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Round 20:Willow’s Match Report and Player Review

Round 20:  Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers

@ Canberra

Round 20 of the NRL premiership saw the Wests Tigers travel to the concrete icicle known as Canberra Stadium, for yet another must-win clash against an out-of-form Raiders outfit who had a virus sweep through the side during the week. There would be no excuses for the Tigers if they lost this match however, with their season on the line and some decent form under their belt, a win would provide some sorely needed momentum with sides around them also winning over the weekend. Onto the match…

1st half:

The game began under slippery conditions, and to me it almost looked like the players were in slow motion at times, as the field looked slow with players doing their best to preserve their footing. For the Tigers though, they opened the match with a compressed defensive line and numbered up well, defending strongly and giving the Raiders nothing to work with. In the early stages, both Payten and Gibbs got involved heavily in attack while the Tigers kicking game found open space and they made the Raiders work it out of their danger zone.

The Tigers were first to score in the 12th minute through Tim Moltzen, after the Tigers ran it on the last play about 15 metres out from the Raiders line. There was seemingly nothing doing until Moltzen buried his right foot in the turf and produced his trademark sidestep to the left. A massive gap opened up in the Raiders line and Moltzen went through untouched to score underneath the posts. Benji converted to give the Tigers a handy 6-0 lead.

As the Tigers are often renowned, they dropped the ball on the next set, giving the Raiders a good opportunity to hit back. Fortunately for the Tigers it appeared that all of the players turned up to tackle and they held the Raiders out. This next period in the match saw the Raiders enjoy the majority of possession, as some Tigers mistakes and penalties allowed the Raiders to press hard on the Tigers try line. The Raiders did cross the Tigers line, however the try was disallowed as the video ref ruled that Bronson Harrison held back Gareth Ellis from attempting to make a tackle. It looked a 50/50 call IMO, but it went the Tigers way and they got themselves out of trouble.

Once again though, the Raiders worked their way back into the Tigers red zone, however the Tigers defence numbered up very well with some important tackles made by Danny Galea and Tim Moltzen among others. A last tackle play by the Raiders in the 26th minute saw a short pass popped straight into the waiting arms of Tim Moltzen who proceeded to race 90 metres and score under the posts. It looked like Moltzen might get reeled in on the halfway line as a Raiders centre gave chase but he seemed to hit the wall while Moltzen just kept powering away. Benji again made no mistake with the kick and it was now 12-0 to the Tigers.

The Tigers extended their lead in the 33rd minute, this time scoring through a play which started on the halfway line. Farah got out of dummy half early and headed across field before picking up Todd Payten who did well to draw in a couple of players before offloading to Shannon Gallant who hit the ball at speed and set off down the sideline leaving a vapour trail behind him. Just as Gallant ran out of room and met the Raiders fullback, he placed a clever cross field grubber kick which bounced up smartly for John Morris who dove over the line close to the posts. Benji again converted and things were looking good for the Tigers at 18-0.

Just as the halftime siren was about to sound Robbie Farah stepped up to the mark and coolly slotted a 30 metre field goal to give the Tigers a handy 19-0 lead.

The Tigers had done a very good job in the first half, as the Raiders enjoyed majority possession and had gotten away a few offloads. To the Tigers credit, their defence was solid and they were clearly the more determined side.

2nd half:

The second half was a much more dour affair, as light rain began to fall and mistakes continued to occur from both sides. The Tigers were first to draw blood in the second half and it was none other than the master of disaster, the human wrecking, goldtooth, the fender bender, the TNT express, Taniela Tuiaki who crossed out wide after some good lead up work by Benji. Speaking of Benji, he kept his 100% kicking record in tact by landing the sideline conversion to give the Tigers a 25-0 lead.

