It remains to be seen whether young half Mitchell Moses will be donning the colours of Wests Tigers or Parramatta in what shapes as an Easter Monday blockbuster.
The timing of the western Sydney derby clash adds another layer of drama to the Moses saga and it still seems highly unlikely the Tigers will reverse their decision and allow the youthful star to walk out on the final year of his deal.
Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding the game Moses did what he did best with a rock solid showing in the Tigers’ surprise triumph over a hugely disappointing Cowboys side at 1300SMILES Stadium.
Moses certainly didn’t look like a man who desperately wants out when he let out a scream of joy after his final conversion in the 80th minute and he warmly embraced teammates after they snapped their four-game losing streak.
Not even a suspected calf strain to Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston was enough to shift the limelight away from Moses in Ivan Cleary’s first game in charge.
Cleary has only been in the hot seat at the Tigers for a few days and agreed Moses still seemed committed to the Tigers cause.
“Obviously he would be (committed),” Cleary said.
“That was obvious in the way he and everybody else prepared.
“I wasn’t sure how we’d go because I don’t know them well enough but it seemed like they prepared petty well to me and they were definitely focused, you could tell that.
“There were some certainly some improvements but you can’t keep making the game that hard and expecting to win.”
Moses refused all media requests and while Cleary didn’t offer too much on the topic he did reiterate his point that he wants Moses to remain a Tiger for 2017.
“Certainly at this stage (I want him to stay) and I said that to him the other day,” he said.
“I’m still basically trying to absorb what’s happened and as I said he is part of the team.
“These kind of decisions essentially end up getting made by the boys themselves but certainly he’s part of the team and I hope he sees it that way.”