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Article Tele-Tigers beat Parra Eels 20-12 @ Gosford

Post by Spartan117 » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 7:07 am

Wests Tigers beat Parramatta Eels 20-12 in NRL trial at Gosford

James Hooper in Gosford The Daily Telegraph February 11, 2012 10:16PM ... 6268666793

PRIZE Parramatta recruit Chris Sandow was left vomiting in the sheds with severe concussion as premiership-favourites Wests Tigers last night fired the opening warning shot of the new season.

The new Tigers halves combination of Benji Marshall and Tim Moltzen led a clinical four-tries-to-two victory over the Eels.

After some sharp early involvement and a cross-field kick for Esi Tonga's opening try, Sandow plucked a second half interception off his own goal-line and raced 80m before being cleaned up in a cover tackle from Tigers opposite Moltzen.

Aside from bombing a certain try by ignoring rookie Eels speedster Ken Sio, Sandow was forced from the field with severe concussion in the 53rd minute.

Laying flat on his back for two minutes as Parramatta trainers checked his condition, the Eels' $550,000 signing gingerly got to his feet before taking a seat on the bench.

Tigers coach Tim Sheens labelled the cover tackle from Moltzen the turning point after his side went on to consolidate a 20-6 first-half lead into an eight-point victory.

The Tigers looked damaging and dangerous as housemates Marshall and Moltzen laid on two set-piece tries for left winger Matt Utai.

With new recruit and Kiwi Test vice-captain Adam Blair stationed on the left edge with Marshall, English international Gareth Ellis shifted to the right side and the $7 title favourites looked threatening right across the park.

"They'd be the quickest halves, as a pair, [in the competition]. I don't think there'd be too many quicker," Tigers coach Tim Sheens said.

With Marshall in fine touch, the Tigers blasted in four first-half tries against an Eels outfit missing captain Nathan Hindmarsh and star fullback Jarryd Hayne.

Both teams were playing for the inaugural Sean Burns Shield in honour of the Eels head conditioner who passed away a fortnight ago.

Burns spent time working at Parramatta and Wests Tigers.

Rookie Tigers fullback James Tedesco recovered from a shaky start to submit a strong case for coach Sheens to pick him as his custodian for round one.

After a quality opening 40 minutes, the second half was fairly flat until Eels centre Vai Toutai scored on the stroke of fulltime.

"I've been in the business too long to know talk about favourites at this stage of the season is ludicrous," Sheens said.

"We're a long way away from being favourites to win the premiership and so is everyone else."

Parramatta prop Mitchell Allgood lasted only three minutes before suffering a severe concussion going in to make a regulation tackle on Tigers counterpart Aaron Woods.

The Eels rookie of the year last season was jelly-legged as Allgood had to be assisted from the field by two trainers after his head appeared to collide with the hip of Woods.

For the Tigers, Utai bagged a pair while Blake Ayshford and Beau Ryan scored tries.

New Parramatta recruit Esi Tonga scored the Eels' only try of the opening half before Toutai went across on fulltime.

The Tigers were missing captain Robbie Farah, Lote Tuqiri, Chris Lawrence and Mitch Brown. Coach Sheens said Farah and Lawrence would feature in the Foundation Cup against Sydney Roosters at Campbelltown next Sunday.

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Post by smoking gun » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 8:40 am

Heard Liam has a fractured eye socket but I cAnt get confirmation

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Post by tigersrule4life » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 8:49 am

But they said everyone was okey for next week ??

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Post by tiger91 » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 8:53 am

As far as I know, it was only a cut underneath his eye. But that could easily turn into a fractured eye socket.

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Post by AJ* » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 9:11 am

Poor Liam. Supposing it is a fracture, what would be the minimum recovery? I'd imagine it wouldn't be the type of injury you could recover quickly from

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Post by tiger rat » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 9:13 am

I know it was only a trial but the penalty count was something like 10 -1 to

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Post by 21sixers » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 9:19 am

smoking gun wrote:Heard Liam has a fractured eye socket but I cAnt get confirmation
if your forum name is anything to go off excuse me for being a bit sceptical ;)
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Post by innsaneink » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 9:32 am

21sixers wrote:
smoking gun wrote:Heard Liam has a fractured eye socket but I cAnt get confirmation
if your forum name is anything to go off excuse me for being a bit sceptical ;)
Hope he's wrong on this one

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Post by cunno » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 10:50 am

Oh no not injuries already!!

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Post by Goose » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 11:07 am

if it is a broken eye socket, it will only be a few weeks to recover, so all in all not too bad.

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Post by willow » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 11:12 am

I would think Liam will be rested given he has stitches under his eye.

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Post by softlaw » Sun 12 Feb, 2012 11:18 am

Photos here ... 900?page=1
Photo 4 is a closeup of Liams split. Doesn't look immediately like a break but who knows.

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Post by ~ Tiger Zoe ~ » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 12:45 pm

Winning FTW! :D

I have been away for a week and got home yesterday to read we won, great start to the year, even tho its only a trial, beating the Eels is always nice :)

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Post by cktiger » Mon 13 Feb, 2012 2:24 pm

Wow - just looked at the pic!
That is a BAD cut!

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