Critics watch as Tigers claim Manly

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Kickoff: Friday 7.30 PM
Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Telecast: Ch 9
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Critics watch as Tigers claim Manly

Post by alien » Sat 30 Jul, 2011 2:23 am

Critics watch as Tigers claim Manly
Written by: Aaron Thomas
Jul 29, 2011 9:34pm

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Wests Tigers, fighting for their place in the NRL's top 8, have constructed a magical second 40 minutes to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium.

Despite eyeing the minor premiership in 2011, Manly went down 14-12 in front of a crowd of 20,059.

Wests Tigers started strong, showing a good attitude while going for their third straight win. They crossed the line first but were denied by the Video Referee as Beau Ryan was ruled to have knocked on in the 8th minute.

However, Manly got the first points on the board off the back of a penalty. Brett Stewart on his game for the Sea Eagles charged onto a pass from Daly Cherry-Evans and opened up the line. Jamie Lyon converted in the 12th minute to give Manly a 6-0 lead.

It was an entertaining game and the first half was nothing short with end-to-end sets from both sides, however from the first try we had to wait until the 32nd minute for more points. Manly crossed again from the dummy half and a simple effort from Matt Ballin caught Aaron Woods napping.

Manly led 12-0 at 8 minutes before the break. The score remained unchanged at the half time siren with Manly controlling the match, despite the Wests Tigers defence.

After the break Wests Tigers hit back, keeping Manly scoreless in the second half.

Three tries coming in 7 minutes had a major bearing on the match. It started in the 55th minutes with the Tigers spreading the ball to Robert Lui who crashed over. Chris Lawrence also got into the action as he went close to the line but the Video Referee deemed him short, but could have ruled as a double movement.

Two minutes later Robbie Farah found himself in open space before passing to the short side, Blake Asyhford putting the foot down as he flirted with the sideline. On review it looked as if Farah's pass was forward but not ruled as such.

The Tigers all but sealed the win with a third try as another break in defence from Manly gave Benji Marshall the space, the Kiwi international beating four players before popping up a no-look pass to Chris Lawrence to score in the corner.

The try gave Wests Tigers a 14-12 lead with 18 minutes to play.

Manly had an opportunity to steal it when Tigers' hooker Robbie Farah lost the ball inside his own half. However, from the scrum base Manly kicked early with Jamie Lyon and the ball was collected by Beau Ryan for the Tigers.

Wests Tigers put on an entertaining match for the people of the Central Coast to defeat the second-placed Sea Eagles 14 points to 12. The Tigers will remain 7th on the ladder but move to 24 points. Looking to next week, and a massive game, as the Tigers will face the Dragons at the Sydney Football Stadium. Manly return to Brookvale Oval as they will clash with the Roosters.

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Post by westTAHger » Sat 30 Jul, 2011 7:31 am

decent review.
very pleased to keep manly scoreless in 2nd half.
not going to get carried away with the win.
in saying that a good confidence booster for team
will have to re-produce a similar performance, in defence and completion rates against dragons to get the valuable two points.
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Post by alien » Wed 03 Aug, 2011 12:16 am

yeah our completion rates have to be good. its annoying when they kick too early in the set though

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