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THE MAGIC OF LEICHHARDT...a drenched Robbie Farah (right) celebrates with his team-mates during the win over the Cowboys. Will it be a case of history repeating itself this Saturday night?

When Robbie Farah speaks about Leichhardt Oval, it comes straight from the heart.

It was clear again this morning when the Wests Tigers Captain and NSW hooker turned up for the teams final training session before tomorrow nights clash against Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval.

Joining him was the Clubs latest NSW representative in prop Aaron Woods. His smile was infectious.

Asked as how Farah pulled up after Origin and how tough it would be to back up after such an intense game and a long week, the proud Leichhardt Wanderers junior summed it up perfectly.

We (Aaron and I ) are both keen to get back here. We are local boys from Leichhardt and we are wearing the Balmain Tigers heritage jerseys tomorrow so it is a big occasion for us. We cant wait to get out there, Farah said.

Im excited to get back here. I havent been around the boys for a while so it is good to be back. They had a great win last week against the Raiders and Aaron and I were really proud.

It makes it easier too by having a home game here. Leichhardt is a place we enjoy playing at and it is not hard to get up for a game here, especially against the Storm.

Farah said Woods would run onto Leichhardt Oval more of a wiser player after making his Origin debut on Wednesday night.

It was obviously not a night to remember in terms of the result but sometimes you learn a lot more from those sort of experiences and those sorts of losses, Farah explained.

It will make him a better player. He will come back here and the NRL will seem so much slower to him because of the experience up there.

The Storm have lost captain and hooker Cameron Smith as a casualty of the Origin match but Farah was not falling for the trap of taking them lightly.

We are confident. We have had a tough year but the last month we have toughed out some gritty wins. We have won three of our last four, he said.

There are some young kids there that are gaining some much valued experience. We are taking some steps in the right direction and we are slowly improving.

Melbourne are going to be tough. We enjoy playing them and we like playing here (at Leichhardt). Regardless of the result, I can guarantee we are going to put in a good performance and the rest will take care of itself.

Just like it did a few weeks back when the soaked Leichhardt Oval faithful lifted the team to victory against the Cowboys.


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