Tag Archive: Robbie Farah

Lui could be the difference

They were minutes away from an NRL grand final berth in 2010, and Wests Tigers superstar Benji Marshall believes emerging halfback Robert Lui could be the player to tip them over the edge in 2011. Lui showed he was primed for a big campaign with a barnstorming performance in the Tigers’ final trial against Sydney Roosters on Saturday night – the 21-year-old scoring one try, setting up two others and adding a field goal in the 19-8 win at the Sydney Football Stadium. The Tigers have been tipped by many as the team to challenge premiers St George Illawarra in this year’s race for the title, after going within a whisker of toppling the Dragons in the 2009 preliminary final. With no major off-season signings, the Tigers were always going to have to improve from within to go better in 2011, with Marshall pointing to Lui’s development as a key to the club’s potential rise. Continue reading

2010 Top NRL Dream Team Performers

Some of the Top Performers of NRL Dream Team in 2010 (averaging 50 or more) are Corey Parker (Broncos), David Stagg (Bulldogs), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Cameron Smith (Storm) and Robbie Farah (Tigers) 

Pretty much all the top Dream Team Coaches had them in their side at the end of the season.  We all want them in our team NOW but the $4.2 million salary cap, State of Origin commitments and the bye rounds means we have to choose carefully.

After round 19 last year, I reviewed the top DT performers and published the table below. 

After Round 19

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts 50’s % 50’s
STAGG 17 52.88 899 0 113 768 1 56 39 11 64.71%
FARAH 17 52.18 887 12 103 591 188 72 79 9 52.94%
HINDMARSH 16 52.94 847 0 134 712 0 74 73 9 56.25%
PARKER 14 57.50 805 108 191 510 3 70 77 13 92.86%
SMITH, C 13 54.00 702 72 62 481 113 42 68 8 61.54%

The table explains itself and may help you with finalising your 25-man squad for the start of the 2011 season.  Something else you should consider is their ability to hold or increase their 2011 starting price.  Continue reading

Tigers 19 – Roosters 8

Wests Tigers halfback Robert Lui has the early running in the battle for the NRL club’s No.7 jumper this coming season after a five-star display in a 19-8 trial win over the Sydney Roosters. The gifted halfback showed deft skills to set up first-half tries for skipper Robbie Farah and Liam Fulton, before the 21-year-old sealed the match with a blazing individual effort to totally overshadow more illustrious teammates Farah and Benji Marshall. Lui’s performance was a none-too-subtle reminder to coach Tim Sheens given the man he was meant to be vying with for the No.7 jumper – Tim Moltzen – was making his return after 10 months out due to a knee reconstruction. Lui put the icing on the cake with a field goal after the siren, the Tigers claiming their first Foundation Cup in the fifth year of the clash. Continue reading

Tim Moltzen returns for Tigers

Wests Tigers Head Coach Tim Sheens has named his team to play Sydney Roosters in the annual Foundation Cup clash at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, February 26.

The match will see the long awaited return of utility Tim Moltzen who missed the majority of last season after undergoing a knee reconstruction. Moltzen has overcome an ankle injury that saw him miss last week’s trial against Parramatta.   Wests Tigers will be looking to win the Foundation Cup for the first time since 2007. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Winger Matt Utai has been signed to a one-year second tier contract for 2011.

Team: Wade McKinnon, Lote Tuqiri, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai, Benji Marshall, Robert Lui, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah (C), Keith Galloway, Liam Fulton, Simon Dwyer, Chris Heighington

Interchange: Aaron Woods, Tim Moltzen, Sean Meaney, Alan Schirnack,  Andrew Fifita

Once the season proper starts I will be looking at each team and some of their key players as we get closer to the start of the silly season – the bye rounds and I’ll use “Dream Team Pro” so at least their will be a bit more information and statistics than last year.

Every year round 9 has a huge impact on coaches with ½ the NRL clubs (8) having their first bye round.  No doubt everyone has had a good look at bye rounds when developing a strategy for the 2011 campaign and finalising your 25-man squad before the round 1 kick of on March 11. 

There is no point in talking about individual players before there is some form on the board so I’ll just point out a couple of other things for the newer coaches to Dream Team that you will need to take into consideration when finalising on your squad.  Continue reading

DT Best Performers – Best of the Hookers

This week, the final week before the finals start, I will take a look at the best performers in remaining three key positions, Hookers, Front Rowers and the Second Rowers.  Their individual stats below are current to their round 21 performances.

For the hookers I have used the bench mark score of 45 for the last two columns.  There is not a lot for me to say, the stats tell the story.  At this end of the season you wont find many of the top teams in the DT or NEX that have a combination that includes someone outside the top 5. 

However if money is the problem and you are looking at other options based on current for then Matt Hilder might be worth a look.



