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Post by willow » Fri 06 Jul, 2012 10:37 pm

Gallant Wests Tigers lose 32-20 to Bulldogs in NRL
By Wayne Cousins

Friday 6 July 2012 9:47 PM
Gallant Wests Tigers lose 32-20 to Bulldogs in NRL

Wests Tigers were gallant in defeat in losing 32-20 to Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium tonight in round 18 of the Telstra Premiership.

Heading into the match without captain and NSW Hooker Robbie Farah (concussion), Tim Moltzen (hamstring), Matt Utai (hamstring) and Gareth Ellis (foot), Wests Tigers pushed the second placed Bulldogs all the way in front of a crowd of 19,034.

The job was made even more difficult when winger Lote Tuqiri left the field with an arm injury.

Some desperate scrambling defence by Tom Humble and Joel Reddy on the Wests Tigers tryline prevented the Bulldogs from scoring in the opening minutes.

Three minutes later, Wests Tigers opened the scoring when winger Joel Reddy leapt high to defuse a Benji Marshall bomb to score out wide for a 4-0 lead. Marshall failed to convert the try.

Marshall elected to take a penalty tap 10 metres out from the posts in the 28th minute despite the call from the sideline to take the two points on offer. The next set of six saw the Bulldogs keep Wests Tigers at bay.

Two minutes later, the Bulldogs drew level when centre Josh Morris crashed over Reddy and full-back Beau Ryan to score out wide after the ball was shifted left. Centre Krisnan Inu failed to convert the try from the sideline for a 4-all scoreline.

Video referee Sean Hampstead was called on in the 38th minute to rule whether full-back Beau Ryan had scored off a Marshall crossfield kick under the posts. The try was awarded on the benefit of the doubt. Marshall converted the try for a 10-4 lead. The try came after second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila had stolen the ball in a one on one tackle on Morris two minutes earlier.

The score remained that way till half-time.

2nd Half
Wests Tigers got off to the worst possible start a minute after half-time when full-back Ben Barba made a break down the left flank to find open space to link up with Morris who sent five-eighth Josh Reynolds over under the posts. Inu converted the try for a 10-all scoreline.

Morris grabbed his second try when Barba offloaded a perfect pass with two defenders on him to send the centre over behind the posts in the 47th minute. Inu converted the try for a 16-10 scoreline.

Hampstead was called on for a second time in the 53rd minute to rule whether centre Chris Lawrence had scored in the corner. The try was awarded. It came after some smart dummy half play by hooker Masada Iosefa who put Lawrence in the clear only for the centre to be ankle tapped and then get back up to slam the ball down with one hand despite three defenders on him.

Marshall’s conversion attempt from the sideline fell short in front of the posts to leave Wests Tigers trailing 16-14 after 55 minutes.

Barba extended the Bulldogs lead to 20-14 in the 58th minute when he finished off a backline play to score in the corner. Inu failed to convert the try from the sideline.

Iosefa got Wests Tigers back to 20-18 in the 64th minute when he showed the ball from dummy half before slicing his way past Reynolds to score a superb solo try in the left corner. Marshall converted the try from the sideline for a 20-all scoreline with 15 minutes remaining.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the 69th minute when Inu dummied to Curtis Sironen before stepping back inside to score behind the posts for a 24-20 lead. He converted his own try for a 26-20 scoreline after 70 minutes.

Reynolds sealed the win for the Bulldogs when he dived over in the final minutes for a 30-20 lead. Inu converted the try for the 32-20 scoreline.


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Post by willow » Fri 06 Jul, 2012 10:39 pm

Barba stars in Bulldogs win over Tigers
July 7, 2012 - 10:00PM

Bulldogs 32 Tigers 20

Canterbury proved quickest to the trigger in an NRL shootout at Allianz Stadium with Ben Barba the ultimate gunslinger in the 32-20 NRL win over Wests Tigers on Friday night.

Barba was the star of the show as Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds scored doubles, the two sides trading try for try over an enthralling second stanza which left the Tigers in danger of dropping out of the top eight.

They will do so if the Warriors beat Gold Coast on Sunday after Barba set up three tries and scored another to show he would not have been out of place had Queensland coach Mal Meninga given him a start in Wednesday night's decider.

Performances like this and it can only be a matter of time before he dons the maroon jersey after he burst open a game which the Tigers led 10-4 at halftime.

