You could be mistaken for thinking it was 2014 or thereabouts, such was the stellar display of Robbie Farah in the Wests Tigers win over the Manly Sea Eagles.
Farah led from the front and guided the side to a solid 20-6 win at the Tigers spiritual home in Leichhardt Oval.
With the wet weather playing a part for much of the first half, it was a low-scoring affair at the break as Manly led 2-0.
A more interesting moment of the first half came when Manly back-rower Curtis Sironen went over the line to score a try.
It was pulled back, however, upon video review, after referee Adam Gee impeded Tigers fullback Corey Thompson.
The wet weather and slippery conditions made ball-handling difficult, as both sides made errors.
As the second half began, the Tigers would firstly lock things up at 2-all with an Esan Marsters penalty goal.
That elusive try would soon arrive, when Farah reacted quickest to a grubber from Luke Brooks that ricocheted off Sironen’s knee.
The Tigers would then extend their lead when debutant Luke Garner got over the line after good lead-up from Marshall.
The icing on the cake came when Farah, who proved he still has juice left in the tank, dummied and darted over from dummy half.
There was a late consolation for Manly very late on with a Jorge Taufua try but it was, on the whole, disappointing from Manly.
Their poor ball control and lack of execution disappointed Manly coach Des Hasler post-game.
“It’s great to defend back-to-back sets but we didn’t manage our time in possession and 24 sets with the ball just isn’t going to get it done,” Hasler said.
“Because of that weight of possession, you just give them field position and tries come off ricochets and repeat sets.
“Their kicking game was really strong. Defensively I thought we put in really well but they were much more disciplined with the ball in the second half.”
The man of the hour, Farah, was just pleased to play at Leichhardt once more and make his presence felt.
“It’s something I never thought would happen so to come back here and score a couple of tries,” he said.
“After that second try when the crowd was going off, I took a moment to soak it all in.
“These moments are running out for me so I’m just trying to lap them up when I’m here.”
NRL News Player of the Game
3. Robbie Farah
2. Luke Garner
- Benji Marshall