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Fien plays down prospect of new record

Ian McCullough 28/05/2011 11:50:44 AM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra hooker Nathan Fien insists the prospect of setting a new club record for successive victories won't give the NRL premiers any extra motivation to beat Wests Tigers on Sunday.

Wayne Bennett's side have won their last eight encounters and success over the Tigers, in a rematch of last year's preliminary final, at Kogarah would create history for the joint venture.

"We're not talking about it because that's the first time I've been told of it," said Fien.

"Those things are great if they come along, but we just worry about the processes here at the club and what goes in to our performance, what we need to do.

"That's pretty much what we concentrate on. If we do our jobs we know that we're going to give ourselves the best chance of winning footy matches."

The Tigers go into the game on the back of a sloppy 20-18 come-from-behind victory against Penrith last Saturday, producing an under-par display that left coach Tim Sheens seething.

Fien said the Tigers' mercurial tendencies made them a dangerous proposition for the Dragons but revealed there would be no special plans to stop his Kiwi teammate Benji Marshall from dominating the game.

"I think everyone knows what Benji is capable of, but what he is exactly going to do on a particular night I don't think anyone knows," Fien said.

"I don't know if Benji knows himself because he's just so impulsive.

"Against Penrith they were leading with a minute to go and he tries a cutout pass because he wants to win by eight points or something like that.

"He's a dangerous player and he's definitely one of their keys."

Fien has fond memories of last year's nail-biting 13-12 win over the Tigers to book their place in the grand final and admits Marshall was unlucky not to set up what was almost a match-winning try for his side at ANZ Stadium.

"You don't really get time to reflect on it too much," he said.

"But it was definitely intense, the most intense game that I've been a part of for as long as I can remember and definitely see-sawing.

"It could've gone either way.

"A bit of Benji magic at the end had them going down the sideline through Beau Ryan with a minute to go.

"He does it regularly. It's definitely something we'll need to try and nullify."

Bennett will give his eight State of Origin players until the last minute to prove their fitness for the game.

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