Josh Reynolds described Robbie Farah’s head injury as the scariest thing he has seen on a football field, as the Wests Tigers hooker’s hospitalisation further soured their 36-4 NRL loss to Canterbury.
The NSW No.9 is in doubt for the June 1 State of Origin series opener after being stretchered from the field with neck soreness after colliding with the hip of the Canterbury playmaker at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Tigers doctors said Farah’s hospitalisation was precautionary, and added he was in good spirits before being taken away, however he is no certainty to play before Origin I in Sydney on June 1.
It’s another blow for the Tigers veteran who missed the opening three rounds with a knee problem.
“Robbie’s okay, he had a bit of pain in his neck, which is why he’s gone to hospital but the doctor says it’s just precautionary,” Tigers coach Jason Taylor said.
“It was pretty clear it was serious and we were all concerned about him. We don’t know 100 per cent one way or another but the doctors are confident he’ll be fine.”
Farah was knocked unconscious after running into Reynolds’ hip as the Canterbury playmaker put in a kick in the 23rd minute.
The force of the impact was so great that Reynolds was walking around with an ice pack on his hip afterwards.
“It was very scary and you don’t want to see that happen to anyone,” Reynolds said.
“I’ve seen his lip moving a bit and it’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever seen on the field.”
The loss – the Tigers’ seventh in their last eight games – reapplied pressure on Taylor.
The side was struck a below before kick off when Sauaso Sue was ruled out with a rib injury while Josh Aloiai did not come out for the second half with concussion.
The Tigers skipped out to an 18-0 lead before returning Tigers skipper Aaron Woods combined with Mitchell Moses to give the home side a sniff.
However the Dogs’ relentless go-forward proved too much with prop David Klemmer leading the way with 196 metres with the victory giving them momentum after being inconsistent in the opening rounds.
“We played well in patches and we had to win and win well,” coach Des Hasler said.
“It’s something that gives us a bit of a platform to build on.”
Tigers winger Justin Hunt will come under the scrutiny of the match review committee after an ugly coathanger tackle on Dogs halfback Moses Mbye.