WESTS TIGERS BEAT WARRIORS 34-22 IN NYC
By Wayne Cousins, Leichhardt Oval
19/03/2011 6:56:28 PM
Wests Tigers opened their account in the Toyota Cup competition tonight with a hard fought 34-22 victory over the Warriors at a wet Leichhardt Oval.
It was a strong win for Head Coach Grant Jones and his team against the reigning premiers.
Wests Tigers full-back Ratu Tagive picked up a loose kick and race 60 metres downfield in the 12th minute before losing the ball.
A minute later, Wests Tigers half-back Liam Ayoub picked up a loose pass and raced 60 metres to score and in doing so, possibly tore a left hamstring.
Five-eighth Jacob Miller converted the try for a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Two minutes later, replacement half Matt Evans was put through a gap to score under the posts. Miller converted the try for a 12-0 lead.
Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona stretched the lead in the wet conditions to 16-0 after good support play with winger Faleula Finau. Miller converted from 10 metres from the posts for a handy 18-0 lead against the premiers after 30 minutes.
The Warriors opened their account when big forward Siliva Havili used his strength to push his way over from dummy half in the 38th minute.
Winger Sio failed to convert from close range for an 18-4 scoreline.
It remained that way until half-time.
A smart cross kick on the last tackle by Evans saw Tagive leap high to take the ball to score 10 metres from the posts for a 22-4 scoreline.
Evans converted the try for a 24-4 lead after 48 minutes.
The Warriors then hit back immediately with a very soft try out wide to centre James Te Pou for a 24-8
A short pass by Warriors five-eighth Carlos Tuimavave put forward Agnatius Passi into a gap to score next to the posts. Siua Taukeiaho converted the try for a 24-14 scoreline after 60 minutes.
Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona gave his side some more breathing space when he scored in the corner from a scrum win for a 28-14 lead after 63 minutes.
Miller converted from inside the sideline for a 30-14 lead.
Three minutes later, the Warriors hit back with a second try to James Te Pou for a 30-18 scoreline. The Warriors were in again a few minutes later when Passi scored his second in the left corner for a 30-22 scoreline.
Wests Tigers secured victory when winger Faleula Finau dived over in the corner in the 75th minute. Miller again converted for a 34-22 full-time score.
15th min: Wests Tigers 6-0. Liam Ayoub try, Jacob Miller goal.
17th min: Wests Tigers 12-0. Matt Evans try, Miller goal
30th min: Wests Tigers 18-0. Tim Simona try, Miller goal.
38th min: Wests Tigers 18-4: Try to Warriors, Siliva Havili try.
Half-time: Wests Tigers 18-4
48th min: Wests Tigers 24-4. Try to Ratu Tagive, Evans goal.
51st min: Wests Tigers 24-8: Try to Warriors, James Te Pou.
60th min: Wests Tigers 24-14: Try to Warriors, Agnatius Passi, Sio Siua Taukeiaho goal
64th min: Wests Tigers 30-14. Try to Tim Simona, Miller goal.
67th min: Wests Tigers 30-18. Try to Warriors, James Te Pou
70th min: Wests Tigers 30-22. Try to Warriors, Agnatius Paasi.
75th min: Wests Tigers 36-22. Try to Faleula Finau, Miller goal.
Wests Tigers team
1 Ratu Tagive
2 Faleula Finau
3 Tim Simona
4 Limoni Kamuta
5 Joe Uluibau
6 Jacob Miller
7 Liam Ayoub
8 Neil Begovich
9 Ben Saunders
10 Junior Roqica
11 Mason Talolua
12 Shaun Spence
13 Jesse Sue
14 Matt Groat
15 Daniel Ahsin
16 Joel Luani
17 Matt Evans
Omitted: Joel Wisbey