For the next 20 minutes, nothing much happened. Canberra once again enjoyed majority of possession and were firmly camped in the Tigers half, but still could not find a way through the Tigers defence. On the odd occasion where the Raiders did look dangerous, they came up with a poor kick or a dropped pass and the Tigers were able to work it away. The Raiders eventually crossed in the 62 minute through Daniel Vidot. The try came from a cross field bomb and Joel Monaghan and Tuiaki were left to fight for the bomb. Tuiaki didn’t get close to the ball while Monaghan got fingertips to it. Vidot came through and dove over the line as the ball was ruled to have bounced backwards. Campese’s attempted conversion headed towards Quanbeyan rather than the posts and the score remained 25-4.

That would be the last time the scoreboard would move, as the Tigers held firm and occasionally counter punched their way out of their half, with Tim Moltzen again coming up with a good linebreak to get the Tigers out of trouble on one occasion.

In the end the Tigers ran out convincing winners and thoroughly deserved their win which was built on the back of solid defence and making the most of their chances when they got them. There were no poor players on the park for the Tigers as today’s win was clearly a team effort, with the standout player being Tim Moltzen IMO, as he was dangerous in attack and defended well all game.

Anyway, onto the players:

1. Gallant – Another good game from Shannon with only one mistake coming in the second half when he got into a wrestle with a Raiders player and was ruled to have dropped the ball. Otherwise Gallant was good, he supported well and came up with one try saver. 125 metres in attack, 1 error, 1 linebreak and 1 try assist.

2. Tuiaki – Another good game from the big fella. Conditions didn’t suit but he was still strong and scored another try on his quest to be leading try scorer for the year. Will always have trouble getting off the ground in defending bombs, but he’s always going to be a handful when he winds up in attack. 143 metres in attack, 4 tackle breaks, 1 line break.

3. Ayshford
– Saw very little ball in attack, but defended strongly and was safe. Handling himself well in FG. 25 tackles with 5 missed and 4 1-on-1 tackles.

4. Lawrence
– Again saw very little ball and looked uncomfortable at times, sounds like he played injured with a dodgy ankle. Came up with 1 bad dropped ball but defended well. 39 metres in attack, 17 tackles, 1 error 1 try assist and 1 linebreak assist.

5. Ryan
– Looked a bit angry out there today when making a couple of tackles. Also came up with 3 errors which may have got him a bit annoyed in the first place. 119 metres in attack, 9 tackles and 3 tackle breaks in an ok performance.

6. Benji
– Came up with one or two plays where no one knew what he was doing, and some of his short kicks had too much weight on them again but it was one of Benji’s more controlled efforts. Kicked ok at times for 318 metres, made 13 tackles, 1 error, and didn’t miss a kick at goal. Could have run the ball more but today showed that Benji didn’t need to try too much.

7. Moltzen
– Pick of the Tigers today IMO. Attacked well as his 2 tries indicate. Defended very soundly also. Looking the good at 7 and he was more dominant than Benji and Robbie today I would have to say. 2 tries, 3 linebreaks, 19 tackles, kicked for 201 metres and ran for 171 metres.

8. Gibbs
– Coughed the ball up once in the first half, but otherwise solid in the slippery conditions. Got through good work in attack and defence and forced a mistake from the Raiders with a good solid tackle also. Came up with 125 metres in attack, 26 tackles with 3 missed and 2 errors.

9. Farah – Good game from Robbie although not dominant. The ruck was kept pretty tight today although Robbie still managed to offer his usual good service and was very involved in defence. Ran for 45 metres, kicked for 249 metres, landed a field goal, and came up with a whopping 49 tackles and 59 metres in attack.

10. Payten
– Big Toddy stepped up in his return to the village today. Got over the 100 metre mark in attack for the first time this season to my memory. Got through a heavy workload all match and did well today. 145 metres in attack, 25 tackles, 1 intercept, 3 offloads and 1 linebreak assist.

11. Ellis – I thought he may score his first try of the season today as he almost trampled his way free close to the line in the second half. Kept Bronson under wraps in defence whenever he tackled him. Ran hard and went well again. 116 metres in attack, 23 tackles.

