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Post by willow » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 5:33 pm

Leichhardt rocks in Tigers romp
By Dan Walsh, Staff Writer
NRL.com
5:00pm Sun 06th April, 2014

Long renowned as the competition’s entertainers, the Tigers confirmed their status as genuine finals contenders with a 34-18 drubbing of the previously high-flying Sea Eagles.

The Tigers wound back the clock with a peerless display of wet weather football as they ran in five tries against a disappointing Manly outfit, and had the 16,311 fans who braved the atrocious sleeting conditions on their feet throughout the match.

The game’s loudest cheer was reserved for a 61st minute streaker, who braved the sub-Antarctic climate in nothing but a pair of aqua reg grundies, but unlike the marauding invader Manly had little to cover their shame as the visitors made 16 errors in a performance that will make for a tough video session later in the week.

Taking little heed of the same defence that held the premiers scoreless last week, the Tigers got away to a flying start when skipper Robbie Farah took advantage of Brett Stewart making a tackle the previous play and finding himself out of position.

Deftly grubbering into a Manly in-goal bereft of their fullback, the NSW hooker diligently pursued his effort and eventually got a hand to his own kick inches inside the dead-ball line to give the Tigers an early 6-0 lead, and Pat Richards extended the lead to eight in the 19th minute with a simple penalty goal from in front.

While the Tigers played smart wet weather footy, keeping plays simple and punching through the middle of the ruck, Manly proved their own worst enemy as they uncharacteristically pushed passes and completed 10 of their 17 sets for the first half.

In front of their Leichhardt faithful for the first time this year the Tigers were relentless, and when Manly’s resolve eventually cracked the tries came like London buses, one following immediately after the other.

First flying winger David Nofoaluma slid over out wide courtesy of an overlap in the 24th minute, though the youngster’s second try of the season was lost amongst the mire of a melee, sparked by heated words between Steve Matai and Adam Blair.

Ninety seconds later reserve prop Matin Taupau charged upfield like an errant buffalo on nearby King St from the ensuing kick off, powering his way up over the halfway line and skittling Manly’s much vaunted forward pack in the process. Buoyed by Taupau’s run, the Tigers surged forward and Chris Lawrence completed the inevitable when he shrugged off two would-be defenders before stumbling his way over for the Tigers third, and Richards again converting for 20-0 lead after 27 minutes.

With half-time approaching the Tigers could do no wrong and Aaron Woods capped a bullish first half in which he ran for over 100 metres when he surged through a worryingly large hole in the Sea Eagles’ goal-line defence for his first try in over a year in the 32nd minute.

The young bookend almost found himself with a rare double just six minutes later in the wash-up of yet another Manly dropped ball on their own line. however his second try of the afternoon was disallowed after he was ruled to be accidentally offside following a Petu Hiku dropped ball.

With the Tigers displaying tremendous control – they completed 91 per cent of their first sets and enjoyed 66 per cent of possession – the Sea Eagle’s needed something special, and an audacious chip from Jamie Lyon inside his own 20 metres what the doctor ordered, with the ball sitting up for flying Brett Stewart, and an ensuing penalty for slowing the play down sent the Sea Eagles well downfield.

From the ensuing set, with the scoreboard clock already indicating the half-time siren should have sounded, a Kieran Foran chip kick found his skipper and Lyon’s contentious touchdown gave the Sea Eagles a sliver of hope heading into the sheds down 26-6.

The Tigers began the second half in the same rich vein as the first, with a short kick off handing them prime field position, and yet another Farah grubber kick forcing repeat sets to keep the Sea Eagles under the pump.

Manly had to be the next to score following the resumption, and by all rights should have been, but centre Matai neglected to pass to an unmarked Hiku on his outside and found himself held up over the line by desperate goal line defence.

It proved to be the last chance the Sea Eagles got, as errors crept into both sides in the wet, and in the 53rd minute Nofoaluma scurried across for his second as Manly again coughed up possession in the own half to put the match beyond the visitors' reach.

Matai did belatedly get himself across the line twice more in the 60th and 76th minutes, touching down for Manly’s second and third tries, and while Manly threatened briefly the Tigers closed out the match with another Richards penalty goal for their 10th win in their past 14 starts at Leichhardt.

Wests Tigers 34 (Nofoaluma 2, Farah, Lawrence, Woods tries; Richards 7 goals) def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 18 (Matai 2, Lyon tries; 3 Lyon goals) at Leichhardt Oval. Crowd: 16, 311


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Post by LCA » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 6:21 pm

"confirmed their status as genuine finals contenders"? Huh...I thought we were the favourites for the wooden spoon? A great display of footy today by the entire squad. Much praise to Potter and co. and the leadership of Robbie. This is a seriously good footy side. I think they will show it in the weeks ahead. I am wet (from the rain ...lol....and my members' seat has me in the first couple of rows in the stand FFS) and feeling poorly but I am so glad I went to see it. Hats off to all the folk on the hill who endured it too. A great day all round for every Tigers fan.

