Robbie Farah has left Wests Tigers management red-faced after leading his side to a 50-16 NRL win over the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium.
After being told he was unwanted by the club next year, Farah starred with a try and set up another two on Sunday as the Tigers lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder.
“Robbie” chants sprang up regularly, including when he was replaced midway through the second half, as the 6711 fans in attendance showed their appreciation.
They also let Tigers coach Jason Taylor know their feelings towards him, roundly booing him as he came from the field following the warm up.
The match was likely Farah’s last in the black, white and orange at Campbelltown after being given an ultimatum: find another club or play reserve grade next year.
The loss was the Warriors’ seventh in a row and looks set to be the last game of English fullback Sam Tomkins’ NRL career after he went from the field with a knee injury in the second half.
The Tigers ensured Keith Galloway and Pat Richards’ final home games for the club were memorable with a nine-tries-to-three romp.
The Tigers’ outside men including Tim Simona and Kevin Naiqama dined out in the second half while young halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses had their best games all year.
However, it was Farah who led the charge, putting in a strong audition for any club who might be interested in his services.
After the Warriors snatched an early 6-0 lead through Albert Vete, it was all Tigers for the rest of the half as Farah sparked them to life.
A “Robbie” chant went up around Campbelltown Stadium when Farah burrowed over on the back of a Simona break down the left edge.
Farah then set up the Tigers’ next two tries to give them an 18-6 advantage at the break.
After putting Curtis Sironen through a hole, he backed up and produced a sensational flick pass to put Brooks over.
Five minutes later, he stabbed the ball into the in-goal for Dene Halatau as the home side took the ascendancy.
The second half was just six minutes old when James Tedesco put Simona into a hole and proceeded to make Tomkins – who left the field soon after – look ordinary by running around him with ease.
It was a steady procession of Tigers tries for the rest of the half as Naiqama, David Nofoaluma, Richards and Martin Taupau were able to get on the scoreboard.
The Warriors will also be facing a nervous wait over Charlie Gubb after he was put on report for two shoulder charges.