Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens isn’t buying into the hype surrounding his team’s ‘favourites’ tag.
But suggestions the Tigers are favourites for the 2012 NRL premiership were ridiculed by Sheens, who was quick to play down their chances.
“To start talk about being premiership favourites at this time of year is ludicrous,” said Sheens.
“I’m just happy to get through this trial match okay.
“I understand the media love to do it, the fans have to do it, the bookies have to do it, but all I am worried about is next week’s trial.
“We are long way away from being a favourite to win a premiership and so is everyone else.”
The Tigers play a final trial match against the Roosters at Campbelltown next weekend before kicking off their NRL campaign against Cronulla on Sunday March 4.
Sandow has been cleared of concussion after suffering a head knock.