NYC: Wests Tigers beat Cowboys 28-16



  • NYC: Wests Tigers beat Cowboys 28-16
    By Wayne Cousins
    Wests Tigers

    Friday 24 May 2013 6:51 PM
    NYC: Wests Tigers beat Cowboys 28-16

    Wests Tigers recorded a 28-16 victory over North Queensland Cowboys tonight at Leichhardt Oval in round 11 of the NYC competition.

    Two tries from debutant Rhys Armstrong helped the home side secure two valuable competition points to move into sixth position subject to weekend results.

    The Cowboys opened the scoring in the 10th minute when full-back Zac Santo spun out of a tackle to score out wide. Five-eighth Mitchell Grimes converted for a 6-0 lead.

    Wests Tigers opened their account when full-back Kurtis Rowe cleaned up a spilt bomb to score in the left corner. The try was converted by five-eighth Manaia Rudolph for a 6-all scoreline after 22 minutes.

    The home side went to a 10-6 lead in the 34th minute when Andrew Kazzi burrowed over from dummy half. Rudolph converted from close range to give Wests Tigers a 12-6 lead.

    Wests Tigers were in again two minutes later when a crossfield bomb was taken by winger Paul Simona who offloaded a one handed pass for debutant Rhys Armstrong to score for a 16-6 lead. Rudolph failed to convert the try.

    2nd Half
    A short ball from Rudolph put lock Brenden Santi over for a try in the 48th minute for a 20-6 lead. Rudolph converted for a 22-6 lead.

    The Cowboys hit back when Sam Foster put Hayden Crowley over for try. The try was not converted for a 22-10 scoreline.

    The visitors got back to 22-14 when Samsen O’Neill scored after a 30 metre run down the sideline in the 59th minute. The try was converted for a 22-16 scoreline.

    A strong bullocking run by Armstrong saw him brush off a few defenders to score his second try to give Wests Tigers a 26-16 lead after 67 minutes. Rudolph converted for a 28-16 scoreline.



  • Gee armstrong looked good, some strong runs and he only looked quiet small, a bit in the Watmough mould perhaps. I know he was in the sg ball team, is he a back rower?



  • @fergiefurr:

    Gee armstrong looked good, some strong runs and he only looked quiet small, a bit in the Watmough mould perhaps. I know he was in the sg ball team, is he a back rower?

    He has utility value as I understand it mate. He can play 5/8, centre or backrow if need be.



  • Cheers, I was trying to make out what position he was playing on Friday night. He looked to just be floating around. Looked too small to be a backrower but he took a lot of stopping, even through the middle. Seems like one these guys who is just a natural footballer. One for the coaching staff to work out over the next 2 years I guess



  • Checked some sg ball team lists and he mainly played 5/8 (scored a hell of a lot of tries too) gee the halves strength coming through is ridiculously good. Interesting as most of the young halves these days are light steppy, quick halves (like Moses) but he looked like more of a strong player who likes the ball late at the line. One to watch



  • is Rhys Armstrong any relation to Tony Armstrong who played for wests magpies in late 70’s early 80’s



  • @fergiefurr:

    Checked some sg ball team lists and he mainly played 5/8 (scored a hell of a lot of tries too) gee the halves strength coming through is ridiculously good. Interesting as most of the young halves these days are light steppy, quick halves (like Moses) but he looked like more of a strong player who likes the ball late at the line. One to watch

    yeah, i’ve seen him play a bit like a centre. He seemed to rely on jeremy marshall-king for the king while he would take on the line.

    Not sure how fast he is but he could be a decent centre.



  • yes watched that final against the qld side , he played 5/8 and killed them, he looked bigger when they interviewed him after the game, seemed quite solid.


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