JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

A win's a win: Tigers take the points despite patchy effort

Date

Brad Walter

Tigers 24 Warriors 22

Tiger for punishment ... Warriors defenders drive Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri into the turf at Leichhardt Oval last night. The home side overcame a 10-0 deficit to score their fifth win of the season.

Tiger for punishment ... Warriors defenders drive Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri into the turf at Leichhardt Oval last night. The home side overcame a 10-0 deficit to score their fifth win of the season. Photo: Anthony Johnson

SOMETIMES it is not about how you win - just that you do.

MATCH STATS

That was the attitude Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens and his players were adopting towards last night's defeat of the Warriors and understandably so.

Benji Marshall drifts across the field.

Benji Marshall drifts across the field. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Anyone who has watched them play this season would find it hard to understand how they could have been premiership favourites at the start of the year.

Often, the Tigers only look interested when they are behind on the scoreboard and it took a backs-to-the-wall second-half performance after trailing 10-0 at half-time to get them home.

That they had do so after losing stand-in five-eighth Chris Lawrence at the break with a hamstring injury shows the character in the team.

Strong run ...  Lawrence bursts through a tackle.

Strong run ... Lawrence bursts through a tackle. Photo: Getty Images

Yet without NSW Origin hooker Robbie Farah, the Tigers were all too predictable in the first half as they repeatedly looked to Benji Marshall to do something special in attack.

In reality, they have rarely played well all season and could be considered fortunate to have won five matches.

Two were golden point wins - including one against Cronulla in round one that was assisted by a refereeing blunder in extra-time.

They were almost run down by Parramatta after leading 31-0 and only triumphed 31-30, while it took a Farah field goal to beat Gold Coast in extra time. Their only other win was a 30-0 victory against an injury-depleted Penrith side.

''All the wins have been that way - they haven't been classic Wests Tigers - but we haven't had everyone fit and we have been a bit up and down with changes in personnel so we have had to grind a win out,'' Sheens said.

''We ground it out tonight when we had to and at this stage of the season you take every win no matter how you get them.''

With so much at stake, the Tigers started poorly when Warriors winger Bill Tupou crosssed in the corner after only four minutes when Shaun Johnson spread the ball to his right through James Maloney and Konrad Hurrell.

The early try and another in the 23rd minute by rookie centre Ben Henry after Beau Ryan dropped a Maloney kick kept the Leichhardt faithful quiet until the second half.

After the break, the Tigers seemed to have more purpose and Ryan scored in the 46th minute after putting a kick behind opposite winger Manu Vatuvei before Marshall employed the same tactic on the other side of the field.

This time it was Lote Tuqiri who ran past his wing opposite, Tupou, to score and Marshall's conversion put the Tigers in front for the first time after 50 minutes.

However, the lead was short-lived - Hurrell scored a 90-metre try four minutes later when Maloney picked up a poorly timed Moltzen kick and sent the giant centre racing for the line.

Perhaps fittingly, given the way they played, the winning try came from Matt Utai crawling his way over the line in the 63rd minute but there were more twists and turns left in the match, with Moltzen scoring and Hurrell crossing in the last minute.

WESTS TIGERS 24 (T Moltzen B Ryan L Tuqiri M Utai tries B Marshall 4 goals) bt WARRIORS 22 (K Hurrell 2 B Henry B Tupou tries J Maloney 3 goals) at Leichhardt Oval. Referee: Tony Archer, Jason Robinson. Crowd: 16,406.

 

Related Coverage

Live: Wests Tigers v NZ Warriors

Welcome to tonight’s live blog of the Wests Tigers v Warriors match.

Captain, my captain: Marshall leads troops from the front

WESTS TIGERS coach Tim Sheens was ready to switch Benji Marshall back to his regular position at five-eighth in the second half to replace the injured Chris Lawrence, but Marshall demanded he stay at halfback.

Mateo looks to premiership despite loss

WARRIORS star Feleti Mateo believes the club is on track for another shot at the premiership, despite last night's 24-22 loss to Wests Tigers. The Warriors blew a 10-0 halftime lead to trail 24-16 until centre Konrad Hurrell crossed for his second try of the match in the final minute, but Mateo said there were a lot the team could take out of the game.

Five things we learnt from last night's game

It's a characteristic that has been synonymous with the Tigers for a number of years. They looked out of the game at 10-0 down at half-time, but they turned it on in the second half.

Pearce corps: Why Junior's unfazed by burden of guiding Blues attack

SITTING around the lunch table at the AAMI Park cafe are some of rugby league's best players, and alsosome of the game's most colourful and controversial characters. Todd Carney chirps away. Blues captain Paul Gallen wears a paternal smile. Robbie Farah looks, as always, to be at the heart of the action. And, as they share a joke, the Stewarts, Brett and Glenn, are not the brooding presence they have often been in public.

Related Coverage

Four Nations 2014

Round 1
Sat, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
ENG 32 vs SAM 26 Stats
AUS 12 vs NEWZ 30 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sat, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEWZ 14 vs SAM 12 Report Stats
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
AUS 16 vs ENG 12 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Sat, 08 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEWZ 16 vs ENG 14 Report Stats
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
AUS 44 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Final
Sat, 15 NovTimes shown AEDT
NEWZ 22 vs AUS 18 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Four Nations 2014
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
New Zealand 3 3 0 0 22 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 12 4
England 3 1 2 0 0 2
Samoa 3 0 3 0 -34 0
View all
 
Featured advertisers