12. Galea – Gave away 2 penalties but proceeded to come up with some solid hits in defence to try and counter this. Still desperately lacks any penetration in attack though, with only 27 metres to his name. Came up with 34 solid tackles though.

13. Payne
– Didn’t notice Payne much today, he was again quiet in attack with only 31 metres to his name and came up with 22 tackles. Made 2 errors and conceded 1 penalty.

14. Morris – Went ok again today off the bench and was in the right place to score a try from Gallants in-field grubber kick. 65 metres in attack and made 29 tackles although he conceded 2 penalties for his troubles.

15. Schirnack
– Did ok again although he’s not very damaging in running the ball. Built in a similar mould to Heighno but I’d like to see more of him before I make a firm call on Schirnack. 43 metres in attack and 14 tackles.

16. Skandalis
– Way down on yardage today with only 52 metres in attack. Also down in defence with 15 tackles and 3 missed, so it was one of Skandos more quiet performance since returning to the top grade. Got put on report for a late high shot on Campese and could miss a week if found guilty.

17. Dwyer
– Held his own again when he came on in the second half, although again the Tigers were doing a lot of tackling when Dwyer came on. An offseason in the gym will really help him as he’s a tall fellow who will could prove to be a damaging ball runner out wide next season. Only 36 metres in attack and 13 tackles.

Overall Analysis:

Attack:

Not the free-flowing attack we saw last week against the Cowboys, but the conditions in Canberra were never going to allow for this. It was a tough grind up the middle through the ruck, but the Tigers held their own here with Gibbs, Ellis and Payten all making over 100 metres in attack and Moltzen, Tuiaki and Gallant all making over 100 metres for the backs. Benji and Robbie were fairly subdued in attack though with Moltzen causing most of the damage today.

Defence:

This is what won the Tigers the game today as they muscled up well and kept the Raiders pack well in check for the most part. There were one or two occasions where the Raiders got a roll on and looked dangerous, but the Tigers scrambled well. Galea was solid in D, as was Gibbs, Ellis, Payten, Moltzen and Ayshford. Farah topped the tackle count with ease to lead the way for the Tigers.

Kicking game:

Far superior to the Raiders today. The Tigers found open space on a few occasions and found touch on others. A couple of kicks went dead but the Tigers also forced a couple of line dropouts through Benji and Robbie. A few kicks went down the throat of Dugan in the second half but the Tigers handled him well.

Overall the Tigers were by far and away the more dangerous team today. The Raiders had plenty of ball inside the Tigers half but could not get across the line. Yes the Raiders were ordinary and they made a few mistakes, but some were also forced by the Tigers with solid defence. And when it came to attack, the Tigers made the most of their opportunities when they arose.

  • Final stats for the match (Raiders in brackets):
  • Errors: 13 (14)
    Completions: 33/43 (30/43)
    Penalties: 5 (8)
    Scrums: 4 (9)
    Tackles: 314 (290)
    1 on 1 tackles: 41 (24)
    Missed tackles: 22 (16)
    Line breaks: 4 (1)
    Offloads: 4 (13)
    Try assists: 2 (1)
    Line dropouts: 2 (3)
    All run metres: 1229 (1251)

The Tigers face a very difficult match next Monday night against a Manly side which is in very good form and playing off the back of a large and mobile forward pack. The Tigers may see Keith Galloway return which would be a timely boost, but they enter the match with some momentum after now scoring 3 wins in a row for the first time this season.

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Willow’s Match Report and Player Review

I hope that this will be a regular feature here at A Senex View.  I have permission of Wests Tigers Fan Forum to reproduce Fan Willow’s match report.

