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Braith Anasta is confident he will be right to return from injury for Wests Tigers this Friday night in a crucial match against the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.

Anasta has not played since suffering a groin injury in the heart breaking loss to St George-Illawarra Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground in round six.

If passed fit to play, Anasta is determined to help end the teams run of seven consecutive losses.


Ive trained as hard as I can for the past few weeks, so hopefully I can play this Friday, Anasta said today.

You feel a bit helpless on the sideline so if I can get out there and help in any way I can, I love to.

It has been tough (on the sidelines). Being one of the leaders, you try and work out how to get ourselves out of this at the moment and try to get a win.

I think our form is a mental thing. From the outside looking in as an injured player last Friday, a lot of it is mental and it is about getting everyone in the right frame of mind. It is about getting your confidence up and getting everyone to believe in you.

Mick Potter is doing a great job. It is a tough time for him and for all of us. We just have to keep working hard together to get out of it. We trust Mick and what he does and we believe in him.

Anasta also suggested five-eighth Benji Marshall would return to his best form soon after starting the match against Souths off the interchange bench.

His reaction to being on the bench was amazing. He has been really positive, Anasta said.

Benji has been doing extras on and off the field. You will see a turnaround in him and his form in weeks to come. He has been putting the hard work in.