WESTS TIGERS BEAT EELS 56-18 IN TOYOTA CUP CLASH
By Wayne Cousins
Friday, 26 March 2010
Wests Tigers recorded their first win of the season with a crushing 56-24 victory over the Parramatta Eels at the Sydney Football Stadium tonight in round three of the Toyota Cup competition.
Wingers Sama Sauvao and Faleula Finau scored three tries each in the win in a match that produced 80 points in 80 minutes. Wests Tigers scored 10 tries to four in a dominant performance.
Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the first 10 seconds when from the kick-off, the ball hit the posts and bounced back into the arms of hooker Dean Parata who raced 10 metres to score under the posts to send his team-mates into a frenzy and Parramatta into shock.
Full-back Jake Mullaney converted the try for a 6-0 lead after one minute.
Wests Tigers went to a 10-0 lead in the 12th minute when Mullaney latched onto a short ball to race 60 metres downfield only to be tackled short of the line near the far right corner. A quick play the ball saw winger Faleula Finau dive over from dummy half to score. Mullaney converted from the sideline for a 12-0 lead.
It became 16-0 two minutes later when an inside ball by five-eighth Bodie Clark saw Finau crash over out wide for his second try.Mullaney missed the easier conversion attempt.
Clark was in the thick of the action again when he put through a smart grubber kick behind the line for winger Sama Sauvao to play his hands on the ball before it went dead for a 20-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Mullaney failed to convert the try from the sideline.
Parramatta’s first real tryscoring opportunity came in the 28th minute when they had a two man overlap but somehow lost their way before being tackled on the last.
Wests Tigers made them pay in the next set when the ball was spread left through second-rowers Junior Roqica and Vahau Pulu before centre Jake Clarke offloaded the final pass to give Sama his second try in the corner. Mullaney converted from the sideline for a commanding 26-0 lead after 30 minutes.
Jake Clarke got in on the scoring action in the 38th minute when Parata and Bodie Clark combined to send Clarke over for a try in the corner. Mullaney again converted the try from the sideline to give Wests Tigers a stunning 32-0 lead at half-time.
Parramatta opened their account in the 48th minute when second-rower Pat O’Hanlon beat the tackle of half-back Jay Florimo to score out wide. Full-back Jaydin Tavita converted the try for a 32-6 scoreline.
Wests Tigers stretched their lead when a good offload by Pat Politoni in a two man tackle saw second-rower Joel Wisbey race 15 metres to score. Mullaney converted the try for a 38-6 lead.
It became 42-6 when the ball was spread right through four hands for Finau to grab his third try in the 55th minute. Mullaney converted for a 44-6 lead.
Parramatta got on the board again through a try to Fred Latuipe for a 44-12 scoreline before Junior Roqica scored near the posts. Mullaney converted to make it 50-12.
A grubber kick by half-back Tim Crellin saw Latuipe score his second try when he dived on the ball under the posts. Tavita converted for a 50-18 scoreline after 73 minutes.
Sauvao granned another try when he put his hands on a Bodie Clark grubebr kick to score for a 54-18 scoreline. Mullaney again was on target from the sideline for a 56-18 lead.
The Eels grabbed a late consolation try when Fred Lang Sui dived over in the corner. Tavita’s conversion attempt hit the crossbar and bounced over for a 56-24 scoreline at full-time.