The Courier-Mail

Re­jected Farah will be an awe­some re­serve-grader

- CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI

IF IT was his last home game for the Wests Tigers, what a hell of way for Rob­bie Farah to go out.

To say it had been a try­ing week for the Tigers skip­per would be an un­der­state­ment.

Coach Jason Tay­lor, with the bless­ing of the Tigers’ board, told Farah on Tues­day he was vir­tu­ally un­wanted and free to play else­where in 2016, de­spite hav­ing two more years to run on his deal.

If Farah stayed, he risked be­ing ban­ished to the NSW Cup.

So Farah re­sponded in the best pos­si­ble fash­ion by scor- ing a try and set­ting up another three in the Tigers’ 50-16 thump­ing of New Zealand War­riors.

He also made five tackle busts and 31 tack­les.

The huge vic­tory moved the Tigers off the bot­tom of the NRL lad­der. It was a fit­ting farewell for Su­per League­bound favourites Pat Richards and Keith Gal­loway.

The 6711 fans waved ban­ners, chanted the cap­tain’s name, and gen­er­ally made it clear they were Team Farah on this one.

Tay­lor was booed when he ap­peared briefly on the field be­fore kick-off.

The coach and Farah sat side by side at the press con­fer­ence, with Tay­lor re­quest­ing no ques­tions be asked about the skip­per’s fu­ture.

“Keith Gal­loway and Pat Richards had their last home games for the club, they’re le­gends of the club, and we cer­tainly don’t want to have other things dom­i­nat­ing what is a great day for those two,’’ Tay­lor said.

But Farah was happy to dis­cuss his forced exit.

“It’s been a crazy week. My fo­cus was on this game, and I tried to block (the drama) out from day one,’’ Farah said.

“I spoke on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and I wanted to speak to put it be­hind us and move on.

“I came into train­ing ev­ery day to train as hard as I could to show the boys I wasn’t go­ing to let it af­fect me or the team.

“The per­for­mance to­day speaks louder than words.’’

Asked if he could work with Tay­lor if he stayed on next year, Farah said: “From my end that’s never been a prob­lem, and it won’t be a prob­lem.”

 ??  ?? CHUG­GING ALONG NICELY: In­jured skip­per Nate Myles con­grat­u­lates his Ti­tans team­mate Dave ‘Coal­train’ Tay­lor af­ter the thrilling win over the Dragons. Pic­ture: Regi Varghese
CHUG­GING ALONG NICELY: In­jured skip­per Nate Myles con­grat­u­lates his Ti­tans team­mate Dave ‘Coal­train’ Tay­lor af­ter the thrilling win over the Dragons. Pic­ture: Regi Varghese
 ??  ?? GOT YA BACK: Skip­per Rob­bie Farah cel­e­brates a try with David No­foaluma (cen­tre) and his ju­bi­lant team­mates.
GOT YA BACK: Skip­per Rob­bie Farah cel­e­brates a try with David No­foaluma (cen­tre) and his ju­bi­lant team­mates.

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