JONES NAMES U20S TEAM TO PLAY SHARKS
27/07/2010 3:51:24 PM
Wests Tigers Coach Grant Jones has named his team to play Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, July 31, in round 21 of the Toyota Cup competition.
Kick-off is 5.15pm. Gates open 2.45pm.
Wests Tigers will be chasing a much needed victory against the Sharks, having slipped out of the top eight into ninth position on 22 points. Wests Tigers are just one point behind eighth place.
The Sharks sit in 14th position on 17th place.
1 Sama Sauvao
2 Faleula Finau
3 Tim Simona
4 Jake Clarke
5 Monikura Tikinau
6 Bodie Clarke
7 Liam Ayoub
8 Neil Begovich
9 Dean Parata
10 Junior Roqica
11 Shaun Spence
12 Ben Murdoch-Masila
13 Matt Hyland
14 Pat Politoni
15 Ethan Tafili
16 Mason Talolua
17 James Leulalai
18 Joel Jackson
WESTS TIGERS BEAT SHARKS 14-10 IN U20S
By Wayne Cousins
31/07/2010 7:00:06 PM
Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 14-10 victory over Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Leichhardt Oval tonight in round 21 of the Toyota Cup competition.
It was a much needed win by the Wests Tigers and gets their finals campaign back on track. The win takes Wests Tigers to 24 points with five matches remaining.
In team changes, winger Monikura Tikinau dropped back to the interchange bench for Joel Jackson. Second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila was a late casualty with a shoulder injury, replaced by Mason Talolua.Vaha Pulu came onto the interchange bench for Talolua.
Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 13th minute when prop Junior Roqica used brute strength to beat three defenders to score out wide. Full-back Sama Sauvao missed the conversion for a 4-0 lead.
The home stretched their lead to 8-0 six minutes later when hooker Dean Parata dived over from dummy half to score. Sauvao failed to convert from close range for an 8-0 lead.
The Sharks opened their account when Tyrone Peachey scored out wide. Half-back Chad Townsend converted the try for an 8-6 scoreline after 27 minutes.
The score remained that way until half-time.
Cronulla opened the scoring in the second half when winger Daniel Perkins dived over in the corner for a 10-8 lead after 49 minutes. The try was not converted.
In what was a real arm struggle in the second half, Wests Tigers regained the lead in the 77th minute when half-back Liam Ayoub put through a grubber kick from 10 metres out on the last tackle to beat three defenders to dive on the ball to score for a 12-10 lead. Sauvao converted the try for a 14-10 lead after 79 minutes.
Wests Tigers held on for a vital victory.
The young Tigers were very ordinary in attack tonight. They made enough ground up the middle of the field but the backline didn’t really threaten and they have plenty of work to do to make the top 8 from here. Souths will be a very tough match for them next week and hopefully Mullaney is back soon because they are in desperate need of a goalkicker too. Sama Sauvau hit them worse than Florimo which is saying something.