Team first or fairy tale ending? What does Michael Maguire do with Robbie Farah if a finals berth is on the line?August 20, 2019
BY SCOTT DILLON
Here is a prickly question sure to cause divide between Wests Tigers fans. What does coach Michael Maguire do with Robbie Farah if the retiring veteran can make a miraculous return from injury with a finals spot on the line?
A heap of things need to go right for Wests Tigers to even get to that position.
Right now they sit 11th and need to keep winning. That starts with a crucial clash against Newcastle this Saturday at Campbelltown.
Farah is gunning for a miracle and has made no secret he wants to play the round 25 game against the Sharks at Leichhardt Oval. This despite fracturing his tibia a few weeks back.
“Bone fractures needs a minimum four to six weeks to heal, and bigger bones take long, and the tibia is a bigger bone,” highly-respected doctor Nathan Gibbs told The Sydney Morning Herald recently.
“It’s also the main load-bearing bone and where the main body-weight pressure goes through.
“If Robbie did try to play on with a crack in his tibia, he then runs the risk of completely fracturing the bone.”
Let’s say Wests Tigers get through the next few weeks and they have a chance to claim their first playoffs appearance since 2011. You could assume in that time, Farah’s expected replacement Josh Reynolds has done a pretty good job. Better still, he’s fit and healthy. Rookie Soni Luke is another option to come into the squad.
It all rides on a win against the Sharks at Leichhardt (if they beat the Knights and St George Illawarra before that).
Can Maguire risk a spot in the 17 by playing Farah?
How fit will he be?
“I’ve got my head around it all and accepted the fact I probably won’t play another game,” Farah said on Monday.
“But at the same time I’ll do everything I can to defy the odds and get back out there.”
Should it be Farah’s call?
Does Maguire put the team first?
Farah has been a legend of the Wests Tigers club but not everybody gets the fairy tale ending.