Ladder doesn’t matter to Farah
Fri 14 Aug, 2015, 6:00am
By Jack Brady, National Correspondent, NRL.com
Don’t get Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah wrong, he doesn’t want his club to win their first wooden spoon at year’s end, but as long as his Tigers are still “showing up” then he’ll be proud with his teammates efforts.
Not shying away from the disappointment of the Tigers’ season, Farah has taken confidence from their past fortnight of performances where they produced one of the biggest upsets of the season by beating Melbourne and backed it up with a victory in Canberra.
With his side sitting 13th on the Telstra Premiership ladder, Farah said his team’s goal was to finish as high on the table as possible in their remaining games.
“There are games there where we probably could’ve won and should’ve won and you look back at the ifs and buts but unfortunately that’s the way it is,” Farah said.
"It would’ve been very easy for us to drop our heads, lose interest and stop working as hard because we can’t make the semis, but the attitude of the boys has been outstanding week-in, week-out regardless of where we have been sitting on the ladder.
"We’re looking to build for not only this season but for the years moving forward. It doesn’t matter where we are on the ladder we still have wanted to show up every day.
“The ladder is looking slightly better than what it was two weeks ago because it wasn’t pretty to look at us coming last, the challenge is there for us now to get as high as we can in the last four weeks.”
With the real possibility of him being the only player at the club over the age of 30 in 2016 – with Pat Richards and Keith Galloway heading to the Super League and Dene Halatau remaining unsigned beyond November – the disappointment of this season will only help the young squad develop, according to Farah.
Under the watchful eye of coach Jason Taylor as he continues his rebuild, Farah was confident the club – with the named team for this weekend’s game boasting an average age of 24.3 – will only be better for their rollercoaster season.
“The whole year has been a learning curve. You learn more from the tough times and losses rather than the wins, so our young boys will be better for the experiences they have had this season,” Farah said.
“It’s been a tough initiation for a lot of them but it’s something they can only improve with. A lot of them have really only played 20 or 30 first grade games so by next year I have no doubt they’ll only be better for it.”
Meanwhile, Camden Rams junior James Tedesco has expressed his keenness of returning to Campbelltown Sports Stadium this weekend to face the Knights.
“It’s awesome. I think there’s only a few of us left in Chris Lawrence, David Nofoaluma and myself who are from out that way so we’re pretty proud of being able to get out there and play,” Tedesco said.
“It’s a Saturday arvo game so hopefully we can get a big crowd there after the two wins because I love playing there. It feels like my backyard.”