Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith

Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith
Author
Tony Webeck
NRL.com reporter
Timestamp
Mon 13 May 2019, 10:01 AM

Robbie Farah insists he will wait until September before making a decision on his playing future as the Wests Tigers great prepares to face off against old foe Cameron Smith for the 29th and potentially final time on Thursday night.

The 35-year-old hooker was at his crafty best in dissecting the Panthers defence with clinical precision on Friday night, prompting questions again as to whether he can go around again in 2020 for an 18th NRL season.

The leadership of Farah and Benji Marshall under coach Michael Maguire has propelled the Tigers into sixth position through nine rounds.

While Marshall missed five games with a hamstring injury and Farah has been managing a minor back complaint, the form of Farah in particular will ensure his chances of playing on remains a topic of discussion.

"We’ll see how we go come September,” Farah said when asked whether he would play on in 2020.

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"I’m feeling pretty good. It comes with its challenges. I had a bit of an episode with my back a few weeks ago and was chasing my tail for a couple of weeks and not really getting much training under my belt.

“That was pretty hard but I’ve come out of the other end of that now and I’m feeling pretty good and the body’s good again.”

This club has gone through mediocrity for a long time and everyone here is sick of it

Robbie Farah
Thursday night’s clash at AAMI Park will be the 29th meeting between Farah and Smith with the Storm legend holding an 18-10 advantage. The ledger reads 11-4 in favour of Smith in NRL matches.

"It’s obviously been a great challenge. He’s obviously one of the greatest players – if not the greatest player at the moment in our game,” Farah told NRL.com.

"He’s someone who has always brought out the best in me. Those battles that we’ve had not only at club level but Origin and things like that, it drives you to better yourself and get better.

"It will be nice to come up against him again, maybe for the last time down in Melbourne.”

As the Tigers chase back-to-back wins for the first time since rounds 1-2, Farah spoke of the resilience that he and Marshall have been asked to help instil within a Wests Tigers team that has not played finals since 2011.

"As leaders of this club, it’s something that myself and Benji are trying to build here well beyond our time,” Farah said.

"This club has gone through mediocrity for a long time and we’re sick of it. Everyone here is sick of it. ‘Madge’ has come in with a plan to change things around and he’s really asked myself and Benji especially to drive those things along with Mo (Mbye) being the captain and the leadership group.

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Panthers

Match Highlights: Wests Tigers v Panthers
"If we keep doing what we’ve always done, the old saying is you get what you always got.

"Things need to change around here. Whilst we’ve shown at times this year how good we can be we’ve also shown how poor we can be mainly in those two games against Parra and the Roosters.

"They’re the things we need to scrap out of our identity here at the TIgers but it’s something that we’re continuing to work on daily even when we win a game.”

@TheDaBoss good to see that at least Farah, Benji, MBye and Madge acknowledge the really poor performances we have put in this year, the things must change quote is really pleasing to read.

@851 said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

@TheDaBoss good to see that at least Farah, Benji, MBye and Madge acknowledge the really poor performances we have put in this year, the things must change quote is really pleasing to read.

I don’t know I’m sure I’ve heard that many many times before from about 2007 onwards…

@TheDaBoss said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

"It will be nice to come up against him again, maybe for the last time down in Melbourne.”

Farah thinking of going another season 🤔

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@Geo said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

I don’t know I’m sure I’ve heard that many many times before from about 2007 onwards…

You are right, we have heard it many times before, but the bit about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, kind of makes it believable

He carved the panthers up early, but later was taking 3 or 4 tackles to get back to dummy half after kicks.

Please put the cue in the rack and announce a retirement for the end of this year. If Liddle doesn’t hold up and we can’t sign another hooker, the club can beg for another year and as a great clubman he can sign on.

I am getting worried about more PR nightmares in terms of the club having to tell Benji and Robbie that it is time to go, rather than them leaving on their own terms.

@Harvey said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

He carved the panthers up early, but later was taking 3 or 4 tackles to get back to dummy half after kicks.

Please put the cue in the rack and announce a retirement for the end of this year. If Liddle doesn’t hold up and we can’t sign another hooker, the club can beg for another year and as a great clubman he can sign on.

I am getting worried about more PR nightmares in terms of the club having to tell Benji and Robbie that it is time to go, rather than them leaving on their own terms.

Hopefully this is his last year.As a player he has been great for the club but his time should be over

@TheDaBoss said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

"This club has gone through mediocrity for a long time and we’re sick of it. Everyone here is sick of it.

What?

How can this be?

How cant they be so so sick of mediocrity. Disgusting behavior. fan like even. forum like even.

How dare they question the amount of times we have been bog average.

@Harvey said in Farah primed for one last showdown with Smith:

He carved the panthers up early, but later was taking 3 or 4 tackles to get back to dummy half after kicks.

Please put the cue in the rack and announce a retirement for the end of this year. If Liddle doesn’t hold up and we can’t sign another hooker, the club can beg for another year and as a great clubman he can sign on.

I am getting worried about more PR nightmares in terms of the club having to tell Benji and Robbie that it is time to go, rather than them leaving on their own terms.

Madge won’t put up with that. Hopefully they both go out in a finals match.

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