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Post by willow » Sat 31 Jul, 2010 10:44 pm

By Wayne Cousins
31/07/2010 9:29:05 PM

Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 24-22 victory over a gallant Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Leichhardt Oval tonight in round 21 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 14, 942, the Wests Tigers had to dig real deep to hold off a never say die Sharks outfit to take the two points to move to 28 points on the Telstra Premiership ladder.

Wests Tigers started the game in fine style when the ball was spread left through five-eighth Benji Marshall which saw winger Beau Ryan make a good 35 metre run with his first touch.

The Sharks were denied a try in the seventh minute to winger Blake Ferguson after referee Jason Robinson ruled a forward pass much to the delight of the Wests Tigers supporters on a very packed hill.

Former Wests Tigers centre Dean Collis opened the scoring when he beat opposite centre Chris Lawrence to score in the corner. Half-back Scott Porter failed to convert the try for a 4-0 lead.

Referee Brett Suttor called on video referee Phil Cooley in the 17th minute to see whether full-back Mitch Brown had scored out wide in a three man tackle against his former club. The try was denied.

Wests Tigers opened their account two minutes later through Brown after a grubber kick by hooker Robbie Farah from dummy half. Brown is having a superb game against his former club after being a late call up through the injury to Wade McKinnon.

Marshall converted the try from next to the posts to give Wests Tigers a 6-4 lead.

The Sharks were denied a try again to Ferguson when the winger put his foot on the sideline in trying to score in the 21st minute.

Wests Tigers extended their lead in the 24th minute when second-rower Liam Fulton proved too strong in a 10 metre run to score out wide for a 10-4 lead. Marshall, from 10 metres in and 22 metres out, failed to convert the try.

Cooley was again called on in the 30th minute to rule whether Ferguson had grounded the ball after a crossfield bomb by Trent Barrett was spilt by winger Lote Tuqiri. The try was awarded for a 10-8 scoreline.Porter converted the try for a 10-10 scoreline.

The video referee was called on in the 35th minute to rule whether Lawrence had scored in the corner or gone into touch in a tackle by Ferguson. It came back as Refs Call with referee Jason Robinson ruling he went into touch.

A beautiful pass by Marshall put Lawrence into a gap to race 40 metres inside the final five seconds of the first half to score in the corner for a 14-10 lead at half-time. Marshall failed to convert the try.

2nd Half

Wests Tigers started the second half in the same way they finished the first half with a try in the 42nd minute to Fulton, his second for the game. Lawrence took over the goal-kicking duties and converted from in front of the posts for a 20-10 lead.

Cooley was called on in the 52nd minute to rule whether Ferguson scored his second try off a crossfield kick by Barrett. Replays showed Tuqiri saved a try when he took Ferguson into touch before planting the ball down in the corner.It was ruled no try.

The Sharks were awarded a second try to Collis in the 55th minute when referee Brett Suttor ruled Paul Gallen did not touch the ball in trying to defuse a Barrett bomb in-goal. The ball deflected rolled behind the posts for Collis to score. Suttor awarded the try on the spot without referring it to the video referee, much to the anger of the Wests Tigers crowd.

Porter converted the try to leave the Sharks trailing 20-16.
Wests Tigers stretched their lead in the 65th minute when Marshall delivered a superb cut out pass to Tuqiri to dive over out wide for a 24-16 scoreline. Lawrence failed to convert his own try.

The Sharks got back to 24-20 when Tuqiri spilt a crossfield kick by Barrett for full-back Nathan Gardner to score behind the posts. Porter converted the try for a 24-22 scoreline after 71 minutes.

Cronulla went into Wests Tigers half through a penalty in the 72nd minute after former Wests Tigers utility John Morris dived on a play the ball by Chris Heighington when Farah was not looking.

The Sharks got inside the Wests Tigers 10 metres before centre Ben Pomeroy was penalised in planting the ball down after being called held by Robinson.

Wests Tigers looked set to score when a grubber kick by Marshall in the 77th minute was spilt by winger Luke Covell only for centre Blake Ayshford to knock it on in trying to pick up the loose ball before the line to score.

A grubber kick by Farah in the 78th minute gave Wests Tigers a repeat set despite having men on his outside. A knock on in the next set saw the Sharks have one last chance inside the final minute from their quarter line.

Tuqiri defused his most important kick of the night inside from Barrett inside the final 20 seconds to give Wests Tigers a two point victory.

Wests Tigers tackle Souths next Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.

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Post by willow » Sat 31 Jul, 2010 10:45 pm

Wests Tigers hold on to defeat fast-finishing Cronulla Sharks 24-22

July 31, 2010

Wests Tigers consolidate fourth place on the ladder as they hold on to defeat Cronulla Sharks 24-22 in front of a voracious crowd at Leichhardt Oval.
Spectators might have expected the Tigers to win by more, but the victory ensures the Tigers stay in touch of a top four finish to the regular season and the valuable home semi-final.

The Tigers conceded too many back-to-back penalites to record an easy win, and the Sharks have hit a vein of form despite the problems that have recently beset the club.

The Tigers scoring came in the 10 minutes either side of the half, and strong team defence was all that held back the enthusiastic Nathan Gardner from reversing the result.

Wests Tigers held on to defeat Cronulla 24-22 after the Sharks threatened at every turn. A late try to centre Chris Lawrence gave Wests Tigers a 14-10 halftime lead in their NRL clash with lowly Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval.

Lawrence received the ball with just five seconds of the half remaining and his speedy 40 metre burst down the left burnt off the Sharks defence.

Looking to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder, the Tigers trailed 4-0 early on in a match in which late replacements and players lining up against their former club had a profound influence.

Former Tiger Dean Collis scored the opening try in the 12th minute when his strength allowed him to squeeze through attempted tackles from Lawrence and winger Lote Tuqiri.

Tigers fullback Mitch Brown, a replacement for Wade McKinnon who withdrew with a hamstring issue, was heavily involved midway through the half.

Former Shark Brown was denied one try by video referee Phil Cooley, but little more than a minute later pounced on a stab kick by Tigers captain and hooker Robbie Farah.

Second rower Liam Fulton put the Tigers ahead in the 25th minute as he powered his way over the line, the Sharks fighting back when Blake Ferguson - a late replacement for Issac Gordon - crossing on the half hour.

Ferguson pounced on the loose ball after Tuqiri couldn't catch a bomb, Lawrence having one try scrubbed by Cooley when bundled into touch before his late burst.

The Sharks came out fighting in the second half, threatening the Tigers try-line but failing with poor handling.

The Tigers benefted from the penalites that flowed from the Sharks possession, taking the field position and capitalising as winger Lote Tuqiri sprinted down the flank to score a much needed four-pointer.

With Chris Lawrence assuming kicking duties from the off-target Benji Marshall, his missed conversion could have been costly. With 10 minutes to go the Tigers led by eight points but the Sharks constantly threatened through the enthusiastic pace of full-back Nathan Gardner.

The Tigers improved defence proved invaluable, as they were able to hold out the Sharks for the final eight minutes and solidify hopes of a home semi-final.

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