Holden Cup Team Announcement: Round 13
Wests Tigers Media
Mon 11th July, 04:00PM
Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup Coach Willie Peters has named his team to take on the Sydney Roosters this Wednesday night for a catch-up match at Leichhardt Oval.
The Round 13 fixture — originally scheduled for Sunday, June 5 — was postponed after torrential rain at Allianz Stadium, and will now be played at 5:00pm on Wednesday night.
After conceding a try in the final play of the game to finish with a 20-20 draw against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last week, Wests Tigers Holden Cup side will be looking to secure a crucial two points this Wednesday in order to keep their top four hopes alive.
Wests Tigers have been boosted by the inclusion of Esan Marsters in this week’s team, with the Junior Kiwi forward dropping back from the Intrust Super Premiership side.
Toa Mata’afa also returns on the wing, with Roman Ioelu dropping back to fullback.
WESTS TIGERS HOLDEN CUP
1. Roman Ioelu
2. Toa Mata’afa
3. Jesse Jackson
4. Tony Tali
5. Obed Karwhin
6. Veiru Mapesone
7. Thomas Bartley
8. Ray Stone
9. Daniel Peck
10. Mark McCormack
11. Jakob Giles
12. Esan Marsters
13. Jack Wheelhouse (capt.)
14. Daniel Roberts
15. Lenny Sauni
16. Trent Pye
17. Siaosi Nasilai
18. Rhys Sciglitano
Coach: Willie Peters
Match Report: Holden Cup Round 13
Wed 13th July, 06:44PM
Wests Tigers Holden Cup side have gone down 20-14 to the Sydney Roosters in their Round 13 catch-up game on Wednesday night at Leichhardt Oval.
Boosted by the inclusion of Junior Kiwi forward Esan Marsters for the clash, Wests Tigers trailed from start to finish in the match, and despite threatening to take the lead late in the second, were unable to get the better of their opponents on the night.
The result sees Wests Tigers Holden Cup sit in seventh after 18 rounds of competition.
After losing prop forward Siaosi Nasilai to concussion in the opening set of the game, Wests Tigers soon found themselves behind on the scoreboard not long after when Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck finished off a strong right edge move in the corner.
Jesse Marschke couldn’t convert, leaving the score at 4-0 after six minutes.
The Roosters would extend their lead after 13 minutes when prop Ben Thomas crashed over under the posts, with Marshcke converting to give the Tricolours a 10-0 advantage.
Wests Tigers would peg one back after 25 minutes when a late offload from Marsters found Roman Ioelu in support, with the fullback evading two to score under the posts.
Veiru Mapesone had no problems converting to reduce the Roosters’ lead to 10-6.
Mapesone almost put the visitors in front when he regathered his chip-and-chase close to the line, but a superb cover tackle denied the five-eighth from crossing the line.
That would see the Roosters take their 10-6 lead into the half-time sheds at Leichhardt.
Off the back of an intercept from his opposite winger, Tuivasa-Sheck would restore the home side’s two-try lead with an acrobatic finish in the corner after 50 minutes.
Marschke’s wayward conversion would leave the scoreline at 14-6.
Mapesone would cut the lead further when he crashed over out wide after 60 minutes to make it 14-10 in favour of the Roosters, but a fortuitous bounce and regather saw the home side pull back in front through Jarred Anderson — taking the score to 20-10.
Wests Tigers would set the match up for a grandstand finish when a big run from Marsters saw Victor Radley sent to the sin-bin and Jesse Jackson crash over with five minutes remaining in the match, but they would be unable to complete the comeback as the Roosters held on for a 20-14 victory as ugly scenes erupted in the final minute of play.
NYC FULL TIME — Roosters 20 (Tuivasa-Sheck 2, Thomas, Anderson tries; Marschke 2/4 goals) def. Wests Tigers 14 (Ioelu, Mapesone, Jackson tries; Mapesone 1/3 goals)