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Post by willow » Fri 18 May, 2012 10:56 pm

WESTS TIGERS BEAT WARRIORS 24-22 IN NRL TO RECORD FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
By Wayne Cousins

Friday 18 May 2012 9:32 PM
WESTS TIGERS BEAT WARRIORS 24-22 IN NRL TO RECORD FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN

Wests Tigers recorded their fourth consecutive win with a thrilling 24-22 victory over the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval tonight in round 11 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 16, 406, Wests Tigers dug deep after trailing 10-0 early in the first half before rallying late despite losing five-eighth Chris Lawrence for the second half with a hamstring injury.

The Warriors opened the scoring in the third minute with a try to right winger Bill Tupou after a long cut out pass by five-eighth James Maloney saw the Warriors take a 4-0 lead. Maloney failed to convert the try from the sideline.

Wests Tigers first chance of scoring came a few minutes later when half-back and captain Benji Marshall took the line on only to lose control of the ball a few metres out from the tryline.

The Warriors went to a 10-0 lead when centre Ben Henry scored from a towering bomb from Maloney that was spilt by winger Beau Ryan.

Wests Tigers full-back Tim Moltzen showed his speed when after regathering a kick in his own goal area managed to beat several defenders to race 50 metres before linking up with Marshall. The home side went on the attack but it was to no avail. The Warriors took a 10-0 lead into half-time.

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Wests Tigers five-eighth Chris Lawrence did not return for the second half after suffering a left hamstring injury.

Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford and Ryan combined to pull off a possible trysaving tackle two minutes into the second half.

A superb individual play by Ryan two minutes later saw him score a try after kicking the ball through twice after opposite winger Manu Vatuvei spilt the ball. Ryan managed to dive on the ball with one hand to score Wests Tigers first try. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 10-6.

Three minutes later, opposite winger Lote Tuqiri swooped on a crossfield kick by Marshall to score in the left corner. Marshall converted the try from the sideline to give Wests Tigers a 12-10 lead after 51 minutes.

Wests Tigers lead was short lived when five minutes later centre Konrad Hurrell scored a 70 metre try after Maloney swooped on a grubber kick from Tim Moltzen despite a gallant chase by Marshall. Maloney converted the try from the sideline for a 16-12 lead after 56 minutes.

It was a night for Wests Tigers wingers when Matt Utai – playing his 150th NRL game, managed to crawl his way over for try just metres from the ground and the sideline. Marshall then converted the try from the sideline to give Wests Tigers an 18-16 lead after 65 minutes.

Ayshford came within a centimetre of scoring in the 76th minute after a spilt bomb by Vatuvei.

From the scrum win, the ball was sent left before Moltzen held up the ball before slicing through two defenders to score near the posts in the 77th minute. Marshall converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 24-16 lead with two minutes remaining.

A short kick off from the Warriors saw the visitors take the ball to send it wide for Hurrell to score his second try in the corner. Maloney converted the try after the siren for the 24-22 scoreline.

The win leaves Wests Tigers with five wins and five losses from their 10 matches.


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Post by willow » Fri 18 May, 2012 10:57 pm

Tigers pip Warriors 24-22 in NRL
Joe Barton
May 18, 2012 - 10:49PM

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The Wests Tigers confirmed their title as the NRL's most perplexing team, mounting a spirited second-half comeback without skipper Robbie Farah to defeat the Warriors 24-22 at a packed Leichhardt Oval on Friday night.

After a lethargic opening in which they looked like they desperately missed the stability and creative input of Farah, who is in camp with NSW ahead of Wednesday's State of Origin opener in Melbourne, the Tigers overturned a 10-0 halftime deficit to pile on four tries.

They had to endure a nerve-wracking ending, but the match was sealed when fullback Tim Moltzen ghosted through for a try in the 78th minute.

Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell scored a consolation try in the 80th minute, his second of the game, to narrow the final scoreline.

The home side did it without Chris Lawrence as well, with the makeshift five-eighth succumbing to a hamstring injury at halftime.

Beau Ryan kick-started the comeback when he capitalised on a Manu Vatuvei error to open the Tigers account six minutes after the break.

