LEAGUE LEGENDS CUP UP FOR GRABS
By Wayne Cousins
1/04/2010 12:02:46 PM
Wests Tigers will be looking to keep the 1989 League Legends Cup in the trophy cabinet when they clash with the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, April 4.
The League Legends Cup is contested between Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders to commemorate the 1989 Grand Final between the Balmain Tigers and the Raiders. To this very day, it remains arguably the greatest Grand Final of all time.
The Cup is contested just once each season when the two teams clash for the first time. Wests Tigers and Canberra will meet again in round 18 but the cup will not be played for.
Wests Tigers and Canberra have each won the Cup once since the concept began in 2008.
The Raiders won the League Legends Cup in 2008 with a 30-24 victory at Canberra Stadium in round five.
Former Canberra half-back Todd Carney set up four tries and scored a 75 metre try of his own in the 30-24 round five victory over Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium.
Carney levelled the scores at 24-24 late in the game after Wests Tigers led 24-10 at half-time.
The Raiders secured victory when winger Adrian Purtell scored a length of the field try after picking up a grubber kick from half-back Matthew Head, who was making his Wests Tigers debut.
Current Canberra second-rower Bronson Harrison scored two tries for Wests Tigers in the loss.
Canberra 30 (A Purtell 3, D Tilse, A Tongue, T Carney tries, Carney 3 goals) d Wests Tigers 24 (B Harrison 2, T Tuiaki, D Collis tries; B Hodgson 4 goals).
Wests Tigers team: Hodgson , Tuiaki, Collis, Lawrence, McDonnell, Morris, Head, Payten, Fulton, Galloway, Te’o, Gibbs, Heighington; interchange: Moltzen, Stuart Flanagan, Payne, Harrison.
A powerhouse performance in his NRL debut signalled the arrival of Englishman Gareth Ellis to Wests Tigers.
Ellis was named the players’ player after Wests Tigers overcame a 26-18 half-time deficit to beat Canberra 34-26 at Campbelltown Stadium in the opening round of the premiership on a warm Monday night.
Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese laid on the first three tries before former Wests Tigers second-rower Bronson Harrison set up full-back David Milne for the fourth try.
Tries to centre Chris Lawrence and a double to winger Taniela Tuiaki saw the Wests Tigers produce a fine second half performance to take the two competition points and to collect the League Legends Cup for the first time. There was a late shock at kick-off with captain and hooker Robbie Farah starting from the interchange bench.
Wests Tigers 34 (T Tuiaki 2, R Farah, T Payten, C Lawrence, T Moltzen tries; B Marshall 5 goals) d Canberra 26 ( j Carney 2, A Purtell, D Milne tries; T Campese 5 goals).
Wests Tigers team: Moltzen, Tuiaki, Collis, Lawrence, Ryan, Morris, Marshall, Gibbs, Halatau, Galloway, Ellis, Payten, Heighington; interchange: Farah , Hanbury, Trimarchi, Laurie.
Head to Head record
Played 18: Canberra 9, Wests Tigers 9.
Far out…what ever happend to just playing for the 2 competition points…
Ha …shows the difference in '08 to '09…to NOW…
Moltzen in both…