Farah renewed after 36-hour soul-search

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Farah renewed after 36-hour soul-search

Post by mikey » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 6:51 am

Farah renewed after 36-hour soul-search
DANIEL LANE
August 15, 2010

The shattered skipper . . . Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers.

The shattered skipper . . . Robbie Farah of the Wests Tigers. Photo: Getty Images

FOR THE 36 hours that followed the Wests Tigers' loss to an under-strength Souths outfit after golden-point extra time last Saturday night, skipper Robbie Farah was in a torturous No Man's – and No Mum or Dad – Land.

The Wests Tigers skipper admitted the 34-30 defeat – inflicted after the siren ended extra time, some 40 incredible minutes after the Tigers had established what appeared a comfortable 28-12 lead – crushed his professional pride.

Farah is a skipper who likes to lead by example, not words. His tried and tested remedy after such a let-down is to take solace in an enforced quiet. It means no phone calls, no catch-ups and no commiserations – two of his staunchest fans included.

“Both my parents understand the emotion involved in league now, and they know not to talk to me after a loss,” Farah told The Sun-Herald. “They also feel the hurt of a loss, so they let me be.

"When we win, they're over the moon, but they understand the other side of it now. The Souths match was tough . . . it was a game we had to win . . . but we fell into some old habits and paid a high price for [making] unforced errors. It was the same earlier in the year, when they beat us 50-10. Give a team like that a sniff and they'll make the most of it.

“It was a waste of time for anyone to try and talk to me [last weekend]. I turned my phone off for 36 hours; didn't want to talk to my missus or my family. It was upsetting to lose a game that way. Looking back, the one point from a draw would've been as good as a win because our for-and-against record isn't the best. One point would've been very helpful.”

Perhaps what added to the misery of such a defeat is the high expectation each Tigers roster has endured over the past four years to replicate the magic of 2005, when they zoomed from $80 longshots at the midway point of the season to finish premiers. They've failed to make a finals series since that victory over North Queensland.

“The pressure comes from within the group,” Farah said. “We know we've underachieved. Not making the semis in the last four years is not good enough, and as players we all understand that."

And that thought – the failure to live up to the expectations – may well have been what smouldered within Farah during his 36 hours of solace.

Though, as the late, great coach Jack Gibson maintained, "winning starts on Monday" and the Tigers No.9 insisted that upon arrival at the first training session after the Rabbitohs' defeat that he and his teammates locked onto their next mission – to beat a Penrith outfit who in their last match suffered a humiliating loss of their own after leading Canberra for most of the game.

“We're playing teams over the next few weeks that are on the same level on the ladder as us,” he said. “Penrith are on the same number of points as us; Parramatta need to win every game to stay in the race; points-wise Melbourne have nothing to play for but with Greg Inglis, Brett White, Brett Finch, [Jeff] Lima and those other guys leaving, they'll want to give them an emotional send-off. Well, if I was playing there, that's how I'd feel.

"In the last round, we have the Gold Coast up there. It's a tough run but there are never any easy games in the NRL; never is.”

So beating Penrith at Campbelltown today is the immediate challenge, and Farah was braced for a bone-on-bone contest.

“I'm expecting a very tough grind in the middle,” he said. “Both teams will be extremely intense and very desperate, as you should be when there's a lot riding on a game. It'll be a real battle because teams are now starting to prepare themselves for semi-final footy, you have to prepare and play that way.”

The Tigers past two games, an unconvincing victory over the Sharks of which Farah said made singing the team's victory song feel “hollow”, and the Souths loss, have applied acid on an outfit many believe have the skill and cattle to win the title. Although, Farah points out, the team's mettle was tested in round 10 when the Rabbitohs KO'd them 50-10 at the SCG.

“Last year was a pretty tough year,” he said. “This year we've been a lot more consistent, though we had our issue early in the season after that Souths game. I think as a group we responded really well to what happened that afternoon because we bounced back from that day . . . we could've quite easily have reacted the other way and allowed it to affect us, but we stuck together as a group and even though we had a hiccup against Souths, our season is still in good shape.”

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As I said in another couple of threads I don't know why the team/ players have to go public with this sort of stuff. It's just providing ammunition for the opposition. Penrith are in a similiar situation and you don't see them in the paper.

Show your grit and determination on th field not in the paper.


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Post by westTAHger » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 8:12 am

As I said in another couple of threads I don't know why the team/ players have to go public with this sort of stuff. It's just providing ammunition for the opposition. Penrith are in a similiar situation and you don't see them in the paper.

Show your grit and determination on th field not in the paper.[/quote]

if the players feel crap, then how do they think the people who watched the game feel. :oops: :evil:
I agree. on field action is what counts, not talking to the media.
let good performances and winning the game do the talking. :pray: .
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now or never wests-tigers.
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 8:21 am

Probably more Tigers stories as its our home game.
But there is stories on Penrith too

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I cant see the ammo for the opposition however.

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Post by TIGER » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 1:06 pm

That story tells me that we are feeling the pressure and the fear of failure is playing on our mind heavily, and it's showing in our performances especially the last month.

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Post by glebe_tiger » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 5:12 pm

After todays effort maybe the tigers should go to Kiama before every game.


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Post by mikey » Sun 15 Aug, 2010 7:04 pm

Yep but I would still prefer they just did it on the field instead of havign to spew their guts ot every journo in the world. I must admit I thought we would lose today. A great win especially aftet the chockie soldiers got a meat pie in the first few minutes.

Come on boys keep it going!

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