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Farah fires as Tigers edge closer to breaking finals drought

Farah, who announced he would retire during the week, hung around after the game for a special presentation and told the orange, white and black army: “I love this place so much. That’s two wins in a row, now let’s build some momentum the next five weeks – there are five games to go and we will do everything we can to get back into the finals.”

Farah then broke into some traditional Lebanese dancing as the drummers returned. His proud father, Peter, led the team song.

“Robbie has been playing some really good footy, he’s playing really composed and understands what the team needs,” Tigers coach Michael Maguire said.

“As much as he’s a big competitor, he’s playing a really controlled game for us.”

The 28-4 win momentarily moved the Tigers above Brisbane and Penrith into seventh spot.

Farah quipped before the Cowboys clash there were 10 games left in his career – six in the regular season and four during September.

Robbie Farah.

Robbie Farah.Credit:NRL Photos

While a premiership is wishful thinking this season, finals footy for the first time since 2011 would be something worth cherishing, especially in Farah’s last year and Maguire’s first at the helm.

Maguire would have loved the way the players rallied around Farah including halfback Luke Brooks, who laid on three tries, and centre Esan Marsters who crossed for a double.

Even club favourite Chris Lawrence chimed in late with a wonderful try off a Brooks short ball.

The Cowboys were always going to be more dangerous with Morgan back on deck, and their monster forward pack was enough to convince Maguire to drop Jacob Liddle and go with four forwards on the bench.

But the match was as good as over after 20 minutes with Marsters, Farah and Paul Momirovski crashing over for tries.

The Cowboys had four straight sets early but were not good enough to come up with any points.

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When they did cross through Kyle Feldt later in the first half, the Cowboys were pinged for an obstruction when Brooks was ruled to have been taken out by Shane Wright.

Cowboys coach Paul Green said: “There were a couple of decisions that went against us early, which I don’t necessarily agree with.

“We need to move on from those, but you can’t discount it either. It make sa huge difference in the context of the game. We had two tries taken off us in the first half, which were questionable in my opinion – one was a forward pass, then the obstruction.”

Tigers skipper Moses Mbye produced some decent shots in defence early, David Nofoaluma ran the ball with purpose, Corey Thompson showed plenty of bravery when he leapt and slowed down a rampaging Jason Taumalolo in full flight, and Ryan Matterson was his usual workhorse self.

Should the Tigers beat Canterbury next Saturday, it will set up a thrilling final month of the season for the club, their long-suffering supporters – and Farah.

WESTS TIGERS 28 (E Marsters 2 R Farah C Lawrence P Momirovski tries M Mbye 3 Momirovski goals) bt NORTH QUEENSLAND 4 (K Feldt try) at Leichhardt Oval. Referees: Jon Stone, Grant Atkins. Crowd: 10,016.

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