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Rising Wests Tigers maul Cowboys

Post by willow » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 9:59 pm

Rising Wests Tigers maul Cowboys
By Matt Encarnacion, Western Sydney Correspondent
NRL.com
9:20pm Sat 12th April, 2014

The Wests Tigers have registered a hard fought 16-4 victory over North Queensland at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday night.

Yet it may have come at serious cost, with captain Robbie Farah leaving the field late in the game with a possible dislocated elbow.

In front of a poor crowd of 6456, the joint venture club backed up last week's impressive win with a professional victory over a Cowboys side that never really found their rhythm.

Despite missing key men James Tedesco and Braith Anasta, a slick-looking Tigers outfit were professional and disciplined in recording their fourth win in their past five games.

An early kick out on the full by Tigers halfback Luke Brooks led to a Cowboys penalty in their opposition red zone, but in what was the only scoring opportunity inside the opening 30 minutes, Cowboys goal-kicker Johnathan Thurston hooked his attempt.

It wasn't until the 31st minute that first points hit the scoreboard, but it was well worth the wait.

Dancing across field in the Cowboys' attacking third, a Thurston floater to Tariq Sims was almost intercepted by Tigers halfback Luke Brooks, who would've raced the 70m untouched to score. But when the ball went to ground instead, the Cowboys' money man showed excellent reactionary skills, picking up the loose ball one-handed, slicing through the defensive line and finding a supporting Brent Tate on his right edge. Thurston failed to swing his conversion through but his side gained the early 4-0 lead.

It was a well-deserved try to the decorated Cowboys centre, who was responsible for most of his side's enterprising play in the first half, including a couple of superb offloads. But it didn't take the home side didn't take long to find a reply.

A quick play-the-ball by afro-haired prop James Gavet close to the line allowed hooker Farah to dart out of dummy half and squeeze between slow-footed big men Matt Scott, Scott Bolton and Jason Taumalolo to score under the posts. Add in Pat Richards' two points and the Tigers waltzed into the half-time break with a 6-4 lead.

It didn't take them long to find their feet again in the second half. Minutes after Richards saved a certain try with his basketball-like leap to deny a Thurston assist to Matthew Wright, five-eighth Blake Austin matched his rival five-eighth's quick-thinking in the first half with some dazzling magic of his own.

Standing at first receiver, Farah fired a grubber across the field that ricocheted first off Tariq Sims' shoulder - and then the left upright – before landing into Austin's breadbasket and allowing him to score under the posts. Richards' extras took the lead to 12-4.

Momentum continued to stay with the hosts, who had three straight sets on the Cowboys line but couldn't convert the possession into points. Matthew Wright denied the hosts a certain try in the 61st minute when he rushed out of line, while Lawrence almost crashed his way over two minutes later.

The Cowboys almost scoredagainst the run of play in the 70th minute when halfback Robert Lui's flick pass put Tate into space, only for Thurston to mishandle the inside pass.

That mistake proved costly for the visitors, who then had to watch Farah again dance across field, dummy inside, and then fire a cut out pass to Richards to seal the game in the 74th minute.

There was a scare late in the game when Farah was taken off field with a possible dislocated elbow, but early reports were that it slotted back into place straight away.

Wests Tigers 16 (Farah, Austin, Richards tries; Richards 2 goals) def North Queensland Cowboys 4 (Tate try). Crowd: 6456.


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Post by willow » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 9:59 pm

Considering there was no rain tonight that crowd is appalling.

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Post by softlaw » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:04 pm

tweet from Mayer after the game:
Grant Mayer ‏@gcmayer 1m Can't deny it - a really disappointing crowd. Our team deserved a bigger audience. Thanks to those that came. Still time to jump on board.

Not sure if he should have said it but he has every right to be upset at that turnout.
On the bus or under it!
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Post by southerntiger » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:05 pm

Shocking crowd given how this team has been going. Given Campbelltown has always been said to be the clubs future, this is very worrying. Do we need a contigency plan?

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Post by Majere77 » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:07 pm

It's not just the low numbers that bothered me. The crowd was quiet & inactive throughout.

You could barely tell it was a home game.


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Post by sideline eye » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:08 pm

willow wrote:Considering there was no rain tonight that crowd is appalling.
Yes, but it looked like a bigger crowd than that, although nowhere near the expected 15,000. Hopefully a win at Campbelltown might attract a bigger turnout next time.

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Post by tigergirlz » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:09 pm

Play 8 games at Leichhardt is a great contingency plan

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Post by southerntiger » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:09 pm

sideline eye wrote:
willow wrote:Considering there was no rain tonight that crowd is appalling.
Yes, but it looked like a bigger crowd than that, although nowhere near the expected 15,000. Hopefully a win at Campbelltown might attract a bigger turnout next time.
Looked like?

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Post by willow » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:10 pm

sideline eye wrote:
willow wrote:Considering there was no rain tonight that crowd is appalling.
Yes, but it looked like a bigger crowd than that, although nowhere near the expected 15,000. Hopefully a win at Campbelltown might attract a bigger turnout next time.
Considering we thumped Manly the week before and this was a Saturday night fixture...I was expecting 15,000 out there to be honest.

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Post by PYMBLEPETE » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:13 pm

That is a shockingly disappointing crowd. Probably the worst since the JV commenced. Hard to figure.

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Post by willow » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:18 pm

From the press conference:

Farah in quite a bit of pain. Unknown how bad the injury is at this stage;
Kurtis Rowe picked up a hip flexor injury but should be right;
Potter very happy with Austin tonight;
Very happy with the application of the side tonight;
Very happy with the bench once again;
Potter disappointed with the crowd;
Richards said it felt like more than 6000 and a bit shocked.

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Post by shifty » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:22 pm

Thats a pathetic turn out.

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Post by cqtiger » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:25 pm

There will be those that somehow defend that crowd turnout but Campbelltown have not done themselves any favours.

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Post by Snake » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:31 pm

This area is a dead lose was for the Magpies is for the Weststigers and I should know I have attended games there since the 1st game from Lidcombe oval..time to come back to both clubs roots the inner city . This rubbish about being a gold mine because of the growth aspect is a myth!

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Post by Eye Of Da Tiger » Sat 12 Apr, 2014 10:33 pm

How many people bagging the crowd were their ???

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