Farah sits out but Lawrence and Grant train
Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah was a noticeable absentee from training on Wednesday morning but two other players under a cloud, Chris Lawrence and Tim Grant, ran freely with the main squad in a boost to their chances of backing up to face the Eels on Saturday.
Farah was controversially demoted to reserve grade last week and performed strongly in his team's 42-24 win over Newtown a day before his NRL clubmates downed St George Illawarra 25-12 at ANZ Stadium.
He was named in the Intrust Super Premiership team again this week but his odds of lining up in any grade took a blow when he sat out Wednesday morning's training run to get treatment for a calf strain.
However back-rower Chris Lawrence, who missed the second half of the Dragons win with a lower leg injury and left the ground in a moon boot, ran freely.
So too did Tim Grant, who suffered a nasty concussion after wearing a shoulder from Dragons prop Leeson Ah Mau barely a minute after entering the fray last weekend and needed to be stretchered from the field.
There were also concerns over reserve grade centre Chance Peni, who took a tumble during a drill and had to be helped from the field by trainers.
Utility back Jordan Rankin spent a bit of time preparing to slot into dummy half, where he helped out against the Dragons at times in attack.
"We've got to be prepared for everything that can happen during a game with injuries or people playing longer minutes," Rankin told NRL.com of his preparation.
"Mitch (Moses) and 'Brooky' (Luke Brooks) are the dominant halves in our side and when they want the ball they get the ball, it's plain and simple what my job is there.
"I haven't played there a great deal in my career so to fill in there I just do whatever's best for the team and whatever they want they get."
Five-eighth Moses said the team was riding a wave of new-found confidence at the moment but rejected suggestions that was related to Farah's demotion.
Moses didn't complete Wednesday's session but he said it was a workload issue rather than an injury issue.
"Everything's fine, we're just cutting down my K's (kilometres), I ran a bit too much in the game so just a bit more precautionary," Moses said.
"There's a new vibe around the team in the past couple of weeks, everyone's really working off each other and I think there's a new found confidence around the club that we can actually push for the semis and we're a shot to make the semis this year."
Moses said the team's confidence had started to build before Farah's demotion.
"It's been there before that change was made… it was around that Origin period where we were missing those players and we knew that we had to stand up and got a couple of wins around that period and there's a new confidence around the club."