Robbie Farah’s future at the Wests Tigers remains clouded despite his starring role in the joint venture’s 50-16 rout of the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday.
Farah responded to management’s request last week for him to look for another club next season with a consummate performance, scoring one try and setting up another three as the Tigers moved off the bottom of the NRL ladder.
The 6,711 people in attendance made their feelings known when they broke into a “Robbie” chant regularly, with many in the stands brandishing signs in support of the Tigers skipper.
After the match, Farah said he was not treating it as his last in Tigers’ colours at the venue.
“It was pretty amazing, I think Luke Brooks even said he got goosebumps hearing (the Robbie chant) and it wasn’t even his name,” Farah said.
“You can just imagine how it felt for me. The support and to hear that and to see how everyone was behind me, it’s just been overwhelming.
“To be honest, when I scored that try and the chant went up, I had a tear in the eye. It’s pretty emotional.”
Farah said he would have no problem working with coach Jason Taylor next year, after he had asked him to move on to free up salary cap space.
Taylor praised Farah’s effort.
“Robbie and I have worked together all week and that’s why we got that performance,” Taylor said.
“It was a good performance and a fitting performance.”
The fans also let Taylor know their feelings towards him, roundly booing him as he came from the field following the warm up.
The Tigers jumped to 14th on the NRL ladder with the two points but Penrith can move back ahead with a win over Canberra on Monday night.
Wests ensured Keith Galloway and Pat Richards went out winners in their final home games for the club.
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden admitted there were some on his team who simply weren’t up to scratch after suffering their seventh loss in a row.
Fullback Sam Tomkins’ NRL career is likely over after he injured his ankle trying to chase down a runaway Tim Simona in the second half.
Charlie Gubb faces scrutiny from the match review committee after he was put on report for two shoulder charges.
“We’re a boat full of holes and we’re trying to plug one at a time,” McFadden said.
“At the moment we’ve got some senior blokes that are flogging their guts out, some young kids that are inexperienced and learning the hard way and some guys that probably aren’t up to it.”