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Origin snub will boost us, says Farah

By Ian McCullough 08/07/2010 05:57:08 PM Comments (0)

Robbie Farah believes winning the 2010 NRL premiership would be made all the sweeter for the Wests Tigers after their continual snubbing by NSW selectors.

Despite sitting in third spot on the ladder, the Tigers have not had a single player called into a struggling Blues side, and although he admits it hurts not be recognised, Farah called on his players to use it to their advantage.

"Although it does help not having those Origin disruptions, we would have loved to have a few players there," Farah said.

"You go into Origin camp and come back with that experience and confidence and bring it back to club footy.

"But the rep season is gone, there is no point dwelling on it or feeling sorry for ourselves as there is no fourth Origin game to look for.

"All we can do is focus on our run into the semis and I am sure come the first week of October if we are lifting that NRL trophy, no one will give a hoot about missing out on Origin this year and that is what we desperately want to do."

After playing twice for NSW in 2009, Farah was overlooked by selectors in favour of Michael Ennis this year.

And although he refused to join the critics in hammering Ennis for the brain-snap that led to Queensland's match-turning try, Farah made no secret about his desire to return for the Blues.

"It hurts not being there, especially when you have been there before and you kind of play your own game watching it in your lounge room," he said.

"I'd like to think I am a chance for next year. The series has gone this year but next year is a new series."

The Tigers take on the fourth-placed Gold Coast on Friday at Campbelltown and although the skipper freely admits his side have been winning ugly in recent weeks, he makes no apologies for it.

"We are a lot better side this year than we have in previous years, and we have not been pretty in what we have been doing," he said.

"But I guess that is the sign of a good side.

"Hopefully we can start playing some good footy and be even better, but that comes when you don't have the burden or pressure of trying to win games to try stay in the eight and that is what we aspire to.

"We are a bit more experienced our mentality has changed it has been pretty well documented that our wins have been ugly, but we are prepared to do that."

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