Wests Tigers boss Justin Pascoe says club will review Robbie Farah comments
July 24 2016 - 8:07PM
Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe says the club will this week examine comments made by Robbie Farah in which he took aim at coach Jason Taylor for dumping him from the NRL side.
Taylor’s first-grade side was all smiles at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night after a 25-12 win over St George Illawarra that was secured without Farah in the line-up.
The veteran hooker had instead featured in another winning Tigers team in the Intrust Super Cup at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, after which the emotional NSW State of Origin rake questioned Taylor’s controversial decision to drop him to allow young halves, Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses, more freedom in attack.
“Our biggest problem is our defence. When JT came to the club … he said publicly that in the past we’ve been an attacking club, and I find it ironic now that he’s talking about lack of cohesion in attack when we’ve got the second-worst defence in the comp,” Farah said.
“I think the attack is the least of our problems and I think I’m the least of our problems in attack as well.”
Asked whether Farah may be sanctioned for criticising Taylor, Pascoe said his remarks would be reviewed but that the process would remain an internal one at their Concord Oval base.
“We’ll have a look at it tomorrow,” Pascoe said. “Any discussion that takes place will be done so in-house.”
On Sunday night Taylor said of Farah’s comments: "I listened carefully to those and I just think on the back of what was a really emotional week and an emotional game for Robbie … to be honest I would have preferred they weren’t said publicly, but I don’t have a public comment about it.
“It’s something that we will deal with this week in-house and that’s where it should remain.”
Farah was strongly supported at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday by many in a crowd of about 2500, a handful who brandished signs calling for Taylor’s axing. The dropping of Farah denied him what could have been a memorable celebration for his 250th NRL game at Leichhardt against the Cowboys on August 7.
But Taylor said the door was not shut on Farah, who was at the Tigers-Dragons game on Sunday.
“I think Robbie is deservedly very, very popular at the Wests Tigers because of what he has done for the club as a player,” Taylor said.
"I wasn’t surprised by [Saturday’s] turnout and the support he’s got. He deserves that type of support and he got that support. It was great.
"The decision isn’t made around anything other than this team and what we want to do going forward. They’re two different things. I respect what Robbie has done for the club and I know this is a tough call and a decision for the future.
“It’s still possible [he could play 250 NRL games this season]. We don’t know what’s around the corner.”
The Farah-Taylor feud has been a divisive subject for Tigers supporters and Pascoe urged cohesion among the fan base after an important win kept the team’s top-eight hopes well and truly alive.
“We’re an organisation that is more than one person or two people,” Pascoe said. "We’re an organisation that’s made up of over 60 contracted players, there is over 50 staff and every single person within that group of employees work their butts off to make sure this organisation is heading in the right direction.
“I understand it was an emotional day for Robbie [on Saturday] and by all reports he played well, and that’s a credit to him. As fans it’s important to remember there is still 50-60 contracted players that have worked really hard every single day.”
Pascoe returns to Concord on Monday after an overseas holiday that was planned four months ago.