Tigers hold on for crucial win
Fri, 18 May 2012 10:43p.m.
The Wests Tigers confirmed their title as the NRL's most perplexing team, mounting a spirited second-half comeback without skipper Robbie Farah to defeat the Warriors 24-22 at a packed Leichhardt Oval on Friday night.
After a lethargic opening in which they looked like they desperately missed the stability and creative input of Farah, who is in camp with NSW ahead of Wednesday's State of Origin opener in Melbourne, the Tigers overturned a 10-0 halftime deficit to pile on four tries.
They had to endure a nerve-wracking ending, but the match was sealed when fullback Tim Moltzen ghosted through for a try in the 78th minute.
Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell scored a consolation try in the 80th minute, his second of the game, to narrow the final scoreline.
The home side did it without Chris Lawrence as well, with the makeshift five-eighth succumbing to a hamstring injury at halftime.
Beau Ryan kick-started the comeback when he capitalised on a Manu Vatuvei error to open the Tigers account six minutes after the break.
Ryan had put in an innocuous grubber which Vatuvei made a meal of, before the Tigers winger toed the ball ahead again and dove on it for the try.
As quick as a flash, the home side found themselves in the lead when from the following set after the kick-off they marched upfield and Marshall put in a perfectly weighted kick for Lote Tuqiri to score his second try of the year.
Marshall completed the hot start to the second half with a sideline conversion to give the Tigers a 12-10 lead.
It looked a completely different Tigers outfit to the one that had bumbled their way to a 10-0 halftime deficit, care of tries to Warriors duo Bill Tupou and Ben Henry.
The match swung back in the Warriors favour in the 54th minute when five-eighth James Maloney, who had a fine game, latched onto a Moltzen grubber and started a 90-metre movement downfield which ended with Hurrell outpacing Marshall for a converted try to reclaim a 16-12 lead.
Ten minutes later, the Tigers found themselves back in front when powerful bench utility Matt Utai, playing his 150th NRL game, burrowed over from close range on his hands and knees to lock up the scores at 16-16.
Once again Marshall converted from the sideline, giving the Tigers a two-point lead that would eventually be the difference.
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19/05/2012 12:42:21 a.m.
19/05/2012 12:26:31 a.m.
Steven McGayvor should follow his heart and wear that lovely pastel sweater he s been hiding from us.
19/05/2012 12:21:32 a.m.
One minute steven Mcivor is puckering up to the warriors and the next he is shaking his head smirking down at them. There is no place in League for that kind of carry on.
19/05/2012 12:17:35 a.m.
Great game warriors, not the score but everything else.McIver sux.
19/05/2012 12:14:45 a.m.
Steven McIver likes watching boys tackling each other a bit too much for my liking.
19/05/2012 12:11:58 a.m.
Id like to see McIvor take on the tigers line and see how he gets on. I reckon his face would get smashed into the mud.Seriously he is a capital D.
19/05/2012 12:06:17 a.m.
Steven McIvor is the biggest loser I have ever seen on TV. Who is he giving favors to keep his job. He is shocking.
19/05/2012 12:02:16 a.m.
It's so frustrating listining to steven mcivor during half time and after the game. Can he be givin a job calling the hocky or something. No offence to the hocky guys of course.
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