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Post by willow » Sat 21 May, 2011 11:49 pm

WESTS TIGERS BEAT PENRITH 20-18 IN NRL
By Wayne Cousins
21/05/2011 9:19:13 PM

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Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 20-18 victory over Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium tonight in round 11 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 16,172, Wests Tigers fought back from an early second half deficit to secure the vital two competition points.

Centre Blake Ayshford celebrated his new contract deal with the opening try in the 6th minute for a 4-0 lead. Ayshford ran off a cut off pass from half-back Robert Lui and then stepped inside before beating three defenders to score. The try came on the back off a break by full-back Wade McKinnon. Five-eighth Benji Marshall converted the try for a 6-0 lead.

Penrith stand in five-eighth Masada Iosefa got the Panthers back to 6-4 when from a scrum win 10 metres out from the Wests Tigers tryline, stepped past Lui and second-rower Liam Fulton to score. Half-back Luke Walsh converted the try for a 6-6 scoreline after 14 minutes.

Wests Tigers jumped to a 10-6 lead in the 17th minute when second-rower Simon Dwyer hit a hole from a short ball by hooker Robbie Farah after Fulton kept the ball alive in offloading on the other side of the field. Marshall failed to convert the try.

A flick pass inside in the 36th minute by Marshall 20 metres out from the Panthers tryline went behind Lui’s back with two players in support next to the half-back.

Wests Tigers almost scored in the 38th minute when a grubber kick by Lui saw winger Mitch Brown take the ball only to lose control of it 10 metres out from the Panthers line.

Penrith turned around their good fortune when winger David Simmons scored in the 39th minute after the ball went through several hands before being touched by a Wests Tigers player for Simmons to go on to score. Walsh converted the try for a 12-10 lead to Penrith at half-time.

2nd Half
Penrith extended their lead to 16-10 in the 51st minute when full-back Lachlan Coote leapt high to take a towering bomb by Walsh to score behind the posts. Walsh converted the try to give the Panthers an 18-10 lead.

Marshall got the Wests Tigers back in the game in the 67th minute when he raced 85 metres to score near the posts after a pass from Simmons to Lewis went to ground from a bomb. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 18-16 after 68 minutes.

A beautiful pass from a darting Farah put Brown over out wide in the 72nd minute to give Wests Tigers a 20-18 lead. Marshall’s attempt hit the left hand upright.

Wests Tigers dug deep late in the game to secure a much needed victory. The win moves Wests Tigers to 12 points and in seventh position on the ladder.


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Post by willow » Sat 21 May, 2011 11:50 pm

Tigers get out of jail against Penrith
Joe Barton
May 21, 2011 - 10:19PM

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Wests Tigers produced one of the more unlikely NRL escapes with a 20-18 victory over Penrith at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday night.

A 72nd minute try to Mitch Brown, and some typically magical plays from Tiger maestros Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah helped the home side get out of jail against a courageous Penrith outfit.

Despite struggling with an abysmal completion rate and a misfiring attack, the Tigers were able to secure their fifth win of the season and cement their spot in the top eight.

As usual it was star five-eighth Marshall who was at the centre of the comeback, much to the delight of the crowd of 16,127.

With the Tigers trailing 18-10 with less than 15 minutes on the clock, Marshall jumped on an error from Penrith winger Simmons and managed to tip-toe down the sideline before evading the clutches of Lachlan Coote for a match-turning 85 metre try.

That converted try reduced Penrith's lead to two points and kicked a stuttering Tigers attack into action, before Farah found Brown for the match-winning try.

With incoming director of coaching Phil Gould watching from the hill, the Panthers produced a gutsy effort despite missing a host of stars, including skipper Petero Civoniceva (Queensland) and centre Michael Jennings (NSW) who missed the match due to State of Origin duties.

Fullback Michael Gordon (knee), and centre Timana Tahu (pectoral injury) both suffered season-ending knee injuries last week.

