While a week of unwelcome headlines brought Robbie Farah’s future at Wests Tigers into focus, playmaker Mitchell Moses says he feels like the side’s spine is finally on the same page.
Coach Jason Taylor’s decision to bench Farah, just three days out from the NSW side being named, fuelled speculation the relationship between the pair had become unworkable.
Taylor flatly denied there was a rift at Concord while Moses described it as a media beat-up following the Tigers’ entertaining 30-14 NRL win over an injury-hit South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Taylor has maintained that he was acting in the best interests of the side, and he was to an extent vindicated as Farah played 55 minutes off the bench and scored the match-sealing try.
Farah has been forced to change his game under Taylor, and has rarely run from dummy-half or engaged the line this year – previously hallmarks of his game.
Instead, he has been told to get early ball to Moses, No.7 Luke Brooks and fullback James Tedesco, leading to questions about whether he was capable of playing with the side’s young halves.
When Moses was asked whether he felt like they were finally on the same page, Moses said: “I think so.
“We’re watching video during the week and trying to see where are the weaknesses in the sides we’re playing and trying to pick that out.
“There are a few things which we can fix up and we probably should have finished off a few more tries than what we did tonight.”
While Farah was unhappy to be demoted to the bench in favour of Dene Halatau, Moses said the NSW No.9 had not let it show.
“Robbie is just the ultimate professional,” Moses said.
“He just put everything that the media was beating up about him, he put it all aside and you saw it in his footy tonight.
“He was fine. He took it like any other player should take it and he grabbed it with both hands.
“When he did come on, his presence out there was massive.”