Ave Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Points >= 45

% >= 45

Smith, C


54.27 814 86 71 560 127 44 -74 13




51.58 980 12 111 666 199 82 -90 12




46.58 885 0 98 825 17 44 -99 10




44.07 661 124 190 369 14 96 -132 8




43.42 825 12 76 731 62 26 -82 7




38.25 612 16 56 551 23 32 -66 0




36.94 665 8 103 600 14 18 -78 5




36.11 650 4 69 603 1 30 -57 1




34.11 648 20 80 584 12 40 -88 0


Matt Hilder HOK/2RF @ $267,800.00 averaging 36.94.  This is another one of those players who has had a season in two halves.  By round 10 Hilder had lost $92,300.00 from his round 1 starting price of $287,800.00.  He played 9 rounds during that period where his highest score of 37 came in round 10 against the roosters and his lowest scores were a 27 in round 5, 25 in round 6, 24 in round 7 and another 25 in round 9.  Since round 10 he has played 9 games with his lowest score of 33 coming in round 19.  It’s only his form and scores in the last 5 rounds that have showed some of the form that made him worth having in your team in 2009.  With only one score in the 30’s the other 4 scores have been a 48, 51 and a pair of 46’s in rounds 20 and 21.  It’s the tackling that dominates his DT points, 40 plus tackles in all but 1 of the last 5 games.  There is a down side though, his mistakes averaging 5.2 in the last 5 games.  All those 40’s could have been 50’s.

*Updated* Farah will play !!

Lui is out, Daniela comes in for Tigers. Robbie Farah WILL play after overcoming a bruised shin. No decision yet on starting 13.

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah is in doubt for Friday’s clash against St George Illawarra as he continues to battle a shin injury suffered last weekend. Farah, who sat out his side’s final training run on Thursday morning, will be given until kick-off to prove his fitness ahead of the top-of-the-table clash. Farah, who could play his way into a NSW jumper for Origin III with a strong performance against the Dragons, made no mention of his injury issue during his weekly press conference. But assistant coach Royce Simmons confirmed the skipper is no certainty to play. “Robbie hurt his leg last week and battled on with it in the second half,” Simmons said at Concord Oval. “He got treatment at half-time. It’s a bruised shin and he’d prefer not to train today but we’re hoping he’ll be right for tomorrow.” Asked to rate Farah’s chances of taking the field for the Round 16 blockbuster, a hopeful Simmons replied: “He won’t want to miss it and he’ll do his best to play tomorrow. I mean it’s probably more precautionary.” Liam Fulton will play at hooker if Farah is unable to recover from the knock.

Tigers Half Baked

Tigers officials don’t want to shift Robbie Farah to halfback on Friday, fearing it would crucify his chances to dislodge NSW hooker Michael Ennis from the Blues team for Origin III. The Tigers are facing a halfback crisis with Robert Lui named at No.7 yesterday but next to no chance of playing the Dragons. Back-up options Tim Moltzen has a season-ending knee injury and Arana Taumata this week left to join the Cowboys, which leaves Blake Lazarus the frontrunner. To make matters worse, new fullback recruit Wade McKinnon – one of five players who did not train yesterday – is also racing the clock to beat a hip injury. Coach Tim Sheens will give Lui every chance to overcome a knee injury, but The Daily Telegraph understands shifting Farah from hooker to halfback was quickly shelved. A starring performance by Farah at No. 9 will all but assure him Ennis’s Blues jumper for the dead rubber against Queensland. Interestingly, Farah also failed to train because of a corked shin but won’t miss the trip to Kogarah. Sheens said the short week had done none of his players any favours and Lui would be given plenty of time to prove his fitness. “Robbie has a bit of a leg injury – he took a bump to the knee – there’s no ligament issues, but we’re just waiting for it to settle down,” Sheens said. “We will give him until the last minute to get ready, and if he doesn’t make it I’ve got a couple of other options. In the next 24 hours I’ll have a better idea. I’m not going to get ahead of myself. We’re unlikely to consider Robbie [Farah] there.” Chris Heighington (hip), McKinnon and Lote Tuqiri (knee) failed to train yesterday, but Sheens said it was precautionary.

The Wests Tigers are the last team with their final bye in round 14 for me to review.  When you mention the Tigers two players spring to mind, Robbie Farah (HOK) @ $334,300.00 averaging 51.42 and Benji Marshall (Half) @ $188,700.00 averaging 33.42.  There is no point in talking about Marshall except to you don’t know which Benji will turn up to play.  That only leaves three regular players worth talking about.

Robbie Farah (HOK) @ $334,300.00 averaging 51.42.  His starting price was $383,900.00 and has lost $49,600.00 since then.  While his scores have been up and down, a low of 36 in round 2 and a high of 66 in round 4, it’s his current form, potential for a huge score and not involve in SOO that makes worth considering.  Farah is now ranked the 2nd best player in DT behind David Stagg.  His tackle count for the season stands at 413 with a low of 15 in round 8 and a high of 48 in round 13.  He scores points in all areas except GO; 76 in MG and 132 KM are the pick and only loosing 58 in errors.  At his current season average his market value is about $329,000.00 but with scores of 55 and 62 in his last two games means a score 41 or more in his next game will see his price rise.  You must have players like Farah in your team if you want to be a contender for the NEX-Cup 2010. Continue reading

Farah fit to play

Injured Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah has been given the all clear to push through the pain barrier in Saturday’s NRL clash against Penrith at CUA Stadium. Scans this week revealed Farah had suffered ligament damage to his elbow but doctors advised him on Thursday he is at no great risk of aggravating the injury. The Tigers hooker conceded he will be playing in some pain but has ruled out the use of pain killers and said he will have his elbow heavily strapped. “It’s one of those things that will be a bit uncomfortable but I’m willing to push through it and keep going at the moment,” he said.  The NSW State of Origin rake said he was not contemplating sitting out any games in the future unless the injury became unbearable. “If it does get to a point where I’m struggling out there and letting the team down, I’ll sit out in the weeks ahead,” he said. “But at this stage we’re willing to go out there and just plug away”