To cap things off five-eighth Travis Burns was ruled out during the warm-up after suffering a complication with a pain-killing injection to his knee.

His replacement, utility Masada Iosefa, epitomised the courageous effort on display - starting the match and scoring a first half try after initially being cut from the bench by coach Matt Elliott.

Despite looking off the pace in the first 40 minutes, the Panthers enjoyed the halftime lead when David Simmons capitalised on a Lachlan Coote run to snatch a 12-10 scoreline at the break.

Earlier, Farah and Robert Lui looked to spark the Tigers right-hand side attack when they laid on tries for Simon Dwyer and Blake Ayshford.

Penrith's stand-in captain Luke Lewis shrugged off his Origin omission with another tremendous game.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens slammed his team's lacklustre performance and revealed that he didn't allow the players to sing the club's victory song after the match.

"For us to win the game, we got away with it (but) St George will lap us by 100 (next weekend) if we play like that," Sheens said in an almighty post-match spray.

"I'm not really happy with them, and they know it, and they're not happy with themselves.

"We had every reason to be a lot more determined tonight given last week (loss to South Sydney).

"I know blokes tried, but they tried stupidly ... pushing things that didn't need to be pushed.

"Our completion rate was disgraceful."

Penrith mentor Matt Elliott lamented the fact that his side was unable to close it out for a much-needed victory.

"I didn't think we needed to land a killer blow, we just needed to hold onto the ball," he said.

"From where I was sitting, we actually gave that game away."

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Post by willow » Sat 21 May, 2011 11:51 pm

Sheens scathing despite Tigers escape

By Joel Zander

Updated May 21, 2011 22:51:00

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens savaged his underperforming charges, urging them to "grow up and wake up" after they escaped with a scrappy 20-18 win over a severely undermanned Penrith at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

The Tigers relied on another miracle play from star playmaker Benji Marshall and a late four-pointer to winger Mitch Brown to scrape home against a Panthers outfit missing skipper Petero Civoniceva and centre Michael Jennings to Origin duty, as well as full-back Michael Gordon (knee) and centre Timana Tahu (torn pectoral muscle).

To cap it off, five-eighth Travis Burns was a late withdrawal after suffering a complication with a pain-killing injection to his knee in the warm-up.

Sheens was scathing of his side's performance when he spoke with ABC Grandstand, saying it will be "the first win I've ever looked at that I'll be unhappy to look at".

"It was a pretty ordinary game of footy from both sides to be quite honest, a lot of mistakes, a lot of penalties, just a stop-start affair and some stupid decisions made by our players and some very, very simple drop ball," Sheens said.

"You can live with mistakes, but some of the things there tonight were unacceptable if you want to call yourself a first-grade team.

"Simple errors... trying to unload a ball in traffic when you just had to take the tackle... some decisions are going to have to be made.

"We didn't celebrate the win at all, we've got to get ourselves ready for St George next week - they'll run 100 past us if we play like that.

"This side's got to grow up and wake up."

With new football director Phil Gould watching on from the sidelines, the Panthers appeared poised to back up last round's upset win over the Broncos when they led 18-10 following a 51st minute converted try to full-back Lachlan Coote.

But Benji Marshall had other ideas, capitalising on an error from Panthers winger David Simmons to scoop up the ball, elude Coote and streak 85 metres down the right touchline to dot down and convert, bringing his team to within two.

With the bit between their teeth, the Tigers then stole the competition points when hooker Robbie Farah put Brown over for a well-worked try.

Sheens however was far from satisfied, the escape glossing over the fact the Tigers have struggled to string together any consistency this season, with consecutive wins only chalked up in rounds two and three.

"I'm sick to death of people thinking 'oh yeah, we got away with it but that's OK, we got our two points'," he said.

"The team deserves better, the club deserves better and the fans deserve better than that."

Sheens was determined the abysmal display would not be lost in the result.

"There'll be no hiding in that performance," he said.

"Some guys had pretty ordinary games, discipline wise.