Ryan had put in an innocuous grubber which Vatuvei made a meal of, before the Tigers winger toed the ball ahead again and dove on it for the try.

As quick as a flash, the home side found themselves in the lead when from the following set after the kick-off they marched upfield and Benji Marshall put in a perfectly weighted kick for Lote Tuqiri to score his second try of the year.

Marshall completed the hot start to the second half with a sideline conversion to give the Tigers a 12-10 lead.

It looked a completely different Tigers outfit to the one that had bumbled their way to a 10-0 halftime deficit, care of tries to Warriors duo Bill Tupou and Ben Henry.

The match swung back in the Warriors favour in the 54th minute when five-eighth James Maloney, who had a fine game, latched onto a Moltzen grubber and started a 90-metre movement downfield which ended with Hurrell outpacing Marshall for a converted try to reclaim a 16-12 lead.

Ten minutes later, the Tigers found themselves back in front when powerful bench utility Matt Utai, playing his 150th NRL game, burrowed over from close range on his hands and knees to lock up the scores at 16-16.

Once again Marshall converted from the sideline, giving the Tigers a two-point lead that would eventually be the difference.

Marshall said it was the team's best win of the season but insisted they had still not fully turned the corner following their dismal opening five-game losing streak earlier this year.

"We've still got a lot to work on," Marshall said.

"Our defence has been pretty outstanding, I think, but our attack's probably not as good as it has been the past few seasons.

"... These big games, games without Robbie there ... you gotta get the two points any way you can."

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens admitted the team's current four-game winning streak, featuring three victories by a combined margin of four points, was in stark contrast to their trademark attacking style.

"They haven't been classic Wests Tigers ... We've had to grind the win out," Sheens said.

"Earlier in the year we were criticised for not grinding it out.

"Now of course we're being criticised for not being Wests Tigers."

Warriors captain Simon Mannering targeted his side's "soft" start to the second half as a missed opportunity.

"This one was a big opportunity for us, going into the bye, to get a bit of momentum.

"We didn't play that well in the first half but we led at halftime and had every chance in the game to get the two points and just got soft at the start of the second half."

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Post by willow » Fri 18 May, 2012 11:02 pm

Tigers edge Warriors in thriller

Updated May 18, 2012 22:16:07

Wests Tigers ran down the Warriors and held on to escape 24-22 winners at Leichhardt Oval in a thrilling encounter that star five-eighth Benji Marshall hailed as his side's best of the season.

After a lethargic opening in which they looked like they desperately missed the stability and creative input of captain Robbie Farah, who is in camp with New South Wales ahead of Wednesday's State of Origin opener in Melbourne, the Tigers overturned a 10-0 half-time deficit to pile on four tries.

They had to endure a nerve-wracking ending, but the match was sealed when full-back Tim Moltzen ghosted through for a try in the 78th minute.

"Tonight's our best performance of the year I think in terms of attitude and our goal-line defence was pretty outstanding tonight," Marshall told Grandstand.

"We've won three in a row pretty ugly to tell the truth."

"(It was) a big effort from the boys, all the young guys stepped up. The credit's got to go to the forwards.

"They don't get much wraps but they were outstanding tonight."

Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell scored a consolation try in the 80th minute, his second of the game, to narrow the final scoreline.

The home side did it without Chris Lawrence as well, with the makeshift five-eighth succumbing to a hamstring injury at half-time.

Beau Ryan kick-started the comeback when he capitalised on a Manu Vatuvei error to open the Tigers' account six minutes after the break.

Ryan had put in an innocuous grubber which Vatuvei made a meal of, before the Tigers winger toed the ball ahead again and dove on it for the try.

As quick as a flash the home side found itself in the lead when, from the following set after the kick-off, they marched upfield and Marshall put in a perfectly weighted kick for Lote Tuqiri to score his second try of the year.

Marshall completed the hot start to the second half with a sideline conversion to give the Tigers a 12-10 lead.

It looked a completely different Tigers outfit to the one that had bumbled its way to a 10-0 half-time deficit, care of tries to Warriors duo Bill Tupou and Ben Henry.

The match swung back in the Warriors' favour in the 54th minute when five-eighth James Maloney, who had a fine game, latched onto a Moltzen grubber and started a 90-metre movement downfield which ended with Hurrell outpacing Marshall for a converted try to reclaim a 16-12 lead.