Round 19: Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys
@ Leichhardt

Round 19 saw the Wests Tigers return to Leichardt Oval for their final home match of the season at the old girl. Today’s game was a must-win for the Tigers, as they were outside the 8 on 16 points and desperate to try and claw back their season against the Cowboys who were placed on 22 points. The Cowboys were dealt a blow losing QLD SOO prop Matt Scott to a knee injury while the Tigers had Robbie Farah playing after being knocked around with tonsilitis during the week. Just who would prove victorious today…

1st half:

It began in the worst possible fashion for the Tigers as the Cowboys split them up the middle through Anthony Watts who eventually put Matt Bowen in under the posts after 45 seconds. Thurston made no mistake with the kick and it was 6-0 to the Cowboys. The Cowboys continued to bend the Tigers back early who really did look off their game as the Cowboys went up-tempo. The Cowboys extended their lead in the 8th minute through a Thurston penalty goal after Bryce Gibbs held Southern down for too long.

Fortunately for the Tigers they managed to switch on and slowly started to work their way into the game as their defence started to number up. In attack Farah was involved heavily early, trying to catch the Cowboys out around the ruck. Tuiaki was also heavily involved with plenty of his traditional strong running. The Tigers had half a chance to score in the 19th minute as Benji Marshall stepped 4 Cowboys players and then threw a bullet pass towards Beau Ryan, but Ryan was too far back and the pass went over the sideline.

The Cowboys started to give the Tigers a sniff in the 22nd minute as they started to make mistakes in the danger zone. The Tigers made them pay through some Benji Marshall brilliance as he drifted across field from a scrum win, showed the ball and sliced through the Cowboys defence to score in the corner. Benji converted his try from the sideline and at 8-6, they were back in the game. Things turned ugly however as Farah was taken out in backplay during the Benji try and things blew up from the re-start as he and Watts came to blows. Both players were given 10 in the sin bin however the Tigers won the penalty.

The Tigers hit the front for the first time in the match in the 33rd minute through Chris Lawrence. It was a great Tigers try which was started deep inside their own half as John Morris made a break before offloading to Ayshford who was rounded up on the halfway way line. From there Tuiaki set sail across field, getting on the outside of the Cowboys defence before offloading to a flying Marshall who drew in the cover before offloading to Lawrence who had too much speed and crossed out wide. Benji converted and it was 12-8 to the Tigers.

The Tigers now started to look very dangerous as Tim Moltzen split them with a good left foot step and was tackled deep in the Cowboys half. Shortly afterwards the Cowboys split the ball in their danger zone again just as Farah returned to the field. The Tigers made the Cowboys pay as they scored through Tuiaki in the 38th minute. Marshall threw a great ball to Lawrence who found Tuiaki unmarked. Benji’s kick missed and the Tigers went to the sheds leading 16-8.

  • Possession favoured the Tigers 53% and they had 5 linebreaks to 2.

2nd half:

Fortunately for the Tigers they started the second half better than the first, as the ran hard and defended well. John Morris came up with a great shot on Thurston early on and Ayshford also came up with some strong defence. The Tigers had the first real try scoring opportunity through Blake Ayshford as Tim Moltzen split the Cowboys defence before offloading to Ayshford who couldn’t handle the pass. The Tigers made amends in the 49th minute through Shannon Gallant as he showed great pace to stand up Matt Bowen after Marshall put him through a gap off a nice inside ball. Benji’s kick was unsuccessful and it was 20-8 to the Tigers.

From this point the game degenerated some what as the Tigers lost their way in attack but continued to defend quite well, while the Cowboys could not find the elusive try they needed to get themselves back in the match. Several Tigers mistakes gave the Cowboys good field position but they just could not find a way across the Tigers line. They did build pressure though, and eventually found a way across the Tigers line in the 67th minute through the butter-ball shape of Carl Webb. Thurston converted to bring the Cowboys back to within 6 points with time to spare.

That time was shortlived however, as the Tigers extended their lead back to 12 points as Corey Payne dove over from dummyhalf in the 70th minute after Marshall made a great break from deep inside his own half. Benji converted to give the Tigers a 26-12 lead. 3 minutes later the Tigers went further in front through a Benji Marshall penalty goal and they put the game beyond doubt in the 78th minute as Robbie Farah scored off his own grubber kick. The fulltime score wound up at 34-14 and the Tigers thoroughly deserved their win today after overcoming a sluggish start.

