Fantastic Farah keeps Tigers’ season alive
ROBBIE Farah has turned back the clock with a match-winning performance in the Wests Tigers' heart-stopping 20-16 upset victory over St George Illawarra.
Farah was absolutely superb at Jubilee Stadium in his second game back for his beloved Tigers after his switch from South Sydney.
Ahead of his milestone 250th game for the Tigers against the Rabbitohs this coming Saturday, Farah played a huge part in all three of the Tigers' tries to keep their season alive.
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Reuniting with his old mate Benji Marshall, back together for the first time since round 26 2013, the veterans tormented the Dragons who looked totally off their game for most of the match before staging a late fightback.
Following their miracle comeback to beat Parramatta two weeks back, the Dragons very nearly did it again with two tries in the final 10 minutes setting up a grandstand finish.
Sporting a peroxide blonde hairdo after losing a World Cup bet on England, Gareth Widdop played a hand in two late tries but ultimately the clock beat them to give the Tigers a crucial win in the context of their season.
Farah set up the Tigers' only first-half try scored by Luke Brooks as they went to the break locked at 6-all.
Brooks scored their only try after some clever dummy-half play from Farah when Farah shaped to kick close to the line but played out the back to open a hole for his halfback.
Ben Hunt scored a terrific solo try when he stepped past Chris Lawrence and Elijah Taylor and scooted past Russell Packer to lock the scores in the 15th minute.
Paul Vaughan was denied a try when the ball from James Graham was judged to be forward.
The Tigers also had two tries in the first half disallowed, with Kevin Naiqama losing possession of a Brooks grubber in the 5th minute, while a pass from Marshall to Michael Chee Kam was also ruled forward.
But in the second half Farah and Marshall really took charge.
Farah set up a terrific try when he shot out of dummy half and found Moses Mbye in support who lofted a long pass out to Corey Thompson to touchdown in the 46th minute.
Marshall continued to cause all sorts of problems with his towering bombs, while Farah's work out of dummy half was just wonderful.
For the next try Farah touched the ball three times before threading a neat grubber through for David Nofolauma to score in the corner.
A penalty goal to Esan Marsters extended their lead to 20-6.
The Dragons put themselves back in the game when Widdop got a great bounce from a Hunt chip kick to pull the margin back to 20-12 heading into the final 10 minutes.
And then they set up a grandstand finish when Widdop and Luciano Leilua combined with Leilua producing an inside ball for a flying Matt Dufty to make it 20-16 heading into the final five minutes.
But the Tigers refused to surrender their lead.
WESTS TIGERS 20 (L Brooks D Nofoaluma C Thompson tries E Marsters 4 goals) bt ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 16 (M Dufty B Hunt G Widdop tries G Widdop 2 goals) at Jubilee Oval. Referee: Ben Cummins, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski. Crowd: 15,992