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Wests Tigers on guard for Storm clash

By Lisa Martin 18/06/2009 07:15:13 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers playmaker Benji Marshall claims the loss of four players to State of Origin duty will do little to weaken a Melbourne team still full of representative talent.

The Storm will run out minus Queensland stars Billy Slater, Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith and Dallas Johnson against the Tigers at Olympic Park on Sunday.

But as Marshall points out, the 2007 premiers will be anything but easy prey with ten of the squad to face the Tigers having played either Origin or Test footy, while the Tigers have their own void to fill with captain Robbie Farah in camp with NSW.

"They've still got (ten) rep players in their team - Cooper Cronk, Jeff Lima, Adam Blair, we've still got to be wary," said Marshall, who will lead the Tigers in Farah's absence.

"It's been one of the biggest talking points at training, we can't afford to switch off.

"They've still got a lot of rep players, they still could destroy us."

With Farah out, much of the Tigers game plan will revolve around Marshall.

Despite losing 14-0 to the Warriors the last time Farah was away with the Blues, Marshall said he wasn't feeling overwhelmed by the extra responsibility.

"I don't think so. Every game we have won this year it's a team effort ... so I'm not looking to win the game individually," he said.

But coach Tim Sheens said there was a slight danger Marshall could put too much pressure on himself.

"The last two times he captained he's tried too hard, and we've paid the price and so has he," Sheens said.

"Actually last week he was criticised for not doing enough, yet as I seem to remember, all four tries were set up by him, he made a number of good runs and he put down a try scoring break.

"For a guy who's had 12 games at halfback in his career he's going pretty well."

The Tigers injury woes continue with second-rower Chris Heighington on Thursday ruled out for six to eight weeks.

Heighington injured the adductor muscle in his right leg during the Tigers' win over the Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Monday night.

"It's hard to replace Chris Heighington, he's been the heart and soul of the club for a number of years now and he is the most consistent player," Marshall said.

"But we've got a lot of up and coming talent we've got faith in."

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