October 14, 2021
Fiji Bati and Saint George Illawarra Dragons forward Tariq Sims says 2021 has been a roller coaster ride for him in this NRL season.
Sims said COVID-19 pandemic failed most of their plans this season but is aware the side will make a strong start next year.
The 31-year-old finished the season captaining the side with four tries in 24 matches considering two bans and missed a couple of matches due to minor injuries.
“We started off pretty well and then the state of origin period hit. Unfortunately after that we had incidents and COVID-19 came, everyone had to shift up more. There’s some good things to look at and there’s something we need to improve on.”
“Captaining the club was a huge achievement, one that I didn’t really say coming out to be brilliant. It’s not something that you are asking for or doing but you are representing your team, your families and the jersey you have pulled on,” he told Dragons media.
“I will wait for the coach to call me up and let me know that I was leading the boys out while I was standing as a skipper. It was a really proud moment-one that I will always cherish.”
“Being involved in the origins is always a big thing. It has been a really good achievement. I always wanted to play to get one origin but to play in all three of them you know was a whole lot for me for sure.”
“The skeletons of our squad really started to take shape. For a couple of boys it was their first pre-season this year. They were not meant to be getting a look this year but some things happened and they performed the way they perform. We started to see their glimpse at the back of the year and it was really exciting,” he explained.
He added the Dragons will return to its training field and begin their pre-season start up ahead of December.
By Romeka Romena