The Tigers need Robbie Farah's leadership on Saturday night. Image courtesy of:Source: Gregg Porteous / News Limited
Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers
Saturday May 17 – 5:35 PM (AEST)
He is the most important cog in the machine that is the Wests Tigers . Inspirational skipper Robbie Farah returns on Saturday night for the Round 10 match-up against the Cronulla Sharks . With the Tigers lacking direction, the experience and class Farah brings will help put their season back on track. The Sharks also need some of direction. Following a start to the season which resembles the Sharks of old, the men from the Shire need to find something before it’s too late.
Luke Brooks is a future star - no doubt about it. But his inexperience has surfaced over the last few rounds. With Farah injured, the 19-year-old didn’t have the leadership his leader provides. The start of the season, bar a couple of uncharacteristic performances, was a dream for the Tigers. Brooks, Farah, Braith Anasta and James Tedesco were starting meld together. Then injuries started to take their toll. First it was Tedesco, then Farah, then Anasta. Suddenly, Brooks had all this pressure thrown onto his young shoulders, and the Tigers suffered as a result. Anasta returns to five-eighth, pushing Blake Austin to the bench. Corey Paterson starts in the back row, with Suauso Sue added to the bench.
Cronulla hs simply lost whatever spark it had last year. The return of Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen has helped, but the Sharkies have to cut out ugly performance such as the one against the Eels on Monday night. The tough times may continue for the Sharkies, especially with the ASADA investigation moving to another stage. But the imminent return of Todd Carney may just be the shining light the Sharks need to resurrect their season. Bryce Gibbs and Sam Tagatese return to the starting side, replacing Andrew Fifita (ankle) and Siosaia Vave. David Fifita, Michael Lichaa and Jonathan Wright make up the rest of a 20-man squad.
With both teams coming off a loss, it's a game about restoring pride. But the return of both Farah and Anasta should be too much for the home side to handle. Expect the Tigers to roar.
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