Marshall Confident In Wests Tigers Ability

Marshall confident in Wests Tigers’ ability regardless of Farah decision
Caitlyn Grant
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.

Benji and Brooks will be the lynchpins that get us over the line

The biggest concern is how Clarke and Mikaele cope with Woods and Prior

I think Matterson will make it his job to tackle Fifita out of the game

If our forwards can get an even footing , I think we can maybe sneak out a victory …possibly

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@happy_tiger said in Marshall Confident In Wests Tigers Ability:

Benji and Brooks will be the lynchpins that get us over the line

The biggest concern is how Clarke and Mikaele cope with Woods and Prior

I think Matterson will make it his job to tackle Fifita out of the game

If our forwards can get an even footing , I think we can maybe sneak out a victory …possibly

It’s another big challenge. We’ve come off two weeks of besting some pretty handy packs so hopefully we can keep that roll on!

The two hookers on standby should Robbie Farah become a late scratching reckon they won’t be required.

On Wednesday Benji Marshall and Josh Reynolds saw the retiring rake participate in his first full training session since breaking his leg four weeks ago. Both reckon he will take his place for Wests Tigers in perhaps the most-anticipated game of the year, the Leichhardt Oval clash with Cronulla.

The last few games of Robbie Farah’s NRL career are in doubt after the Wests Tigers great suffered a knee injury.

“I think he will play, if I was being completely honest with you,” Reynolds said.

“It’s Robbie Farah, he’s a pretty tough guy. He’s one of the most driven guys I’ve probably ever met.

“It’s just building, isn’t it? It’s like a movie, we’re slowly building into it. We’ll find out more as the week goes on.”

All that remains to be seen is whether the movie has a Hollywood ending. The winner will qualify for the finals, the loser will have only Mad Monday to look forward to. It could be the last game for Farah, if indeed he takes the field, or fellow veteran Paul Gallen.

Few know Farah like Marshall. They both made their first-grade debuts for the Tigers in 2003 and have shared a bond during the many highs and lows.
Marshall has never seen a more determined Farah, who began his rehabilitation on the very night he fractured his tibia.

“No, never,” Marshall said. “Even the hours he is putting in behind the scenes. Doing hyperbaric chambers, all the little things that might not necessarily work but he is giving them a crack – like bone stimulators – the hours of rehab and recovery he has put in.

“It helps when his brother is a physio as well. To be fair, he has no right to even play this week. He shouldn’t really be. But in the past guys like Pat Richards in '05 with a broken ankle – in the semi-final against St George he broke his ankle – he came out and played the next week. Things like that have happened before.”

The Tigers appear to have the hooking role covered whether Farah plays or not. Marshall has been starting games at dummy half before switching into his customary halves role. Reynolds has then come off the bench and into dummy half. The strategy, which has worked with great effect, will change if Farah takes his place.

So will Farah play?

“Off (training) today, yes,” Marshall said. “But it depends on the next couple of days. Knowing him, he will give himself every opportunity.

“I didn’t see him running on Monday. Today I was expecting him to go slow and straight, but he was doing everything and sprinting. That sums him up there. He has done everything possible and explored every avenue to get back. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is there on Sunday.”

Reynolds’ own future is up in the air. The former NSW pivot knows that if Farah is fit, his place in the team could be in jeopardy. That could mean Reynolds has played his last game for the club, perhaps even his last in the NRL. Regardless, he hopes Farah plays.

“People might think I’m talking a bit of whatever-you-want-to-call-it here but I would love for him to play,” Reynolds said.

“I’m a chance of playing even if he does play, so it’s good for the club, it’s good for him. He’s a great player for the team and it will only add another dimension to the team at the moment.”

anyone else sensing a big smokescreen to take away attention from the squad? notice how our two ‘big game’ players are handling all the media? IMO I don’t think Robbie’s playing

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