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Six minutes in to the round eight fixture against Melbourne Storm on the Central Coast of New South Wales, many pundits thought the Wests Tigers season had ended. Superstar five-eight Benji Marshall had dislocated his right shoulder tackling winger Israel Folau, it was his fourth dislocation in as many years.
The Wests Tigers, led by the brilliant Robbie Farah, in a business like fashion went on to defeat Melbourne 30-12 and have since won four from five games. The only blemish since being Benji-less was losing to Parramatta 38-8 in their most disappointing performance of the season.
Keep this in mind, with Benji Marshall, the Tigers had won two games and lost four in 2007. The Wests Tigers opened the season losing four games in a row and no one expected them to improve minus their superstar five-eight.
Best Player: Robbie Farah
Robbie Farah is currently leading the Dally M Medal race in 2007.
You would not get many arguments if you suggested there has been no better player over the first half of the NRL season than Robbie Farah who has been fantastic this season for the Wests Tigers. The loss of Benji Marshall has added responsibility to his game and he has thrived with that added pressure.