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Farah slams Tigers' NRL defence
Russell Jackson
20:04 AEST Wed Aug 8 2012

Captain Robbie Farah has challenged his Wests Tigers teammates to lift defensively or risk NRL oblivion in 2012.

The Tigers produced a magical second-half display of attacking rugby league to come back from 22-6 down to beat cellar-dwelling Parramatta 51-26 on Monday night.

Led by the mercurial Benji Marshall, the Tigers ran in nine tries including four to rookie winger Marika Koroibete but it's the five four-pointers conceded Farah is worried about.

With four rounds remaining, the Tigers are eighth on the ladder and play 12th-placed St George Illawarra at Allianz Stadium on Saturday and Farah says big improvement is needed from the joint venture.

"The 50 points, I guess, was pleasing but, defensively, we let ourselves down and there's a lot we need to work on for us to compete against the top sides in this competition," Farah said.

"What we threw up on Monday night was not good enough. Our mojo is not back. Come and talk to me in three or four weeks if we've strung a couple of wins together.

"We've only won a game and I don't think teams will be worried about us at the moment."

One thing Farah was pleased about was Marshall's return to form after the halfback carved the hapless Eels to pieces.

"I know Benji's been a bit hard on himself and he's been a bit down with his performances in the last few weeks," Farah said.

"He was up for a big game and it was really pleasing to see him somewhere back to his best.

"For us to improve and keep improving, we need Benji playing well. He's so important to us and, when he's playing well, we are always going to be a chance of winning a game."


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