Onto the players:

1. Gallant – Very good game from Gallant today as he was safe at the back, sharp in attack and supported well around the field. Scored a very good try showing excellent pace and did his chances of being re-signed no harm at all. 125 metres in attack, 1 try, 1 linebreak, 3 tackle breaks.

2. Tuiaki – The wrecking ball was very damaging today and the pick of the Tigers outside backs as he caused destruction most times he ran the ball. 193 metres in attack, 1 try, 3 linebreaks, 5 tackle breaks, 2 errors.

3. Ayshford – Looked pretty quiet in attack but was pretty solid all the same. 73 metres in attack, 8 tackles with 4 missed which was not good. 2 errors also. I still like him in FG though.

4. Lawrence – Had a better game today and got across the tryline which I always like to see. Defensively he was in the same boat as Ayshford, with 4 missed tackles. 96 metres in attack, 1 try, 1try assist, 17 tackles, 1 linebreak and 1 linebreak assist.

5. Ryan – Safe is the best way to describe Ryan today. 83 metres in attack, 5 tackles and 6 tackle breaks.

6. Marshall – Channel 9 MOM and 2UE MOM. Benji was pretty dangerous today and looked to spark the Tigers regularly today. He came up with 2 errors, but the rest of his stats overshadow that by far. 1 try, 5 goals, 12 tackles with 2 missed, 151 metres in attack, 6 tackle breaks, 2 linebreaks, 2 try assists and 2 linebreak assists in a dominating performance.

7. Moltzen – Tim was also good today I thought. Showed very good pace on several occasions and has definitely helped relieve some of the pressure on Benji IMO. 88 metres in attack which included 2 linebreaks. 1 error, 13 tackles with 2 missed and 5 tackle breaks in a solid effort.

8. Gibbs – Went ok I thought, even if he did give away his customary penalty. Today all the forwards shared the workload well I thought. 102 metres in attack, 23 tackles with 3 missed.

9. Farah – Had a pretty good game I thought. Couldn’t seem to win a penalty in catching the Cowboys markers being offside, but he scored a nice try to finish the game after sustaining a nasty hit to the head in the first half. Also copped 10 in the bin after a get-square against Watts. 61 metres in attack, 1 try, 32 tackles, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 1 error and kicked ok in general play.

10. Payten – Almost non-existent in the first 20 minutes in attack, but the Cowboys majority ball and Todd did defend well. Became a bit more involved as the game wore on. 82 metres in attack and 26 tackles. Not really having any impact this season though.

11. Ellis – Pick of the forwards along with Skando in attack. Gave away a couple of penalties though which let him down. Otherwise Gareth was good though IMO. Ran for 107 metres, 2 linebreak assists, 28 tackles with 3 missed.

12. Galea – What he lacked in attack, in this case 75 metres, he made up for in defence with 28 tackles to top the count. Definitely not a flashy player but he does the dirty stuff around the ruck. Still unsigned for next season. Will he stay?

13. Payne – 2 tries in 2 weeks, something must have Corey all fired up. Did bugger all in attack until he scored with 38 metres. 16 tackles, 4 tackle breaks and 1 linebreak. Still no idea where he will be next season but he was ok today, if a bit quiet.

14. Morris – Had a good impact when he came on, flattening Thurston twice and offering good service from dummyhalf when Farah was in the bin. Decent game from Morris I have to say. 50 metres in attack, 1 linebreak, 24 tackles with 2 missed.

15. Schirnack – Not bad. Worked hard today with 49 metres in attack from 6 runs, came up with 12 tackles. Could offer value off the bench but I think Mataka may offer just a little bit more at this stage.

16. Skandalis – Went pretty well again, the only forward to make over 100 metres with 101. Only made 7 tackles as the Tigers were enjoying a lot of possession when he was on.

17. Dwyer – Came on in the 59th minute and handled himself well I thought. Limited involvement in attack but he defended well and showed good enthusiasm. Could be one to watch next season as he turns 21 next January and currently tips the scales at 102kg. Bound to be a bigger, stronger prospect next season. 24 metres in attack and 10 tackles.