Ten minutes later the Tigers found themselves back in front when powerful bench utility Matt Utai, playing his 150th NRL game, burrowed over from close range on his hands and knees to lock up the scores at 16-16.

Utai was delighted to score on his return to the side in a milestone game for him.

"It feels pretty good - I'm just happy to be part of the team that won it on my 150th game," Utai said.

Once again Marshall converted from the sideline, giving the Tigers a two-point lead that would eventually be the difference.

Moltzen was allowed to waltz through the Warriors' defence to increase the lead before similarly abject defending allowed Hurrell to score his second try of the night at the other end.

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Post by willow » Sat 19 May, 2012 7:13 am

A win's a win: Tigers take the points despite patchy effort
Brad Walter
May 19, 2012


SOMETIMES it is not about how you win - just that you do.

That was the attitude Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens and his players were adopting towards last night's defeat of the Warriors and understandably so.

Anyone who has watched them play this season would find it hard to understand how they could have been premiership favourites at the start of the year.

Often, the Tigers only look interested when they are behind on the scoreboard and it took a backs-to-the-wall second-half performance after trailing 10-0 at half-time to get them home.

That they had do so after losing stand-in five-eighth Chris Lawrence at the break with a hamstring injury shows the character in the team.

Yet without NSW Origin hooker Robbie Farah, the Tigers were all too predictable in the first half as they repeatedly looked to Benji Marshall to do something special in attack.

In reality, they have rarely played well all season and could be considered fortunate to have won five matches.

Two were golden point wins - including one against Cronulla in round one that was assisted by a refereeing blunder in extra-time.

They were almost run down by Parramatta after leading 31-0 and only triumphed 31-30, while it took a Farah field goal to beat Gold Coast in extra time. Their only other win was a 30-0 victory against an injury-depleted Penrith side.

''All the wins have been that way - they haven't been classic Wests Tigers - but we haven't had everyone fit and we have been a bit up and down with changes in personnel so we have had to grind a win out,'' Sheens said.

''We ground it out tonight when we had to and at this stage of the season you take every win no matter how you get them.''

With so much at stake, the Tigers started poorly when Warriors winger Bill Tupou crosssed in the corner after only four minutes when Shaun Johnson spread the ball to his right through James Maloney and Konrad Hurrell.

The early try and another in the 23rd minute by rookie centre Ben Henry after Beau Ryan dropped a Maloney kick kept the Leichhardt faithful quiet until the second half.

After the break, the Tigers seemed to have more purpose and Ryan scored in the 46th minute after putting a kick behind opposite winger Manu Vatuvei before Marshall employed the same tactic on the other side of the field.

This time it was Lote Tuqiri who ran past his wing opposite, Tupou, to score and Marshall's conversion put the Tigers in front for the first time after 50 minutes.

However, the lead was short-lived - Hurrell scored a 90-metre try four minutes later when Maloney picked up a poorly timed Moltzen kick and sent the giant centre racing for the line.

Perhaps fittingly, given the way they played, the winning try came from Matt Utai crawling his way over the line in the 63rd minute but there were more twists and turns left in the match, with Moltzen scoring and Hurrell crossing in the last minute.

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Post by willow » Sat 19 May, 2012 7:14 am

Captain, my captain: Marshall leads troops from the front
Michael Chammas
May 19, 2012

WESTS TIGERS coach Tim Sheens was ready to switch Benji Marshall back to his regular position at five-eighth in the second half to replace the injured Chris Lawrence, but Marshall demanded he stay at halfback.

Marshall took it upon himself to lead the Tigers to a come-from-behind victory last night. He wanted to be involved.

He took the onus to steer the Tigers back from a 10-0 deficit, determined to remain the central figure in the Tigers attack in the second half and leave no stone unturned in pursuit of his side's fourth consecutive victory.

Sheens reflected on Marshall's willingness to remain at halfback as a pivotal moment in last night's contest, thankful he listened to his stand-in skipper at the break.

''Benji controlled the tempo of the game,'' Sheens said.

