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.

2nd Half
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.