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Tigers can't afford to relax: Farah

By Adrian Warren 09/08/2008 03:48:59 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has warned his surging team cannot afford to relax, with their bogey side Parramatta looming in the next chapter of the scramble for NRL finals positions.

The Tigers moved alongside sixth-placed St George Illawarra following their gritty 18-10 win over the Dragons in Wollongong on Friday night.

It was the third time this year the Tigers completed back-to-back victories, but they have yet to win three in a row.

The triumph proved the Tigers could tough it out as well as blow teams away with the razzle dazzle they produced in their 56-4 slaughter of the hapless Bulldogs last week.

"We've had two good wins in a row, but in saying that we've got to continue that," halfback Farah said.

"We can't turn around next week and rest on our laurels, Parramatta is a team we haven't beaten in a while.

"I haven't beaten them in my first grade career so its going to be tough.

"We've got to back it up. Every loss from now in is one game closer to the end of our season."

Tigers coach Tim Sheens was happy his side didn't have to play till Monday week because of some injury niggles.

"It's tough at this stage of the year, everyone is carrying a few bumps and bruises, but we're looking forward to the long week with the Monday game, so guys can lick their wounds a bit," Sheens said.

"This was another step towards the semi-finals. It was a big game.

"It's the first time for a while (we've gone) back-to back and made the most of the last week's game and beat a credible side away from home, so that's a step in the right direction."

St George captain and centre Mark Gasnier said his team faced a hard run in to the finals.

"There's no other way to put it," Gasnier said.

"I think that's the way the competition is, there is a big clump of teams on 22, 23 and 24, so we are well aware of where we sit and what the coming four weeks hold."

Dragons coach Nathan Brown felt it was a case of his team needing to lift their attacking game.

"They (the Tigers) scored a try from a kick and a try from our kick, so defensively I think we are right up to the mark, as good as anyone," Brown said.

"But we need to obviously do something in our attack which will hopefully help us get over the line a little bit more."

Brown expected to lose veteran hooker Simon Woolford for a few weeks with a knee injury.

Three players were reported from the feisty encounter, Dragons forwards Lagi Setu and Dean Young and Tigers forward Todd Payten.

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