Farah, Marshall reunion not just a feel-good story

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Farah, Marshall reunion not just a feel-good story

Post by willow » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 6:39 pm

Farah, Marshall reunion not just a feel-good story
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Wed 11 Jul 2018, 11:25 AM

When Life Member Robbie Farah confirmed his return to Wests Tigers, there was no hiding his excitement to run out alongside Benji Marshall once again.

Having played their final game together in Round 26 of the 2013 season, the opportunity for the club's inaugural Life Members to link up was becoming more and more unlikely as the years wore on.

Both had changed clubs and by the time Wests Tigers had confirmed Marshall's return to Wests Tigers in 2018, Farah was seemingly locked in to a strong South Sydney squad that was gunning for a top-four finish.

A flurry of text messages prior to the June 30 deadline changed all that, and despite the former Kiwi international sitting on the sidelines with a calf injury, Marshall and Farah were incredibly close to playing together — in the colours they have each become synonymous with — once again.

At he reflected on his return, the 34-year-old Farah spoke of what it meant to be back alongside Marshall.

"Benji is such a big part of my attachment to this club and that never changed," Farah said.

"He moved on a few years ago: first to the Auckland Blues and then to the Dragons and Broncos, and our careers kind of went down separate paths. But to get back here and play together and have the opportunity to finish our careers together is a little bit poetic and I've got goosebumps just thinking about it.

"We grew up together and starting playing our careers together here and it'd be nice to finish together."

Just under five years after a night in Townsville more remembered for Matt Bowen's farewell than anything else, Farah and Marshall will once again run out on Sunday together as they take on the Dragons.

As Farah said, it's poetic — his 249th first-grade game for the club against the colours Marshall once wore.

A storyline 1,772 days in the making.

And yet, as poetic and special as it is, both Farah and Marshall know their reunion will count for little if it doesn't help Wests Tigers bounce back from a four-game losing streak to keep their finals hopes alive.

The pair know the stakes — particularly after a tough loss to the Gold Coast Titans prior to the bye — and with just eight weeks remaining in the regular season, wins are a must over the final third of the year.

"You know, the club didn't get me back because of the feel-good story," Farah told NRL.com.

"It's not just a publicity stunt.

"That gets lost in it all with everyone saying 'Robbie is back, it's a great story'.

"What will be an even better story is if we make the semis.

"They didn't get me back to sell a few tickets or make me feel better about myself. I'm here because they want to win and I want to help them win. By coming back and winning games and making the semis, maybe no one will remember those hard times, just a good ending."

Wests Tigers take on the Dragons this Sunday, July 15 with kickoff at 4:10pm AEST (Ch.9, FOX).


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Post by jadtiger » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 6:45 pm

It certainly wasnt Robbie who let the team down against the raiders.Both he and Benji may only have a handful of games left at the club but i have no doubt they will give it everything

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Post by Chicken Faced Killa » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 9:08 pm

matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
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Just wait a couple of weeks when they have a joint press conference to announce their retirements.

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Post by cktiger » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm

cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:05 pm
matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
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You carry on like he writes the stories.

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Post by matchball » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:30 pm

cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:05 pm
matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
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You carry on like he writes the stories.
He gets Ayoub with his sychophant journalists sniffing around for a hit piece.
So many Robbie Farah redemption articles you would think rugby league is an individual sport.


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Post by cktiger » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:43 pm

matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:30 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:05 pm
matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
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You carry on like he writes the stories.
He gets Ayoub with his sychophant journalists sniffing around for a hit piece.
So many Robbie Farah redemption articles you would think rugby league is an individual sport.
Think you can take off the tinfoil hat now.... that’s not how it works.

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Post by Needaname » Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:48 pm

matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:30 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:05 pm
matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
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You carry on like he writes the stories.
He gets Ayoub with his sychophant journalists sniffing around for a hit piece.
So many Robbie Farah redemption articles you would think rugby league is an individual sport.
Hey!
Quit with knocking the feel good stories.
Without them what about the tigers would we be able to feel good about?

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Post by Balmain Boy » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 10:43 am

Don't want to see either of them in the press until the end of the season. It's almost like we only have 2 players at our club these days.

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Post by oldprop » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 10:55 am

matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 11:30 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:06 pm
cktiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 10:05 pm
matchball wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 8:09 pm
*Deleted by mods*.
You carry on like he writes the stories.
He gets Ayoub with his sychophant journalists sniffing around for a hit piece.
So many Robbie Farah redemption articles you would think rugby league is an individual sport.
I think this article is from the WTs website.
Need more props.

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Post by gallagher » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 10:57 am

Just a feel good story to take our attention away from reality.

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Post by Demps » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 11:08 am

Anyone who says it hasn't been an absolute pleasure watching Farah and Benjis careers.... Whats wrong with u?

These guys are legends.
Premiership winners!

Tigers for life.
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Post by matchball » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 11:55 am

Demps wrote:
Thu 12 Jul, 2018 11:08 am
Anyone who says it hasn't been an absolute pleasure watching Farah and Benjis careers.... Whats wrong with u?

These guys are legends.
Premiership winners!

Tigers for life.
I find it weird that these two players is all we have left of 2005.
We seem to want to cling onto that achievement at all costs even if it means bringing back hasbeens.

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Post by tigeress » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 12:17 pm

jadtiger wrote:
Wed 11 Jul, 2018 6:45 pm
It certainly wasnt Robbie who let the team down against the raiders.Both he and Benji may only have a handful of games left at the club but i have no doubt they will give it everything
Yes they will :master:

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Post by happy tiger » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 12:54 pm

matchball wrote:
Thu 12 Jul, 2018 11:55 am
Demps wrote:
Thu 12 Jul, 2018 11:08 am
Anyone who says it hasn't been an absolute pleasure watching Farah and Benjis careers.... Whats wrong with u?

These guys are legends.
Premiership winners!

Tigers for life.
I find it weird that these two players is all we have left of 2005.
We seem to want to cling onto that achievement at all costs even if it means bringing back hasbeens.
Exactly

Don't want the fans to see what has happened since

Basically jack diddly squat

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Post by innsaneink » Thu 12 Jul, 2018 1:03 pm

Ayoub and Weidler are tight and we're in business together... Ayoub has many conta T's in the media anyone saying other wise is very naive.
The Sitaleki Akoula debacle was shameful

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Post by Harvey » Fri 13 Jul, 2018 4:22 pm

We should have cryogenically frozen them in 2012 and brought them back when we had a decent supporting cast and the last couple of years of their contracts represented reasonable value

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Post by Eddie » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 10:38 pm

Can we really be relying on the Grub and Liddle to get fit in 2019? Would be a real gamble based on their last 2 years of football.

Suppose it depends what the club/Ivan can do firstly salary cap wise and then the players themselves want to do. I know Benji and Robbie are old blokes now but there proving this year there not hopeless. They might want to retire, I sense Benji might. I reckon Farah might want to go around again but I could be wrong.

Interested to see what people think.

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Post by Madge » Sun 15 Jul, 2018 10:51 pm

I Feel like we might need them in 2019...

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