Wests Tigers’ captain Robbie Farah feels his side are starting to peak at the right time of the season, ahead of their much anticipated clash with the Dragons on Friday night.
Speaking at the annual Captains Call, Farah said that there’s a good feeling among the side off the back of their impressive eight-match winning streak.
“It’s some great momentum heading into the finals series. But it all starts again now – the semi-finals are a whole different ball game,” Farah said.
“Certainly the confidence is high, we’ve got everyone fit – we’ve got a few players back from injury this week as well so we’ll be going in with fully fit squad.
“Everything is lining up nicely.”
One of the players scheduled to return this weekend is Chris Lawrence, who has missed the last month with a hamstring injury. Farah says he should take the field against the Dragons.
“We’re hoping so. Chris has been running and training the house down. Fingers crossed, if he doesn’t have any setbacks between now and then, we’re expecting he’ll play.”
Much was made of the poor mid-season form the Tigers produced, but Farah says he didn’t doubt the ability of the side to turn things around.
“I think everything was blown out of proportion. We were losing games, but as a group we were always confident and we always continued to work hard.
“I told everyone after the Parramatta game to judge us at the end of the year. The NRL is a long competition. You go through your ups and downs; it’s about how you come out of those bad periods.
“We were good enough to bounce back from that and make something of our season.”
Some have started to draw comparisons between the 2005 premiership winning side and the 2011 squad, and Farah believes that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
“It’s a good omen – eight in a row, I scored a hat trick and I think we finished fourth that year as well. If you’re superstitious as I am, things are falling into place.”