"The referee's standing there, naming you, telling you to get back onside and you still stayed there and give away a penalty.

"You need a rocket for that and they'll be getting one."

The Mountain Men had snatched a 12-10 half-time lead when Simmons latched on to a Marshall deflection from a Coote pass to score.

Utility Masada Iosefa was Penrith's other first-half try-scorer, taking his starting chance with both hands after replacing Burns.

Stand-in Panthers skipper Luke Lewis was again immense, shrugging of his Origin snubbing to turn in another forceful game.

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Post by willow » Sun 22 May, 2011 12:02 am

Post-match press conference from Sheens, and he was understandably filthy:

http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/nrl- ... 6060277078

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Post by willow » Sun 22 May, 2011 11:06 am

Wests Tigers leave it late but beat Penrith Panthers 20-18 in Round 11 NRL clash

Josh Massoud
From: The Daily Telegraph
May 22, 2011 12:00AM

WESTS Tigers players last night took the extraordinary step of gagging their team song after a hollow win over Penrith left coach Tim Sheens furious.

In an unbelievable spray from a winning coach, Sheens blasted his team for being "stupid" and "disgraceful".

"St George Illawarra will lap us by 100 if we play like that (next Sunday)," he fumed.

It was only a late flash of Benji Marshall brilliance and dash of Robbie Farah flair that atoned for an appalling completion rate, which plummeted deep into the second half through a rash of panic passes and dreadful handling errors.

Marshall's 80m sprint off a loose Panthers kick got the Tigers within striking distance, before he engineered a run-around play with Farah to lay on the match winner for winger Mitch Brown in the 72nd minute.

The late try was a cruel pill for the visitors, who battled valiantly without Origin stars Michael Jennings and Petero Civoniceva and also suffered an 11th-hour disruption when a pain-killing injection gone wrong forced five-eighth Travis Burns to withdraw during the warm-up

Although Farah punched the air wildly after he sent Brown over untouched, there were no celebrations in the Tigers' dressing room.

Sheens was aghast that the hosts, seeking redemption for an embarrassing defeat to South Sydney seven nights earlier, could execute so poorly and finish with a 61 per cent completion rate.

"I said to (Panthers coach) Matt Elliott afterwards, 'Why do we do it?'," Sheens began.

"We've got to be kidding ourselves. I'm not really happy with that and the players know it.

"We had reason to be determined after last week.

"Blokes tried. But they tried stupidly.

"Our completion rate was disgraceful. It was mistake after mistake, stupid pass after stupid pass. We are not a team that plays stupid-pass footy.

"Put it this way: we didn't sing the team song.

"We aren't happy."

Sheens concluded by cheekily declaring himself the team's only injury victim, although prop Keith Galloway did suffer a concussion that could do him the favour of being unable to remember the sloppy spectacle.

Elliott was less vitriolic than his counterpart but felt Penrith "gave the game away" after leading 18-10 before Marshall's 68th-minute strike.

With Masada Iosefa slotting his chunky frame into Burns' vacant five-eighth spot, the under-manned Panthers looked far more composed and claimed the lead right on halftime when David Simmons streaked away.

Lachlan Coote then out-leapt some seemingly uninterested Tigers defence to grab a Luke Walsh bomb that set the underdogs toward a memorable upset.

But a failure to grind out the final stages gave Marshall and Farah a chance to decide the match with their class.

"From where I'm sitting, we gave that game away," Elliott lamented.

"I didn't think we needed to land a killer blow, we just needed to hold on to the ball.

"There have been a few matches this year where I've felt we were the biggest factor in the result, not the opposition.

"We just needed to grind away. It wasn't a scintillating game of football."

Penrith's stand-in captain Luke Lewis shrugged off his Origin omission with another tremendous game despite picking up a shoulder injury.

With the Tigers looking threatening, he made a try-saving tackle on Farah before claiming a loose ball to get Penrith out of strife.

His desperation typified the courage of the Panthers.


