Farah Needs To Show Leadership

Robbie Farah - West Tigers
Tigers Captain Robbie Farah needs to stand tall on Saturday night. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au

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Cowboys v Tigers


1300Smiles Stadium

Saturday August 9 – 7:35 PM (AEST)

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This could very well be the worst year in Robbie Farah’s stellar career and it isn't helping the Wests Tigers . After a week of bad publicity, the Tigers went out onto Campbelltown Stadium last Monday night obviously distracted. They may have scored the first try, but they never looked like troubling Storm’s defence. Johnathan Thurston would be salivating at that right now, given he and the North Queensland Cowboys  are back in the mix for the finals.

This might be the last roll of the dice for the Tigers. After such a promising start to the year, injuries and off-field turmoil have left the joint venture sitting 12th on the ladder. They have the best young roster in the game, but the cubs are a good few years off reaching their full potential. On Monday, they were missing direction in attack, something injured halfback Luke Brooks provides. Stand-in halfback Blake Austin did his best to steer the ship, but showed he is a better pivot than he is a halfback. With probably the best show-and-go in the game, Austin finished with 5 tackle breaks and 2 line breaks. Coach Mick Potter has again gone with the same 17 as last week, but with Bodene Thompson and Pat Richards likely to be ruled out through suspension and injury, expect a few changes.

After winning the inaugural Auckland Nines at the start of the year, the Cowboys looked set to take the NRL by storm. But when they hadn’t won an away game heading into their Round 19 clash against the Sharks, many thought they didn’t have a hope in the world at making the finals. But after winning three in a row, they are sitting in the Top 8, and beginning to build momentum. JT is again the man behind it all. Against the Titans last Saturday, he had a hand in every one of their tries. Leading the charge, he finished with three line break assists, four try assists and one four-pointer. Coach Paul Green has also stuck with the same 17 as last week, with John Asiata the 18th man.

These two teams have a history that goes back to the 2005 Grand Final. JT and Farah went head-to-head that night, and will do so again on Saturday. The Tigers may have come away with the goods that time, and won seven of their last nine against the Cows, but North Queensland are so hard to beat at home, having been successful in eight of their past nine in the tropics.

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