Tigers beat Titans to move into top four

Kickoff: 7PM, Monday 29 August
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Telecast: FOX Sports 2 LIVE
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Tigers beat Titans to move into top four

Post by willow » Mon 29 Aug, 2011 10:24 pm

Tigers beat Titans to move into top four
August 29, 2011 - 9:13PM

Wests Tigers 39 Gold Coast Titans 10

With the cloud of an assault charge finally evaporated, Benji Marshall produced a masterful performance to guide Wests Tigers into the NRL top four for the first time this year with a 39-10 win over Gold Coast.

Marshall, whose assault charge stemming from an incident in March this year was dismissed in Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, scored one try and had a leading hand in four others as the Tigers maintained their charge with a seventh straight win.

They are now one short of their club record winning sequence, which was set incidentally during their stunning run to their one and only premiership in 2005.

Needing to win by more than 12 points to leapfrog North Queensland into fourth heading into the last round meeting with Cronulla, the Tigers jumped out to a 20-0 lead before weathering a Titans comeback in running out seven tries to two winners, Marshall earning a early breather ten minutes from time.

The Kiwi skipper was at the heart of everything the Tigers did early, a blazing short side raid setting up Matt Utai's opener before a two-man cut-out pass found Beau Ryan on the opposite side, the winger doing brilliantly to touch down with all but his ball-carrying arm outside the field of play.

He backed-up an Aaron Woods bust to make it 16-0 after 20 minutes, and an out ball to Robert Lui created an overlap which allowed Blake Ayshford to crash over.

Such was the Tigers' dominance at that point that it was scarcely believable that these two sides were the two that bowed out in last year's preliminary finals given the gulf in class.

With a likely wooden spoon shootout with Parramatta looming on Saturday night, the Titans heads appeared elsewhere, but it was the Tigers who were caught napping when Mark Minichiello won the race to a surprise William Zillman grubber.

The blow to the points differential became a lot worse when Marshall added another try assist after the break, this one a beautiful cut-out pass for Titans winger David Mead who took his intercept 55 metres.

At 22-10, the Tigers were back to level with the Cowboys on points differential, and they were lucky to escape when Zillman lost the ball as he reached out to score.

The nerves on the bench finally settled when Lote Tuqiri scored his second try of the year on the hour, the dual international making his third comeback from injury for 2011.

Tim Moltzen and Chris Heighington added two more tries before Robbie Farah slotted a field goal to give the Tigers a 17-point buffer in points differential on the fifth-placed Cowboys.

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Post by willow » Mon 29 Aug, 2011 10:27 pm

By Wayne Cousins
29/08/2011 8:51:50 PM


Wests Tigers moved to the vital fourth spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder tonight with a resounding 39-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

In front of a crowd of 14, 378, Wests Tigers recorded their seventh straight victory with five-eighth Benji Marshall setting up four tries and scoring one himself. Head Coach Tim Sheens rested Marshall for the final 10 minutes.

Wests Tigers ran in 7 tries to 2.

The win moves Wests Tigers to 32 points equal with the North Queensland Cowboys but into fourth spot on a better points differential (17 points).

Wests Tigers are also now within one win of equalling the club record of 8 for most consecutive wins set on their way to winning the 2005 premiership.

Wests Tigers lost props Bryce Gibbs and Todd Payten through injury. Aaron Woods moved off the interchange bench to replace Gibbs with Ben Murdoch-Masila and Mark Flanagan added to the bench.

The game was just 3 minutes old when five-eighth Benji Marshall scooted out from dummy half to race 20 metres down the blindside before sending centre Matt Utai on a 40 metre run to score next to the posts.

Marshall converted the try for a 6-0 lead.

A superb two man cut out pass by Marshall saw winger Beau Ryan dive over in the right corner to score a brilliant try on the last tackle in the 15th minute for a 10-0 lead. Marshall failed to convert the try from the sideline.

Marshall brought up 800 career points when he got on the end of a break by prop Aaron Woods to race 20 metres acrossfield in a stepping run to score a sensational try next to the posts. Marshall converted the try for a 16-0 lead after 21 minutes.

Video referee Sean Hamsptead was called on in the 28th minute to rule whether Gold Coast five-eighth William Zillman had scored after winger Steve Michaels knocked the ball forward from a crossfield kick that was allowed to bounce by Wests Tigers. It was ruled no try.

Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford dived over for a try in the 33rd minute after good lead up work by Marshall and half-back Robert Lui.
Marshall converted the try for a 22-0 lead after 34 minutes.

