How to solve a problem like Robbie Farah: Robbie Farah needs to provide halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses with more ball so the young halves’ attack can flourish. Picture: Tony Feder/Getty ImagesIntimes of crisis, it’s best to channel your inner Monty Python and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
Rather than looking atthe 60-6 defeat Wests Tigers suffered at the hands of the Canberra Raiders likea glass that’s half empty, let’s treat it like a glass that’s half full.
A glass containingwarm, flat light beer it may be.
But it’s still half full.
Saturday’s result was diabolical, there is no other way to look at it.
The defence was as frail as a 95-year-old’s hip,the attackas entertainingas a Real Housewives of Melbourne marathon, and the effort as genuine as Donald Trump’s “hair”.
But there is good news Wests Tigers fans because things can’t possibly get any worse.
The chances of an NRL side conceding 60 or more points in a game twice in one season, are astronomical.
If it happens again this yearI’ll run naked down Queen Street singing Glory, Glory to Souths Sydney.
But the question now is‘where do the Wests Tigers go from here?’.
What exactly is the problem and how can a team of “professionals” be so bad?
Part of the issue, I believe, stems from Robbie Farah.
Firstly, let me stress I think Farahhas been one of, if not the greatest, Wests Tigers to ever put on the jersey.
But now, while his individual form may be good,his style of play is detrimental to the team.
In Brooks, Moses and James Tedesco, there are three genuine playmakers –there’s no need for a fourth.
Farah has been one of the side’s main attacking weapons since 2005.
But with the current set-up he needs to rein in his attacking instinctsand sacrifice personal form for team success.
Makeshift hooker Dene Halatau showed the way in the early rounds when Farah was injured.
Halatau didn’trun too much and didn’t take it upon himself to make the big play.
He simply picked up the ball and passed it to one of Moses or Brooks and let them run the show.
The result was wave of attack after wave of attack.
And it scared teams –just ask Manly Sea Eagle Jamie Lyon who still has singed hairs from the amount of times Tedesco burnt him for speed in round two.
It may be underutilising the talent Farah has but he needs to simplifyhis game for the good of the team.
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