Wests Tigers are divided, says Fifita

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    Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall have emphatically denied it, but according to their former teammate Andrew Fifita, the rumours are true: the Wests Tigers are a divided club.

    Along with fellow prop Bryce Gibbs, Fifita was unwanted by the Tigers for this season, and the pair have quickly found their feet with resurgent Cronulla, who are now on a four-match hot streak.

    The Tigers, 1-5 to start the season, have struggled with form and injuries in the forwards this year, with many suggesting they made a big mistake by turning their back on game-breaking Fifita and players’ favourite Gibbs.

    Speaking after the Sharks’ win over St George Illawarra on Saturday night, Fifita didn’t sugarcoat what he perceives are the differences between his old club and the Sharks.

    “We have an unbelievable bond, we’re so tight. Compared to the Tigers everyone is so tight,” Fifita told Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.

    “We have the same dressing rooms, it’s just more of a friendship. We’re all just brothers and it’s no split groups, no nothing, it’s who we are.”

    Fifita’s comments won’t impress the senior playing group at the Tigers, who have publicly taken offence on numerous occasions to innuendo suggesting the squad is broken into factions.

    The underrated Gibbs has been quietly going about his business for the Sharks since returning from injury and like Fifita, had arguably his best performance in Cronulla colours against the Dragons.

    Gibbs was a passionate clubman for the Tigers, popular among teammates and a front-rower with good line-speed and a willingness to get his hands dirty.

    “He’s the glue to any team he’ll be in,” responded Gibbs’ front-row partner Ben Ross when asked if the Tigers would regret letting the Western Suburbs junior go given their current predicament.

    “He gets the boys together and we have a lot of fun around him and he makes us more of a team than people would really see.

    “He’s that guy that will put on that sneaky little hit that you need or do the little crappy things that other people don’t want to do.

    “He’s there and doing that and it’s good to have him by my side.”

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    • April 10th 2012 @ 10:13am
      Gareth said | April 10th 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      Hah. He makes it sound like the first team regulars all share a dressing room and then down the hall there’s a couple of rooms with stars on the door for Benji and Robbie. And somewhere, Tim Sheens is beating shopkeepers to death with their own shoes to get his hands on a thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass or they won’t take the field.

    • April 10th 2012 @ 12:50pm
      oikee said | April 10th 2012 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      Yeah, not a laughing matter really. You only had to see Rob Farah’s response on the fox show the other night to know there is a problem. If there was no problem he would not have had to react. Plus Johns knows there is a problem.
      This sounds like a club with one to many superstars, yes, i agree Gareth, Robbie and Benji are not on the same page, separate rooms, and Robbie has got his restarant as well, another conflict of interest while he should be concentrating on the next game, you buy these things after your finished footy.
      Something has to give.

    • April 13th 2012 @ 10:46am
      Blaze said | April 13th 2012 @ 10:46am | ! Report

      Knowing fafita and his brothers, and Gibbs for that matter, it was a comment that was conceived well before the show for this exact kind of effect… Good work boys…lol everyone knows Bryce is a s&$t stirrer…. Glad to see he hasn’t lost his touch… Lol the bloke can make anyone do what he wants… Champion guy, wish he was still at the tigers.

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