Seven minutes after the restart it was 16-10 to the Bulldogs.

The first four-pointer came when Barba made an incisive run to set up Reynolds' first for Canterbury's league-leading 13th try from inside their own half, then a delightful ball put Morris over for his second.

Chris Lawrence then answered the challenge for the Tigers before Barba scored his 13th try of the season to again give his side the advantage.

The Tigers came again as Masada Iosefa dummied his way over and Benji Marshall's sideline conversion locked it up at 20-all with 16 minutes to go before Krisnan Inu and then Reynolds again put paid to the Tigers' valiant charge.

Despite losing Lote Tuqiri to a suspected broken arm after just eight minutes thanks to some friendly fire when sandwiched by Adam Blair, the Tigers took a deserved 10-4 lead to break.

Both of their tries came courtesy of Marshall kicks, the second just before the break an extraordinary banana kick which Beau Ryan reefed out of the hands of Josh Jackson to touch down under the posts.

There was nothing as spectacular about Marshall's first try assist, Joel Reddy the only one to leap as a bemused defence looked on.

The Bulldogs barely gave themselves a chance to score as they coughed up plenty of ball inside their own half, with their only foray into enemy territory a sign of things to come as Morris crashed over four defenders to score out wide.

BULLDOGS 32 (J Morris 2 J Reynolds 2 B Barba K Inu tries K Inu 4 goals) bt WESTS TIGERS 20 (M Iosefa C Lawrence J Reddy B Ryan tries B Marshall 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Referee: Gavin Morris, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 19,034.

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Post by AmericanHistoryX » Fri 06 Jul, 2012 10:40 pm

1st one is good second one is dribble.


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Post by cnx_tigers » Fri 06 Jul, 2012 10:52 pm

Blair sounds way too 'whatever' in that interview.

No "I was brought here to lead, I need to look in the mirror".

Doesn't seem to be in any sort of post loss pain at all. Look at Hindmarsh, he can barely talk post loss.


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Post by willow » Sat 07 Jul, 2012 8:08 am

Five things we learnt from last night's match
Michael Chammas
July 7, 2012

1. That's the last we've seen of Lote Tuqiri this year.

The veteran winger, who is off contract at the end of the year, has had a nightmare run with injuries over the past two seasons, and it continued last night. An awkward fall after a collision with teammate Adam Blair led to Tuqiri being taken from the field on a medicab with a broken right arm.

2. It was a tale of two halves for the Bulldogs.

After producing their best performance of the season in their last start against Melbourne, the Bulldogs dished out arguably their worst start of the year in the match last night. They made five mistakes in the first 20 minutes of the game and went into half-time with a completion rate of only 51 per cent (8/16) compared with the Tigers' 81 per cent. They turned it around in the second half with two tries in the first six minutes.

3. Beau Ryan put forward a compelling case to make the No.1 jersey his own.

With Tim Moltzen missing with a hamstring injury, Tim Sheens threw Ryan into the fullback role and he didn't let his coach down. Busy would be the best word to describe Ryan's stint at the back against the Bulldogs, popping up around the paddock when his team needed him.

4. Josh Morris is in career-best form.

The Bulldogs centre had an enormous game for NSW on Wednesday night, arguably the best player in the Blues line-up. He carried that form into last night, crossing for a double.

He showed good footwork to beat three Tigers players for his first try, but he didn't have to do too much for his second, capitalising on some Ben Barba magic to collect his 14th try in 15 games this year.

5. Masada Iosefa has been a good mid-season purchase.

He was brought in to cover for Robbie Farah, and he's proven a valuable signing. He produced a lovely flat pass to put Chris Lawrence through a gap and over for a try, before scoring a try of his own shortly after.

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Post by oneeyedtiger » Sat 07 Jul, 2012 8:19 am

willow wrote:
3. Beau Ryan put forward a compelling case to make the No.1 jersey his own.

With Tim Moltzen missing with a hamstring injury, Tim Sheens threw Ryan into the fullback role and he didn't let his coach down. Busy would be the best word to describe Ryan's stint at the back against the Bulldogs, popping up around the paddock when his team needed him.

Can't wait till Moltzen gets back from injury so he can go to fullback and put Ryan back in the centres because Joel Reddy is hopeless in defence!!


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