Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor says Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses will still call the shots
March 27 2016 - 5:39PM
Robbie Farah will make his return to the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday, but don’t mistake the hooker’s return for a changing of the guard.
The former skipper has long been central to everything in the Tigers attack, but in his absence during the first three weeks halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses have been calling the shots with a fair degree of success.
Tigers coach Jason Taylor has been pleased with the development of his young playmakers and insists little will change with Farah back in the side.
“The way we have played has developed from the start of last season to this point and has been a continual development, slowly but surely the halves have got more confidence,” Taylor said at the Tigers’ captain’s run at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
“But it is clear we want to get them the ball and to be in charge and Robbie understands that. Robbie also understands that when he sees an opportunity to play the best footy that Robbie Farah can play, we want him to do that. We have to find that balance. It is about the synergy of the team, getting the pieces to get it together.”
There is a suggestion Farah could be relegated to the bench for Monday’s game against Parramatta. However, Taylor remains coy on the Tigers’ plans.
“We will let you guys know what the team is an hour before the game. Those are the rules,” Taylor said.
While the Tigers have been brilliant in patches with the football this season, they are yet to string a complete performance together.
However, Eels coach Brad Arthur remains wary of what the Tigers will throw at them, especially with Farah back in the mix.
“We’ve been doing okay in our defence, but we’re going to be tested tomorrow,” Arthur said.
"They’re second for all the attacking stats, so they’ve been playing some really good footy. Their two halves are playing nice and fast, and nice and direct. With [Robbie] Farah back in there he’ll give them a bit of spark around the ruck, so we’re going to have to be really good in our defence.
“It’s been a good 10 days to get over a couple of tough games and rest up their bodies a little bit, so we should be nice and fresh going into tomorrow’s clash.”