Overall Analysis:

Attack:

Pretty good. The Tigers backline shared largely shared the spoils today with 4 of the 6 tries going their way. Benji and Moltzen directed play well and both came up with a couple of linebreaks of their own. Tuiaki was damaging once again and Gallant did well at the back. Ayshford and Lawrence were solid but didn’t receive a whole lot of ball I thought. The forwards held their own after initially being bent early. Ellis ran hard, as did Skando and Gibbs, but it was one of those matches where the forwards did not star.

Defence:

Woeful for the first minute, but then it stiffened up, and the Tigers held the Cowboys to 14 points which was a good effort as they had Thurston and Bowen on the field. Ellis, Gibbs, Payten, Galea all defended strongly around the middle of the field. Morris and Farah were again busy in D too. The big letdown for mine was the 8 missed tackles between Ayshford and Lawrence, who missed 4 each. Thurston was well marked though and Morris flattened him twice which was great to see.

Kicking Game:

Not bad but not great either. Bowen was certainly limited and kept in check. Farah kicked reasonably well, Moltzen didn’t kick much and Benji put a couple of the deadball line again. Farah’s grubber kick for himself was the only attacking kick the Tigers put in that hurt the Cowboys today.

  • Final match stats (Cowboys in brackets):
  • Errors: 12 (9)
    Completions: 26/38 (25/34)
    Penalties: 7 (5)
    Scrums: 6 (5)
    Tackles: 249 (269)
    1 on 1 tackles: 26 (30)
    Missed tackles: 27 (39)
    Line breaks: 11 (3)
    Offloads: 6 (11)
    Try Assists: 3 (1)
    Line dropouts: 1 (0)

Overall it was a very good win for the Tigers. They started poorly and were off the pace early. The bye might have had something to do with it but the side worked its way into the match and Benji sparked the team into action from around the 20th minute where they took control of the game. Marshall came good with a big one while Robbie and Tuiaki was a handful all afternoon. Moltzen looks capable at 7 and Gallant did well at the back. For the forwards, no one really stood out IMO. Ellis was solid again, Skando went forward and Gibbs was ok. Dwyer did well off the bench and tackled well and looks likely for next season with some more size and strength bound to improve him.

While it was a much needed win, the Tigers have a tough away trip to Canberra next Sunday who will be smarting after turning in an ordinary effort against Penrith. They are a big side who will no doubt try and take the smaller Tigers through the middle, so the Tigers will have to watch for Canberra’s big men trying to get away offloads. It’s a winnable game of course and the key will once again be the forwards aiming up and Farah and Marshall cutting loose around the ruck and out wide.

Man of the Match:

Channel 9, 2GB & Wests Tigers Fans all gave it to Benji Marshall

Sunday at Leichhardt.

Sunday at Leichhardt on the Tele.

A statistic of note is out of the last twelve games at Leichhardt, the Wests Tigers have won nine of them.

0.44 Aaron Payne replacement Watts splits Wests up the middle after the Cowboys attack down the Tigers left side and gets the ball away to Matt Bowen and its a try right under the black dot.  I wonder if I was the only one to see the ball get away as the cameraman didn’t.

2.30 Tigers 0-6 Cowboys

4.00 Marshall makes a break and then passes a shocker forward on the last tackle.  A set that probably should have been restarted

5.00 Penalty against Wests for hand on ball or player

6.25 And tigers absorb the pressure well with goal line defence

6.45 Tuiaki  winds up and scores a penalty for his trouble

8.25  Ty williams comes down with the ball almost uncontested after its been kicked into the sun and Cowboys make it 80 metres down the ground after putting it through the hands and Bryce Gibbs gives away one of his infamous stupid penalties 20m out from Wests try line.