''I was going to play him at five-eighth in the second half but he didn't want to. He wanted to stay at seven and I'm glad we stuck to that because [Blake] Ayshford went to five-eighth and he's mainly a running player as well, although he's played a lot of five-eighth as a kid.

''But Benji controlled the game basically between the nine and the outside backs. He controlled the tempo of the game, the field position of the game and everyone else hooked in and tackled their backsides off. He got a lot more touches and I think that was important.''

Marshall played a hand, or foot if you're literal, to get the Tigers out to a 12-10 lead early in the second half.

The Tigers came from behind on two occasions, dealing well with the reshuffle at half-time, which saw Ayshford shift into five-eighth, Beau Ryan into the centres, and Matt Utai on to the wing.

''To come back from the first-half scoreline was a great effort, particularly when I had to replace Chrissy Lawrence at half time and adjust the team, which isn't easy to do when you adjust an inexperienced five-eighth and you have to find another one," Sheens said.

''Blake Ayshford did a good job. Against the grain, I thought that kick that came out the back and they ran the length of the field could've busted us but it didn't. We came back from it. I'm happy with that.''

Lawrence aggravated his hamstring towards the end of the first half but decided to play on until half time.

He was unable to return in the second half, but Sheens said it wasn't a major concern and he could be back for next Sunday's clash against the Cowboys in Campbelltown.

''It's minor, very minor,'' Sheens said. ''But it would've led to a serious injury. I think he'll be all right for next week but I wasn't prepared to take the punt. He wasn't able to stride out. If you can't run full on with a hamstring, you're better off out.

''In the long run, if he misses a game, that will be the worst case scenario. I think he may play being Friday to Sunday [turnaround] anyway. It's not the one he suffered last year, so that's a good sign.''

Sheens admitted it wasn't a season-defining victory, but without Robbie Farah, Chris Heighington, Gareth Ellis and Lawrence for the second half of the game, he wasn't worried about winning ugly.

''All the wins have been that way, they haven't been classic Wests Tigers as such,'' he said.

''But we haven't had every body fit, we haven't always had everybody in the team. We've been up and down a bit with personnel and changes with personnel.

''We've had to grind it out. Earlier in the year we were being criticised for not grinding it out. Now, of course, we're being criticised for not being Wests Tigers.''


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Post by willow » Sat 19 May, 2012 7:15 am

Five things we learnt from last night's game
Michael Chammas
May 19, 2012

1. The Tigers play their best football when they are desperate.

It's a characteristic that has been synonymous with the Tigers for a number of years. They looked out of the game at 10-0 down at half-time, but they turned it on in the second half. Not only do they click into gear in the middle of games when they are under pressure, but they also do it when their season is on the line. No matter how poor their start to a season is, the Tigers will always make the finals.


2. The Warriors are their own worst enemy.

They've always been an exciting attacking team, but their defence has left a lot to be desired this year. Coming into last night's game, they had conceded 242 points this season, the second worst in the NRL. They held the Tigers scoreless in the first half last night, but they fell away in the second half.


3. Tigers are predictable in attack without Farah.

It's a combination of no Robbie Farah and no recognised five-eighth, but the Tigers are too predictable with the ball. Benji Marshall has all the skills needed to break a defence, but that's the problem at the moment.


4. Tackle Konrad Hurrell at your own peril.

To compare him to Jonah Lomu would be unfair, but by the time this kid finishes his career, there's going to be a long list of videos on YouTube showing him running over the top of players.


5. Benji Marshall needs to use his tricks more wisely.

Marshall burst into open space midway through the first half and could have taken the tackle, or even passed it on the inside to Joel Reddy to set the Tigers up for an attack. Instead, he produced a flick pass, fooling Reddy, who put it down to give the Warriors the ball. It's beautiful to watch but it wasn't needed on that occasion.

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Post by westTAHger » Sat 19 May, 2012 8:26 am

thanks for posting those willow.

I have a swear tin at my place, and everytime I drop the"f" bomb, during a wests-tigers game, I have to put $1in it.
:roll: for 10 rounds, no money has go in.
last night is the first time I had put $1 in it. :lol:
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Basil, our rescue dog, is wondering when wests tigers will win 25 - 18 :D

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Post by cunno » Sat 19 May, 2012 8:35 am

Well done Benji :sign:

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