Loser Farah a winner over Ennis for State of Origin

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Loser Farah a winner over Ennis for State of Origin

Post by willow » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 9:54 am

Loser Farah a winner over Ennis for State of Origin
BRAD WALTER
April 17, 2010



Wests Tigers may not have won last night, but this may have been the game in which they proved themselves the real deal - and hooker Robbie Farah, too. In the battle of the NSW hooking rivals - Farah and Canterbury's Michael Ennis - the Tigers captain scored an impressive points win. That his team failed to get the points shouldn't worry Blues selectors - or Tigers coach Tim Sheens.

The Tigers were without their first-choice halfback Robert Lui, his replacement Tim Moltzen, and props Keith Galloway, Todd Payten and Jason Cayless, the match was a test of their premiership credentials.

As they lost rookie front-rower Alan Schirnack before kick off, forcing Sheens to call up Willie Mataka.

Add a 60 per cent possession flow to the Bulldogs and some tough calls from referees Jared Maxwell and Bernard Sutton, and the Tigers weren't entitled to be in the contest until six minutes from full-time.

Perhaps it is an indication of how poorly Canterbury are travelling at the moment that they struggled to put away a team who had tackled themselves to a standstill.

Late tries by Ennis and Brett Kimmorley against a tired defence inflated the scoreline in the dying minutes but until the 75th minute the Bulldogs led just 12-4.

Ennis finished with two tries, but Farah was the pick of the rakes and every time he ran the ball from dummy-half he lifted the tempo of the Tigers attack.

He also came up with a stunning 40/20 kick from dummy-half and was the creative force behind most of his side's attack.

On the first occasion the Tigers got down the Bulldogs end, Farah stood out of a scrum and after picking up the ball at halfback he toed through a long grubber for star five-eighth Benji Marshall to run onto.

Marshall overran the kick but appeared to be tackled without the ball by Canterbury winger Steve Turner. There was no penalty but Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten knocked on to give the Tigers a rare first-half attacking opportunity near the Canterbury try line.

It was just one of four tackles the Tigers had in their opponents' 20 metres area in the first half.

In comparison, the Bulldogs had 27 tackles inside the Tigers' 20 metres during the same period but, despite boasting 60 per cent of possession, their only first half try came in the 35th minute when Ennis scored from a Ben Roberts kick.

Ennis crossed again in the 74th minute off another kick, this time from Kimmorley.

The pair then reversed roles for Kimmorley to score three minutes from full-time to secure just the Bulldogs' second win of the season.

Asked afterwards about his rivalry with Farah, Ennis said: ''It's going to go on for the next 10 years. I can't control that but I certainly enjoyed tonight.''

However, it was clear how much it felt to him when he and Farah came together in back-play midway through the second half.

After engaging in a bit of push and shove, they exchanged words before play moved on and Lote Tuqiri ran 60 metres to score the Tigers' lone try, in the 59th minute.

As Marshall was lining up the conversion attempt, Maxwell called out Kimmorley and Ennis and said: ''He [Ennis] has been good all game. Don't let it get away from him now.''


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Post by smeghead » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 9:58 am

Suprising article

I assume this
As Marshall was lining up the conversion attempt, Maxwell called out Kimmorley and Ennis and said: ''He [Ennis] has been good all game. Don't let it get away from him now.''


Was in regard to his discipline and not his game as that would be very unprofessional
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Post by hybrid_tiger » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 9:59 am

From the Herald, that's why. I bet the Tele will say Ennis won.

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Post by steven_tiger » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 10:01 am

He's nailed every word in that article.
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Post by IronTiger » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 10:02 am

hybrid_tiger wrote:From the Herald, that's why. I bet the Tele will say Ennis won.
they do


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Post by Tigerdave » Sat 17 Apr, 2010 10:06 am

Good assessment

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Post by Tigerpete » Sun 18 Apr, 2010 12:33 pm

He hits the nail on the head for sure. Canterbury were average at best. Ennis the same, If the NSW selectors look at Ennis's game in the first half they won't see much. They had a lot of ball inside our 20 metre zone and Ennis showed zero creativity and very little braun.

Neither Farah or Ennis were great but Farah produced the more telling "hooker's" game.

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Post by angeman » Sun 18 Apr, 2010 1:00 pm

gus gould on the sunday roast says the difficulty in picking farah for SOO is the amount of prep needed to gel with his style (similar to elias)...

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Post by Paris Cobbs » Sun 18 Apr, 2010 8:10 pm

angeman wrote:gus gould on the sunday roast says the difficulty in picking farah for SOO is the amount of prep needed to gel with his style (similar to elias)...
Gus is correct in this - Robbie needs for other players t be aware of what he might do and anticipate it to some extent. All the more reason to pick Galloway and Gibbs at least for SOO as well! And Fulton on the bench!

This situation is the fault of the selectors - Robbie should have been on the bench in SOO since 2006. By now he would have some combination with other SOO forwards.

Good logical article from SMH.
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Post by smeghead » Sun 18 Apr, 2010 8:15 pm

Paris Cobbs wrote:
This situation is the fault of the selectors - Robbie should have been on the bench in SOO since 2006. By now he would have some combination with other SOO forwards.
Exactly right. But instead they continued with the Newcastle and Kurt Gidley circle jerk and got nowhere
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