Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah reflected post-match on becoming just the 39th player in Premiership history to reach the 300-game milestone — saying it was a special occasion for his family and friends after a rollercoaster rugby league career.
Farah had close to 100 of his closest family and friends at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium in Newcastle on Friday night, and said that the thrilling win over the Knights was made even sweeter by being able to celebrate with them post-match.
“In weeks like this, you reflect on what it took to get here because you can’t just get here on your own," Farah said. "Madge can tell you that with the number of people I had here tonight in the sheds and at the game celebrating with me.
“Every single one of them had a part in my career and helping me.
"It means more to them than it does to me, to be honest.
"Without them here supporting me tonight it wouldn’t have meant anything to me.
“I’m just really grateful because there were some really tough times throughout my career, and it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. I’m a lucky man because if I didn’t have the support network behind me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.
"They’ve pushed me along and hopefully they’re proud of me tonight.”
After a slow start saw the Knights lead 12-0 inside the opening 10 minutes of the game, Farah said he was impressed and pleased with the way the side responded to score 28 points and control a back-and-forth second half to emerge victorious.
Milestone man Farah gets a try
"I’m proud of the boys that we showed a fair bit of character at 12-0 down in the game because it probably could have gone either way there," he said.
"After last week and the words from Madge, it was great to get a response and come in a half-time with a lead. It meant in the second half we just found a way to win and, with our season on the line, that was the message all week.
“It wasn’t about my milestone game because that doesn’t get you a win unless you show up and be prepared to get the win.
"I'm proud of the boys that we could find a way to win and keep our season alive."
As for keeping a possible fairytale run going next week when the side takes on the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval?
“We’re back at home next week so if we can build a bit of momentum, then anything is possible,” Farah said.
Match: Wests Tigers v Cowboys
Round 20 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney