Sheens calls on Tigers defence to
come up trumps

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens expects his side's defensive effort in Sunday's National Rugby League semi-final against the Broncos to be at least the equal of their performance last weekend.

The Wests Tigers rebounded in the first week of the finals with a big win over the North Queensland Cowboys after suffering a loss to Penrith in the last match of the home and away season.

Sheens said he was not concerned about reports the Broncos would be looking to exploit defensive weaknesses in his team.

"Against the Cowboys we came forward and made the early tackles dominant and that gave us a chance to come forward on their key players ... we didn't do that against Penrith and again I refer to attitude."

Tigers full-back Brett Hodgson said defence would be the key to beating the Broncos.

"Defence is pretty much all we've been speaking about lately, it's not a matter of throwing the ball around, we're talking about controlling their key men and really improving our defence again this weekend," he said.