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Captain Robbie Farah knows a win over Cronulla on Friday night would go a long way to setting the team up for a serious launch at the finals.

Wests Tigers might be sitting in 14th place on 14 points but remain just one win out of the top eight such is the congestion in the middle of the ladder.

With a bye next weekend, Farah says a win over the Sharks is very important with the team coming off a good victory over Melbourne Storm.

We have kind of slowly rebuilt our season to the point now where if we win tomorrow night heading into the bye next week, it really sets up pretty well heading into the last eight weeks of the competition, the NSW hooker said.

A loss pretty much means we will have our work cut out making the semis. With a win tomorrow night heading into the bye with two home games after that at Leichhardt and Campbelltown, we give ourselves a realistic chance.

Farah said the key to victory was matching the big mobile Sharks pack in the middle.

They have got the most metres gained in any team in the NRL in terms of forward metres, offloads and tackle breaks, Farah said.

We need to limit their opportunities. If we can do that, we can compete with them and give ourselves a chance of winning the game.

Farah said the Sharks would be a different proposition to the team beaten by North Qld Cowboys in Townsville last weekend even without inspirational skipper Paul Gallen. The last time the two sides met the Sharks beat Wests Tigers 30-6 at Allianz Stadium in round 9.

Playing at Sharks Stadium wont trouble Wests Tigers. The club has won seven of the 10 matches between the two teams at the ground since 2000 with Wests Tigers enjoying a 15-6 winning streak over the Sharks.

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