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Nofoaluma loves the footy IQ of Farah

Post by willow » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 6:14 pm

Nofoaluma loves the footy IQ of Farah
Author Margie McDonald Senior Reporter Timestamp Mon 16 Jul 2018, 12:45 PM

Reunited after five years and David Nofoaluma knows exactly what he likes best about Robbie Farah as the Wests Tigers prodigal son heads towards his 250th NRL game this weekend.

The winger made his debut for the Tigers in 2013 playing 15 games that season – the last year both Farah and Benji Marshall were part of the Concord Oval family.

In Sunday's 20-16 win over the Dragons, Nofoaluma took a moment to look inside and see the two familiar faces.

The 24-year-old also benefitted directly since it was Farah who handled three times in the move, with a pass, then a dummy, then a grubber, to put Nofoaluma over in the 58th minute.

"I was playing with them in 2013 so to be back with them five years later, it's so good to see," he told NRL.com in the Kogarah sheds.

"I understand how they play. That try that Robbie created for me, it was out of instinct. I knew how he plays from having a few years with him so I knew what was coming."

That prompts the question of which parts of the Farah armoury Nofoaluma likes best on the football field.

"It's his footy IQ," he says without hesitation.

"He's a very smart player. Now the person he's become, the leader he's become, so it's natural for him to use that IQ and know what play to put on.

"As you saw [against the Dragons] he comes up with these things and they are not flukes. They come from him working hard and the experience he's gathered."

The impressive win over St George Illawarra was just Farah's second game back in Tigers colours, after being released by South Sydney. It was also the first time Farah and Marshall reprised their No.9 and No.6 roles together since round 26 of 2013.

On Saturday against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Farah will celebrate his 250th game – not in the cardinal red and myrtle green, but in black and gold.

"To be honest, I was speaking to both of them and to their own knowledge they thought they were never coming back," Nofoaluma said.

"It's weird how things end up, or turn out."

Nofoaluma celebrates his own milestone – 100 NRL games – two rounds after Farah's 250th.

"When I think of Robbie I think 'class player'. He's a leader on the field and we follow his example off the field as well," Nofoaluma said.

"Everyone knows what he's done over the years with representative football. He's made a lot of milestones and achievements and this is another.

"To be in the same team as him is amazing. It makes me happy even if it's not a milestone game.

"I've been a part of his journey. When he retires I can say I played with Robbie and Benji and that makes me pretty happy."

Nofoaluma lives by another philosophy that everything happens for a reason. The fact Farah gets to celebrate 250 games at the club he won a premiership with during his 14 seasons there.

"That's why I truly believe everything does happen for a reason. If you just focus and never give up, push to be the best you can be, things will turn around for you.

"It did for those two and I'm really glad for them.

"It's a good time right now, not only for the club, but for themselves because they're going to finish their careers in high spirits at a club they love."

Nofoaluma was careful not to put the 'saviours' tag on Farah-Marshall, with the Tigers just two wins outside the eight and seven matches remaining in the regular Telstra Premiership.

"Most teams have their star players, but at the Wests Tigers we won't rely on two individuals. It's a team sport so we're focusing on all of us together."


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Post by Nucky Thompson » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 7:37 pm

Hopefully nofo can stay injury free and finish strong. His attitude is great

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 7:43 pm

I find his passion to be genuine unlike when the tosser from the footy show was on the wing.

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Post by innsaneink » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:01 pm

Hah!
She can get souths colours precisely correct...stuff WTs

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Post by Chicken Faced Killa » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:05 pm

Feels like Nofoaluma has played more than 97 games. I thought he’d been around a while now.


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Post by will1999 » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:30 pm

Chicken Faced Killa wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:05 pm
Feels like Nofoaluma has played more than 97 games. I thought he’d been around a while now.
had a few injuries

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Post by Masterton » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:58 pm

willow wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 6:14 pm

On Saturday against the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Farah will celebrate his 250th game – not in the cardinal red and myrtle green, but in black and gold.
It's his 250th game for Tigers, he has 275 all together. He could hardly play his 250th Tigers game for Souths.
"I was on the bus before you painted it yellow."

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Post by WT2K » Mon 16 Jul, 2018 9:09 pm

On nofo, he's moved to equal 6th with Beau Ryan in tries scored for WT on 46 tries.
No more plodders!
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Post by Spud Murphy » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:00 am

innsaneink wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:01 pm
Hah!
She can get souths colours precisely correct...stuff WTs
She's not the only one, the whole media world call us the black & gold :| I'm just resigned to it now.

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Post by Russell » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:16 am

Spud Murphy wrote:
Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:00 am
innsaneink wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:01 pm
Hah!
She can get souths colours precisely correct...stuff WTs
She's not the only one, the whole media world call us the black & gold :| I'm just resigned to it now.
Might have forgotten the white but at least they got the gold right.

Win some, lose some.

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Post by shane2801 » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:41 am

innsaneink wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:01 pm
Hah!
She can get souths colours precisely correct...stuff WTs
Took the words right out of my mouth Ink. I was into Dean Ritchie about the same thing yesterday. Only I focused more the the missing colour altogether. WHITE!
BLACK & WHITE...DYNAMITE!!!!!

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Post by innsaneink » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 10:11 am

Yep.... They wouldn't call the Roosters the "red & blues"

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Post by Spud Murphy » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 11:42 am

innsaneink wrote:
Tue 17 Jul, 2018 10:11 am
Yep.... They wouldn't call the Roosters the "red & blues"
Yes they’re the tricolours,, always the tricolours, as if they are the only ones!

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Post by Spud Murphy » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 11:44 am

Russell wrote:
Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:16 am
Spud Murphy wrote:
Tue 17 Jul, 2018 8:00 am
innsaneink wrote:
Mon 16 Jul, 2018 8:01 pm
Hah!
She can get souths colours precisely correct...stuff WTs
She's not the only one, the whole media world call us the black & gold :| I'm just resigned to it now.
Might have forgotten the white but at least they got the gold right.

Win some, lose some.
You think so Russ? I thought we were more orange than gold?

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Post by Demps » Tue 17 Jul, 2018 12:50 pm

Compared to Nofos IQ...
Basic positioning and defence?
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