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Post by Newtown » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 6:23 pm

LCA wrote:"confirmed their status as genuine finals contenders"? Huh...I thought we were the favourites for the wooden spoon? A great display of footy today by the entire squad. Much praise to Potter and co. and the leadership of Robbie. This is a seriously good footy side. I think they will show it in the weeks ahead. I am wet (from the rain ...lol....and my members' seat has me in the first couple of rows in the stand FFS) and feeling poorly but I am so glad I went to see it. Hats off to all the folk on the hill who endured it too. A great day all round for every Tigers fan.
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Post by willow » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 8:25 pm

Wests Tigers race to 34-18 win over Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval
ABC Grandstand - Updated 2 hours 33 minutes ago

Wests Tigers have handed Manly a wet weather footballing lesson in a 34-18 win at a sodden Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers totally dominated the first half, scoring four-tries-to-one and went to the sheds ahead 26-6 after a late Jamie Lyon try that gave the Sea Eagles some hope of a comeback.

But that hope all but evaporated when David Nofoaluma scored his second try in the 53rd minute to put the Tigers out to 32-6 with Pat Richards' conversion.

In one of their worst performances for some time Manly's poor ball handling that punctuated the first stanza continued in the second.

But the Tigers were worthy winners before 16,311 fans, dominating the ruck through Robbie Farah and the yardage and showing they are genuine premiership contenders.

In driving rain with the wind on their backs the Tigers blew Manly off the park in the opening half to the extent that the Sea Eagles had to wait until the 35th minute for their first play-the-ball in Wests' 20m zone.

Tigers skipper Robbie Farah started things off in the eighth minute when he grubbered through for himself.

With that conversion and a penalty goal the Tigers led 8-0 after 20 minutes led up front by Aaron Woods with Marty Taupau later adding significant punch off the bench.

Nofoaluma scored out wide when the Tigers went through the hands in the 24th minute and when Chris Lawrence's hard-running could not be stopped three minutes later the home side led 20-0.

Woods then crashed over untouched one pass off the ruck next to the posts and with another Pat Richards goal the Tigers had jumped out to a 26-0 lead after 34 minutes.

Manly finally got on the board in the 40th minute when Jamie Lyon caught a Kieran Foran kick and then converted for a 26-6 score at the break.

Farah complained Manly's final play-the-ball had come after time, and officials later said the automated siren did not go off.

"That's an issue for the club to get better sirens," referee Ashley Klein told Farah.

That incident steeled the Tigers after the break and they did well to keep rolling forward through the second half into the wind as Steve Matai scored a double.

Brett Stewart had a forgettable return at full-back for Manly, dropping a number of balls in his first game since round one. Glenn Stewart missed the game through concussion suffered last week.

Tim Simona was solid in his return from injury for the Tigers, while a James Tedesco ankle complaint took some of the gloss off the win. He went off in the 50th minute and did not return.

Wests Tigers: 34 (D Nofoaluma 2, R Farah, C Lawrence, A Woods tries; P Richards 5 cons, pen)

Manly: 18 (S Matai 2, J Lyon tries; J Lyon 3 cons)

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Post by willow » Sun 06 Apr, 2014 8:33 pm

NRL taking notice of Tigers: Farah
April 6, 2014 - 7:31PM
James Macsmith - SMH


Skipper Robbie Farah says the NRL is starting to sit up and take notice of a Wests Tigers side rated as pre-season wooden spoon fancies, after a comprehensive win over Manly at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers completely dismantled last year's grand finalists in driving rain, leading 26-0 after 34 minutes before running out 34-18 victors.

Coupled with a gritty round three win over South Sydney, the round five defeat of the Sea Eagles has heralded the Tigers as genuine finals contenders.

"I think they (other teams) will be taking notice," Farah said.

"It was another good win for us, and it is a step in the right direction. We were really disappointed with our loss to the Warriors last week and the challenge for us now is to be consistent.

"I think there's a quiet confidence already within the squad and within the joint. We've had a couple of losses this year but in those losses, it's been more that we threw the game away rather than us playing poorly.

"I thought last week the score didn't reflect the way we played, so we took some positives out of that. Knocking off one of the premiership favourites is a big win for us."

First half tries to Farah, David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence, and Aaron Woods blew Manly away. The Tigers dominated to such an extent that Manly didn't play the ball in the Tigers 20m zone until the 35th minute.

Jamie Lyon crossed just before halftime before Nofoaluma's double in the 53rd minute sealed the win before Manly centre Steve Matai scored a late double.

Farah rated the win one of the joint venture's best at the famed venue.

"That was right up there," he said.

"It was a real tough one. Manly is a great side, so whenever you beat a team like them - I don't think we've beaten them in a while - it's always a good win. We've had some special nights here and special afternoons, so it's another one to add to the list."

Woods led the way up front for the Tigers with Farah awarded man of the match for his controlling performance around the ruck.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey said his side struggled early and never recovered.

"They out-enthused us," he said.

"They got the momentum and it was very hard to stop."

When asked if Manly suffered any injuries Toovey replied: "just our pride".

There are injury concerns for the Tigers with fullback James Tedesco leaving the field in the second half with an ankle injury. He was scheduled for scans on Sunday night, the results of which should be known on Monday afternoon. However Tigers medical staff said the injury wasn't thought to be serious.

Fullback Brett Stewart had a game to forget in his return from a hamstring injury suffered in round one, dropping a number of balls.

His brother Glenn was ruled out (concussion/ankle) but Toovey said he would be fit for Manly's round six clash against Cronulla on Sunday.

Liam Fulton and Tim Simona were both impressive in their return from concussion for the Tigers.

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