ROB LUI REMAINS THE MAN AT 7
By Wayne Cousins
10/09/2011 4:46:23 PM
A dominant performance in the win over St George-Illawarra again showed why Robert Lui is the man for the number seven jersey at Wests Tigers.
Lui was on song at ANZ Stadium on Friday night, having a strong hand in tries to Beau Ryan and Chris Heighington.
His form again highlighted the faith Head Coach Tim Sheens has in the talented playmaker and why Tim Moltzen was moved to full-back.
Lui’s efforts again silenced his critics and again pledged his alliance to Wests Tigers following a newspaper report linking him to the North Queensland Cowboys.
“I don’t worry about what people say. Tim told me he wanted me in the number 7,’’ Lui said.
“I know I am the number one half-back here at the Wests Tigers. I don’t know where the rumours of me going to the Cowboys came from but I’m not going anywhere. I love the Club and they have been very good to me. I’m staying at the Wests Tigers.”
Lui’s performance in the first qualifying final was reminiscent to his solid showing against the Dragons 12 months ago when beaten in the preliminary final. He says enjoys playing the men in red and white.
“I don’t know why, it is just a thing. Maybe because they beat us last year. I just wanted to beat them, that’s all,’’ Lui said.
“Any team wants to beat the opposition in semi-finals footy.
“It was good to get a win. The Dragons are a top team but at the end of the day, the boys stuck in. We all did our one per centers.
“Last year’s final was in the back of our minds when things were down. The boys were saying ‘remember this, remember that’.
“Our defence won us the game. It was a good win but there is still a long way to go.”
As for his beautiful short ball to Heighington, Lui recalled it with a smile.
“Benji just called a play. I went out the back and had options, short or long, and I hit short. I hit the right bloke,’’ Lui said.
“It was all in one moment. It was like a blurb but plays like that can win you games. And it won us the game.”