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Tigers have earned respect: Farah

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Skipper Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers have finally earned respect after their spiteful NRL win over South Sydney on Friday night.
Tigers have earned respect: Farah
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, March 22 AAP - Skipper Robbie Farah says the Wests Tigers have finally earned respect after their spiteful NRL win over South Sydney on Friday night.

In a game full of incidents, in which five players were placed on report, three were replaced due to the new concussion rules and two were sinbinned, the Tigers outmuscled Souths to claim a morale-boosting 25-16 win.

After a disappointing 44-24 round one loss to St George Illawarra, the Tigers earned their first win of the season with a record 42-12 thumping of the Gold Coast last weekend.

But said he felt his side didn't get the credit they deserved for the win over the Titans and set about proving they are an NRL force against one of the competition heavyweights in the Rabbitohs.

"We wanted to come out and earn some respect and I think we did that," Farah said.

"We came out not to get bullied.

"I was disappointed we went up to Gold Coast last week and had a great win and everyone said how bad Gold Coast were.

"We got no credit for it.

"It is another step in the right direction for us.

"Last week we set a benchmark, we have to produce that week in week out.

"Souths they are an intimidating pack, that is they way they play.

"In the past that might have got the better of us.

"Credit to our pack, the starting guys and the guys that came off the bench we matched them and then some.

"That was the most pleasing thing of the game."

Greg Inglis was knocked out in the fifth minute by a Tim Simona hit that had the Tigers centre put on report.

Inglis was later joined on the sidelines by Simona and Liam Fulton under concussion guidelines, while George Burgess, James Gavet, Bryson Goodwin and Aaron Woods were also put on report in a torrid match and Luke Burgess sinbinned for a high shot.

Luke Brooks, who had a hand in four of the Tigers' five tries, was a given 10 in the bin in the final minutes for a professional foul.

"It did get a bit fiery there," Farah said.

"That happens but we won the game so we are happy.

"It wasn't us that got nasty.

"There was a bit of emotion involved, you don't take a backward step."


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