CANBERRA BEAT WESTS TIGERS 40-18 IN NYC
By Wayne Cousins
26/03/2011 6:51:53 PM
Wests Tigers suffered a 40-18 loss to Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Sports Stadium tonight in round three of the Toyota Cup competition.
Five-eighth Curtis Sironen lasted just three minutes in his comeback game from injury, leaving the field with a suspected broken nose.
The Raiders opened the scoring in the 5th minute when winger Sami Sauiluma stepped and weaved past two defenders to score in the left corner for a 4-0 lead. Winger Chris Medcalf converted from the sideline for a 6-0 lead.
Wests Tigers prop Neil Begovich charged his way over the line in the 15th minute after good support play by hooker Pat Politoni and full-back Limoni Kamuta. Half-back Jacob Miller converted from next to the posts for a 6-6 scoreline.
Canberra second-rower Josh Papalii then scored a fine try when he beat four defenders in a 30 metre run to score next to the posts. Medcalf converted for a 12-6 lead after 23 minutes.
Two minutes later, Medcalf crossed for his own try in the right corner for a 16-6 lead. Medcalf converted his own try from the sideline for an 18-6 lead.
Wests Tigers hit back immediately through replacement centre Matt Evans when he swooped on a drop ball by Canberra lock Tom Murphy to race 20 metres to score under the posts. Miller converted the try for an 18-12 scoreline after 28 minutes. The score remained that way until half-time.
Canberra stretched their lead in the 43rd minute when Sauiluma scored his second try out wide.Medcalf converted for a 24-12 lead.
Wests Tigers hit back three minutes later when Miller got a perfect bounce from a kick back inside to score under the posts. He converted his own try for a 24-18 scoreline.
Canberra then went to a 30-18 lead when Uiti Baker crashed over for a try next to the posts. Medcalf converted the try.
Sauiluma then dived over for his third try in the left corner for a 34-18 lead after 54 minutes.
Canberra secured victory in the 71st minute when hooker Matt McIlwrick scored behind the posts. Medcalf converted the try for a 40-18 lead.
5th min: Sami Sauiluma try, Chris Medcalf goal. Canberra 6 Wests Tigers 0.
15th min: Neil Begovich try, Jacob Miller goal. Canberra 6 Wests Tigers 6.
23rd min: Josh Papalii try, Medcalf goal. Canberra 12 Wests Tigers 6.
25th min: Medcalf try, Medcalf goal. Canberra 18 Wests Tigers 6.
28th min: Matt Evans try, Miller goal. Canberra 18 Wests Tigers 12.
Half-time: Canberra 18 Wests Tigers 12
43rd min: Sauiluma 2nd try, Medcalf goal. Canberra 24 Wests Tigers 12
46th min: Miller try, Miller goal. Canberra 24 Wests Tigers 18
49th min: Uiti Baker try, Medcalf goal. Canberra 30 Wests Tigers 18
54th min: Sauiluma 3rd try, Canberra 34 Wests Tigers18.
71st min: Matt McIlwrick try, Medcalf goal. Canberra 40 Wests Tigers 18.
Wests Tigers team
1 Limoni Kamuta, 2 Faleula Finau, 3 Tim Simona, 17 Matt Evans,4 Ratu Tagive, 6 Curtis Sironen, 7 Jacob Miller, 8 Neil Begovich, 9 Pat Politoni, 10 Junior Roqica, 11 Mason Talolua, 12 Shaun Spence , 13 Jesse Sue, interchange: 15 Joel Wisbey, 16 Ben Saunders, 18 Sebastian Vourlos, 19 Shaun Craig