A minute later, Marshall made a 40 metre break but his inside pass just inches from going over the sideline found Titans second-rower Mark Minichiello 20 metres out from the Gold Coast tryline.

Minichiello opened the Titans account in the 37th minute when he pounced on a grubber kick from Zillman to score in the corner after the Titans got the ball following a loose carry by Wests Tigers full-back Tim Moltzen.

Half-back Preston Campbell's attempt hit the left upright and bounced away to leave Wests Tigers leading 22-4 after 38 minutes.

Wests Tigers left the field to a standing ovation to their 22-4 lead at half-time.

2nd Half
Gold Coast reduced the margin to 22-8 when winger David Mead intercepted a pass from Marshall to race 55 metres untouched to score. Campbell converted the try for a 22-10 scoreline after 49 minutes.

Wests Tigers stretched their lead to 26-10 when winger Lote Tuqiri scored in the left corner in the 61st minute after good lead up work by Utai and Marshall. Marshall failed to convert the try.

A nice step back inside by Moltzen saw him brush past two defenders to score behind the posts in the 66th minute. Marshall converted the try for a 32-10 lead.

Moltzen then popped a short ball for lock Chris Heighington to score near the posts. Utility back Mitch Brown converted the try for a 38-10 lead after 78 minutes.

Hooker Robbie Farah popped a field goal in the final seconds for the 39-10 victory.

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Post by Spartan117 » Mon 29 Aug, 2011 10:57 pm

Thx Willow,

Great night - Saturday cant come quick enough for me.


Post by Magpie70 » Mon 29 Aug, 2011 11:05 pm

Thanks Willow. It was a very enjoyable game. Great to move into 4th spot.

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Post by willow » Tue 30 Aug, 2011 6:07 am

Wests Tigers beat Gold Coast Titans in NRL round 25

Paul Crawley
From: The Daily Telegraph
August 30, 2011 12:00PM

WITH his court case done and dusted, Benji Marshall got back to work last night - and what a show he turned on for the fans at Campbelltown.

Just five days after beating an assault charge, Marshall firmed as Dally M Medal favourite with another dazzling performance in the Wests Tigers' thumping 39-10 victory over Gold Coast.

Marshall laid on four tries and scored one himself as the Tigers secured their seventh straight win.

In doing so they also locked down a top four spot for the first time this season ahead of their final round clash with the Sharks on Saturday night.

A clearly relieved Marshall told Fox Sports: "After the week I've had it's nice to just be able to play footy."

Preston Campbell was blown away by Benji's form on the eve of the next Tuesday night's Dally M awards.

"That is just the kind of player he is, give him a lot of ball, he'll punish you for it," Campbell said.

"He was on tonight, Benji. The majority of their points come from his deadly play."

The win means the Tigers move into fourth spot with a 17-point differential lead over the fifth-placed Cowboys who take on the Warriors on Saturday night.

If they Tigers beat the Sharks, they should secure a home final as well as equal a club record eight wins established in 2005 - the year they finished as premiers.

Asked if he was proud of his team's efforts given the club's dramas in 2011 relating to injury and player retention, Sheens said: "Very much so.

"I scream a bit and jump up and down, not as bad as Bellyache, but it is a good effort considering some of the issues we've had.

"We've had as many out as any one. I think we've used 30 players. Melbourne and Manly are 24 and 26 so we've had our issues.

"But as a club we're pretty tight. We've come through some tough things this year and at the end of the day we are playing for one another so that's a good sign."

There were plenty of good signs last night.

Lote Tuqiri scored in his return from injury while Gareth Ellis was also back and getting some fitness ahead of the finals.

From the opening minutes it just wasn't a fair fight as Benji gave the Titans a crash course in class.

He brilliantly set up early tries for Matt Utai and Beau Ryan with freakish plays and he scored one himself that had the Titans clutching at shadows.

Despite throwing an intercept pass for David Mead's try he was clearly man of the match - which will surely only improve his chances of taking the game's most prestigious individual award next Tuesday night.

Sheens said it was good to see him free of outside distractions after the court case last week.

"I just asked him to do his job and he made some significant plays for the team including some fine running but he also made a few mistakes that he's not happy with," Sheens explained of Marshall's game.

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Post by cunno » Tue 30 Aug, 2011 6:41 am

Thanks Willow. The fact that the Wests Tigers were able to win this gain comfortably compared to past seasons when they have been prone to lose games they are expected to win, signifies, IMO, that they could very well go all the way this year at least to the GF- big call? comment based on results in this later part of the season particularly as well as their momentum, players returning from injury, the team's attitude and unity, improved form of key players.

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