It was a season fraught with off-field controversy for the NSW VB Blues dummy-half, with Robbie Farah’s relationship with Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor well documented throughout the year. Just one week after performing well in the State of Origin arena, Taylor saw it fit to relegate his experienced hooker to the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, refusing to hand him an NRL return for the remainder of the year.
It goes without saying that a player of Farah’s class would have preferred to be playing regular NRL – a competition he will return to via South Sydney in 2017. In his three games for the Tigers’ Intrust Super Premiership NSW outfit, however, he well and truly proved that he was a class above the rest and it was a sight to behold for all on those on hand to see it.
Farah first played in the lower competition in Round 20 against the Newtown Jets, putting on a show at Leichhardt Oval. He provided three simple try assists and four line-break assists in the 42-24 victory, before laying on one more assist, scoring a try and making two line-breaks two weeks later against the Panthers. Perhaps his best performance came against the Magpies in Round 23, with another try, two try-assists and two line-breaks to cap off a convincing cameo appearance for an already-strong Tigers outfit.