Marshall confident in Wests Tigers’ ability regardless of Farah decision
Wed 4 Sep 2019, 05:22 PM
Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall says if Robbie Farah is to play in Sunday’s sudden-death clash against the Cronulla Sharks it’ll be a huge boost for the side.
After picking up a fractured tibia three weeks ago, Farah was a notable inclusion in today’s full-team session at Leichhardt Oval with the hooker taking part in the entirety of the field session.
With the hooker a chance of returning from injury after being named as part of the extended squad on Tuesday, Marshall said he was happy to see Farah moving the way he was and spoke positively of his potential inclusion.
“I was quite surprised with the way he moved today," Marshall said.
"It’s good news for us.
"It’s a fair effort that he’s even in the conversation when you think about his injury but that sums Robbie up. With his determination, he’s explored every avenue possible to make himself available for this week.
“Watching him today it felt like he was running pretty sweet.
"He looks confident to me.
"His ability to just push through barriers of upstairs mentally… I’ve never seen anyone stronger in terms of his resilience. We play a tough game and sometimes we don’t get the credit you deserve.
“He seems confident but that will be a decision between him and the coach later in the week. We’re going to expect to play like he isn’t playing and then later in the week if he does [get called in] it’s an added bonus to the side.”
Marshall was adamant that should the hooker be selected, the 35-year-old’s big-game experience and ability would be a huge boost to the side and give Wests Tigers an added edge following two strong performances.
“I’m confident if he does end up playing, he’ll be able to do his job," Marshall said.
"And if he doesn’t feel 100% then he won’t play.
“It’s not going to be a risk — if he’s not right he won’t play.
"Something we’re not prepared to do at the moment is take that risk.
"What I do think is that we’ve built is momentum the past couple of weeks with the rotation we’ve got, so from our point of view, whether he does or doesn’t play we have a good enough group to get that job done.
"If he does play it’s an added bonus.”
Having originally named Farah in the 21-man squad for Sunday’s game, Wests Tigers will provide an updated 19-man side to face the Sharks at 2:00pm AEST on Saturday before confirming a final 17-man team list one hour prior to kickoff.