9.30 Cowboys take the kick for goal and lead 8-0

11.55 Disgusted by Corey Payne’s loss of the football, looking to pass when he should have took the tackle.  Cowboys working it down quickly from a string of dummy halves runs and Thurston pasts it forward as the Tigers manage to hold them up right on the line.  5th tackle and Williams kicks it and Gallant covers it nicely

13.  Tuiaki winds up again.  And does well.  And Tigers complete a nice set for the first time of the game with only about their third or fourth touch of the ball.  Moltzen placed the kick after Marshall gave him the ball.

16. Marshall kicks the ball and it rolls dead.  Its a 20m restart but another successful set from the Tigers.

16.38 62% of the football to the Cowboys and their 9th use of the ball.

18.  A scrappy play from the Tigers but earns the penalty.

19.11  Marshall steps around 6 and passes the ball well and truly over the sideline

20.34  Knock on by cowboys

21.  Another leg pull that goes unnoticed

22. Tonga loses on the return from the kick. (cows)

24.  Marshall runs right around all of them from a scrum play and scores a try in the corner.
Replay shows Watts punches Farah twice in the head in the scrum and thats why he was down after the Scrum.  It is a send off offence.  Referee about to make the decision and watts only gets a warning.  Bias by the refs against the Tigers running at least 20 years straight.  Tigers convert.  Cowboys 8-6 Tigers.

24.47  Tigers get a penalty for nothing and Wests lose the ball on the first hit up due to solid defence by the man that shouldn’t even be on the field.  Now there’s a blue in the scrum.  Farah hit 3 on Watts.  And what’s the bet that Watts started it again.  Filthy dirty QLD style of play.  The replay doesn’t show it clearly but Watts has now been sent to the Sin Bin for 10 minutes as has Farah.  Again a Bias Referee but the Tigers win the penalty but with the current field position, it means absolutely nothing.  It is now the 28th minute.

28.44 And the kick rolls over the dead ball line.

31.  Moltzen stuff a pass on the last and the Cowboys get it on halfway and are all ready down to the 25

32.  Great goal line scrambling defence from the Tigers that save a sure Try.  Morris now makes a break gives Ayshford a shocking pass but back on halfway on the second tackle, Tuiaki passes to Marshall who steps around a couple and gives the ball to Lawrence who scores in the corner.  Correction, it was Tuiaki that ran around a couple.
Marhsall’s kick is successful.  Tigers lead 12-8

35.  Moltzen splits them but can’t get past Bowen.  Marshall kicks one into the corner but may have well kicked to Bowen.

36.  A forward pass is knocked on by Manukafoa thankfully.

38  Tigers nearly put one over 3 times and finally get it over with Tuiaki in the left corner, where Marshall scored a few minutes ago.  Marshall narrowly misses the kick.  Tigers 16-8

40.  Marshall puts a little kick through for himself but knocks on as he goes to pick it up.

HALF TIME: TIGERS 16-8 @ LEICHHARDT BABY!
41st minute:  Tigers still testing that left side.

42.  Thurston hit hard by Johnny Morris as he kicks the ball.  Now Ryan makes a solid run.  Farah kicks it straight to Bowen.

43.  Tuiaki winds up but doesn’t get far and then Ellis gets his legs taken from under him.  Ball nicely placed down field on the fourth tackle.

45.  Moltzen splits them down the right side but Ayshford knocks on.  A try goes begging.
48.  Gallant splits them straight down the middle off an inside ball from Marshall, runs around bowen and scores in that infamous left corner.  Marshall’s first kick from the sideline down the other end of the field.  He moves in confidently but hooks it well to the left.  Tigers 20-8.

52.  Tonga tries to get around Ryan but Ryan is more than a match for him.

55.  Wests caught offside but barely.  Cowboys Kaufusi hurt in the tackle but nothing I could see

56 Intercept by Tuiaki.  Tigers put it quickly through the hands only for Tuiaki to drop it after Marshall shook off three tacklers

57.  Gallant shadows the ball to touch-in-goal

58.  Skandalis legendary from Marker causes a knock on/forward pass.  Scrum on Wests 30.

60.  Skandalis accidentally interferes in the play of the ball.

61. Goal line defence being tested but its a forward pass from Turston. Bani.  Interesting to note Morris is playing Lock.

