Playing against his former side the Wests Tigers for the first time since joining the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Souths fans were hopeful that his influence could jag them a win to kick-start their season.
That was not the case in the end, as the Tigers, led by a spirited James Tedesco performance, ended up 34-18 winners to record what some saw as a surprising win early on.
The loss was compounded by a knee injury to Greg Inglis, who opted to stay on the field and play on, a baffling move in the eyes of many.
Impressing was Tigers young gun Moses Suli, the subject of a recent big payday by the club, who despite a poor start turned things around and had a solid debut in the NRL.
Souths opened the scoring and things seemed to be sailing well but soon after an error from Farah, the tide turned as the Tigers started to wrestle back the momentum of the game.
Coinciding with Inglis’ knee injury and his decision to stay on the field, the Tigers scored two quick tries through prop Ava Seumanufagai and James Tedesco.
Hitting back on the stroke of half-time, it was the injured Greg Inglis who scored, staying on the field as he tried to fight off his knee injury.
Despite the Bunnies’ best efforts to get back into the contest, the quick, attacking play of the Tigers was too much to handle and after his two try assists, Suli scored a try of his own on debut to cap off a stellar start to his NRL journey.
Whilst many would have viewed coming up against Farah a distraction, Tigers captain Aaron Woods said it was about playing their own game and focusing on the key areas.
“I think the boys did really well, it was a distraction all week but we said if we focus all our attention on Robbie we wont go out and play good footy so we just wanted to worry about ourselves and do a job,” Woods said post-game.
“I don’t want him to get the better of me and he didn’t want me to get the better of him.
“It’s been a long build up but it’s just footy.”
3. James Tedesco
2. Moses Suli
- Ava Seumanufagai
Wests Tigers 34 (Ava Seumanufagai, James Tedesco, Chris Lawrence, Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks, Moses Suli tries; Mitchell Moses 5 goals) def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 (Bryson Goodwin 3, Greg Inglis tries; Bryson Goodwin 1 goals) at ANZ Stadium. Half-time: 18-8. Crowd: 16,976.