South Sydney's Robbie Farah, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against Manly in round two.
South Sydney's Robbie Farah, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against Manly in round two. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Farah forming lethal combination with Cook

Robbie Farah's move to South Sydney is shaping as a raging success, based on his impact in the first two rounds.

Farah, 33, who will play his 250th NRL match in Souths' clash against Newcastle at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday, has quickly made an impact in his work with fellow-hooker Damien Cook.

Although they have been on the field together for only 40 of a possible 160 minutes, Souths have scored five tries in that time - for an aggregate scoreboard of 28-4 - compared to four in the rest of the time when they haven't been paired.

Pleased with those initial results from dual dummy-halves working in unison, coach Michael Maguire said he had enjoyed working out how to best use the pair.

"The fact that Cookie can slot in as a lock position and so can Robbie, and Robbie can play in the halves.

"When you build a bit of momentum, Cookie can go into dummy-half, he's quick. If you find a fatigued player out there he can obviously capitalise on that.

"An option that having those two blokes on the field is very handy."

The combination proved critical against Manly last week with the score going from 20-18 to 38-18 while their were on the field together.



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