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Post by willow » Sun 22 May, 2011 11:10 am

Benji's magic act steals show
Adrian Proszenko
May 22, 2011


NO. NO. No. No. No. No. For much of last night’s match, Phil Gould would not have liked what he saw.

His team, minus injured stars Michael Gordon and Timana Tahu and Origin reps Petero Civoniceva and Michael Gordon, had the measure of a disappointing Wests Tigers outfit. But when the game was there to be won, their big guns, Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah, orchestrated a victory they never really deserved.

Down 18-10 with less than half an hour remaining, the Tigers appeared destined to suffer another disappointing loss.

But from out of nowhere, Marshall scored an opportunist 80-metre try after a Luke Walsh attacking kick missed its mark. And then, with the clock running down and both teams requiring one big play to secure the result, Marshall and Farah combined to put David Simmons away for the match-winner.

It was meant to be Tradies’ Night but, despite securing the two points, it was anything but a tradesman-like performance for the home team. When an insipid Tigers leaked 27 unanswered points against Souths last weekend, coach Tim Sheens would have hoped they couldn’t play any worse. Last night they did. There must have been moments last night when Sheens wished he had taken the $2 million on offer at the foot of the mountains.

Gould sat on the hill with the tradies in the first half before climbing into the stands. Penrith coach Matthew Elliott must have felt like climbing into his team after it muffed an opportunity to record back-to-back victories.

It wasn’t due to a lack of effort. Despite carrying a shoulder so busted he could barely lift it when examined by the club doctor, Luke Lewis showed tremendous desperation to charge down a Marshall kick – and then beat three other players to the loose ball – midway through the second half. He simply wanted it more than anybody else.

The problem was his teammates didn’t have the class or composure to close it out.

The Tigers’ kicking game was largely ineffective – they didn’t get a repeat set until the 63rd minute. The ball handling was also abysmal. But when you’ve got Benji and Robbie, sometimes you can get away with it.

It has been a good week for the Tigers. They re-signed promising youngsters Aaron Woods, Andrew Fifita and Blake Ayshford. The latter celebrated by scoring the opener, putting on a wicked left-foot step to prise open the defence.

When the team sheets were finalised, Masada Iosefa was a late scratching. No sooner had a pen been put through his name than he was reinstated after pivot Travis Burns rolled his ankle in the warm-up. Given a roving commission, he roved all the way into the Tigers’ in-goal area to score the visitors’ first try.
And the teams continued to trade four-pointers.

Simon Dwyer scored his fifth try of the season. The ball that put him into space, delivered by Farah, was an absolute cracker. Not the sort of thing NSW required, apparently.

Yet despite having the better of the play for most of the opening stanza, the Tigers went into the sheds behind on the scoreboard following Simmons’s try with just 11 seconds left on the clock.

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Post by Flippedy » Sun 22 May, 2011 2:56 pm

[quote="willow"]Benji's magic act steals show
Adrian Proszenko
May 22, 2011

Simon Dwyer scored his fifth try of the season. The ball that put him into space, delivered by Farah, was an absolute cracker. Not the sort of thing NSW required, apparently.

:lol: Love that line! Good onya Adrian, whoever you are - keep giving it to them.

On another note though, I find it irritating that all the writers of these articles feel the need to mention how Penrith were without many of their stars, but fail to mention that we were without Lawrence, Tuqiri, Payten, Ellis and Daniela, also - no small losses there :roll:
Sooner or later, next year has to be this year - Ricksen

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Post by jirskyr » Sun 22 May, 2011 3:34 pm

willow wrote:Benji's magic act steals show
Adrian Proszenko
May 22, 2011

But from out of nowhere, Marshall scored an opportunist 80-metre try after a Luke Walsh attacking kick missed its mark. And then, with the clock running down and both teams requiring one big play to secure the result, Marshall and Farah combined to put David Simmons away for the match-winner.
C'mon Adrian mate, you are supposed to be a pro, your editor too...

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