Robbie Farah and Michael Ennis resume their feud ahead of NRL showdown
4 hours ago August 21, 2015 5:51PM
THEY called an uneasy truce when they came together for a common cause during the NSW Blues Origin 3 camp earlier this season.
But any pleasantries, genuine or otherwise, exchanged back in July will have been long forgotten with normal transmission expected to resume in the long-running rivalry between Cronulla hooker Michael Ennis and Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah.
The pair will go head-to-head when their respective sides clash at Remondis Stadium.
Ennis will be desperate to ensure the Sharks’ loss to Melbourne on Monday night was nothing more than a minor hiccup with a top four berth still a reachable goal if results go the right way.
Farah, though, will know a points decision over his rival will go a long way to getting the Tigers the result they crave.
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan, who says his side didn’t need any reminding of how poor they were against the Storm, is wary of the attacking flair of Farah and the Tigers.
“They are a really good offensive team who can score some points if you don’t come with a defensive mindset,” he said.
“They have two really good young halves and Robbie Farah and (Aaron) Woods in there. And the bloke at the back (James Tedesco) is in sensational form.
“They are a proud club. They won’t just come here and hand us the two points.”
Despite a short turnaround, Flanagan and his squad has done their homework on danger man Tedesco.
“I think he is leading the comp in tackle breaks and when he brings the ball back, he is creating so many opportunities for that team,” he said.
“We need to be really good on him. It’s okay to look at him (on video) but you have to go out and handle it.”
The Tigers will leave a final decision on whether forward leader Woods plays until game day as he recovers from the knee injury he picked up during last weekend’s loss to Newcastle.
The big prop got through the Captain’s run on Friday but coach Jason Taylor wants to see how he recovers from the session.
“He did the full session but it is going to hinge on how he pulls up in the morning,” a Tigers spokesman said.
Taylor says his side can’t bank on capitalising on the Sharks falling away late in the game due to their short turnaround from Monday night.
“We are going there to play a team in the top eight who have plenty to play for,” he said.
“It’s important that we don’t just think they are going to go away.”