NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler when playing for Lebanon at the 2017 World Cup and Fittler has since earmarked Twal as a bolter for Origin honours.

“I don’t look too much into that. I just want to do a job here for my team at the Tigers,” Twal said.

“My job is to win games for the Tigers and put in a good performance week in, week out.

“Good things come off wins and positive vibes. I will just keep building with my teammates. That’s my priority. What goes on here is the most important thing.”

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Maguire, who has built his reputation as an authoritarian, and Fittler, who is more relaxed, may go about their business in very differently but Twal believes they both bring out the best in their players.

“[Fittler] is a really good coach. He obviously has a really good relationship with the players that he brings into these camps and stuff like that, so I can’t speak highly enough of him,” Twal said.

“In the Lebanon camp I got on with him quite well and he is a really good coach.

“Like Madge, they are very much alike in that they get their players to play for them.”

Twal won’t have to worry about Origin if the Tigers continue to play like they did against Parramatta.

Maguire made his team watch the tape of the 51-6 loss first thing on Wednesday morning and all eyes are now on a Titans team in great form heading into their clash in Tamworth on Saturday.

“Up until the weekend we were building nicely,” Twal said.

“We take the bad from the weekend but we will try not to look back on that. We will build again and keep moving forward.”

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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