62.  Tuiaki winds up, gives the ball to Lawrence, last tackle, Marshall kicks but Bani takes it and returns it to 15m.

64.  Cowboys dance on the spot passing it to one another.

65.  A forward pass to Rapira, kicked to the corner and Gallant is forced to ground it in-goal.

66.  Ellis holding on too long in the tackle.  Penalty.  Quick Tap.

67.  They’ve struggled to contain Carl Webb all game and he forces his away over the line from two metres out.  Ref gave the try but it looks like Gallant got underneath and its almost fisticuffs between the biggest bloke and smallest block on the field.  Tigers still lead 20-14 but it looks like Wests are about to choke.

68.  They fell for a Thurston show and go.  Now Rapira makes a break.

69.  Grapple tackle on Skandalis and Penalty actually given and Marshall makes it down to the ten.  Dwyer looks good on debut, and then Corey Payne dives over from dummy half right next to the posts.  All inspired by Marshall’s 60m run.  Kick still to come but Farah’s shouting instructions in the in-goal.  Kick successful.  Tigers 26-14.
72.  Ellis loses its under pressure and Moltzen drags Bowen down and then Bowen comes over with an elbow and is penalised.  Bowen had two goes.  Looks like the Tigers are lining up to have a kick at goal. Penalty converted.  Tigers 28-14.

75.  Tuiaki goes hard, takes on Bowen and can’t quite run over the top of him.  Payten takes it and Cowboys declared offside.

76.  Tigers pass it wide, look like its going to be a disaster and then Farah runs the ball, kicks for himself and scores a few metres to the left of the upright.  Kick Successful.  Tigers 34-14.

80.  Tuiaki runs  down field and throws an intercept to the Cowboys.

Tigers Centre Collis Moves On

With the Wests Tigers 2009 season all but gone and our Premiership year of 2005 finally put into the past, the clean-out of some players and freeing up some of the Salary Cap for the future is beginning to happen.

The most recent player to leave is centre, Dean Collis.  He joins fellow Tiger, John Morris at Cronulla.

The reception of this news from Wests Tigers fans has been greeted with mixed feelings.  The larger consensus seem to think it was in the club and Collis’ best interest to move on.  He has spent a lot of time injured over the last two years and there are some excellent prospects for Centre coming through the grade.

He is a junior representative that never quite lived up to expectation after representing at City Origin.  He has struggled at times to find confidence and consistency in First Grade and a run of injuries has not helped.

Wests Tigers fan hope Dean Collis find form and confidence at the Cronulla Sharks.  Best of Luck.

The Origin Blue

It is a shame that it was Steve Price for QLD that ended up having to be taken off in a stretcher. He is one of the few nice guys in the QLD side and is not a dirty player.

It all happened because Cameron Smith punched Brett White in the head whilst White’s head was down. White logically thought it was Price and it was on.

1st Origin – Best. Origin. Ever.
2nd Origin – Worst. Origin. Ever.
3rd Origin – Worst. NSW team. Ever.

Hello world!

G’day everybody. I shall be using the name Senex from hereonin. I had hoped I could use it for the blog instead of senexx but the user name had all ready been taken.

I am not exactly sure what will go on this blog. I do know that there will be a lot of political commentary. It will be mostly from years past. The vast majority of it will be about domestic Australian politics and very probably rural politics.  Some of you may recognise some of the posts I make.

I follow a lot of political oriented blogs like Club Troppo, Thoughts on Freedom and Larvatus Prodeo.

The only sport I choose to follow with any real passion is Rugby League. I have been supporting the Balmain Tigers which became the Wests Tigers in 2000. I hope to keep you as up-to-date on their state of affairs as well.

The design of the site may change over time but only until I find something that I am comfortable with.

I shall endeavour to put up interesting and relevant posts for whatever audience this blog might find.

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