Wests Tigers beat Eels 40-30 in NYC trial

OUT OF MY WAY...Prop Andrew Vela was strong up front for Wests Tigers. Photo: Wayne Cousins


Wests Tigers recorded a 40-30 victory over Parramatta Eels at Campbelltown Sports Stadium today in an NYC trial match.


The was played in three 30 minutes periods with Wests Tigers fielding two teams.


First period

For a trial match, the game was slightly fiery in the opening minutes with Wests Tigers Captain Kyle Lovett and prop Nathan Brown spoken to after a mini fight erupted.


Parramatta opened the scoring in the 5th minute when half-back Zach Dockar-Clay stepped past three defenders from close range to score behind the posts. Five-eighth Mitchell Brasington converted the try for a 6-0 lead.


Eight minutes later, and after some sustained pressure, Wests Tigers got on the board when promising full-back Delouise Hoeter stepped inside the defence on an angle run to score behind the posts. Half-back Manaia Rudolph converted the try for a 6-all scoreline.


The Eels regained the lead a minute before the siren when second-rower Kelepi Tanginoa crashed over the top of Rudolph to score out wide. Brasington converted the try for a 12-6 lead.


2nd Period

Wests Tigers Team Two has taken to the field. A try to centre Leva Li behind the posts saw Wests Tigers trail 12-10 after 32 minutes. Five-eighth Matt Mulcahy converted the try for a 12-all scoreline.


A good one handed offload in a two man tackle by skillful lock Brenden Santi led to a try in the right corner to winger Paul Simona in the 38th minute for a 16-12 lead to Wests Tigers. The try was not converted by Mulcahy.


Wests Tigers extended their lead to 20-12 when full-back Kurtis Rowe scored behind the posts. Mulcahy converted for a 22-12 lead after 43 minutes.


Rowe was denied a try a minute later for a double movement after combining with Santi.


The Eels took advantage when Mark Daoud scored in the 45th minute after a crossfield kick. The try was converted to leave Parramatta trailing 22-18.


It became 22-all when Tanginoa scored his second try next to the posts. Dockar-Clay converted the try to give the Eels a 24-22 lead after 50 minutes.


A crossfield kick by Mulcahy saw the ball bounce for centre Nathan Milone plant his hands on the ball to score metres before the sideline. Mulcahy converted the try from the sideline to give Wests Tigers a 28-24 line.


3rd period

Wests Tigers Coach Todd Payten fielded his strongest side for the final 30 minutes with several players from last year's NYC premiership winning team playing.


The Eels drew level at 28-all when hooker Luke Vescio crashed over out wide. The try was converted to give Parramatta a 30-28 lead.


Wests Tigers regained the lead when winger Max Dimarco scored after the ball was spread left through the backline. It came after right winger Paul Simona defused a bomb on his own quarter and raced 60 metres before getting a repeat set of six for his team. Mulcahy converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 34-30 with 11 minutes remaining.


Rowe stretched Wests Tigers lead to 38-30 when he scored out wide after running off an inside pass from Billy Kitt. Mulcahy converted the try for a 40-30 lead.


Wests Tigers Team One (White)

1 Delouise Hoeter 2Maile Li 3 Rhys Mclaren, 4 John Ogden 5 Harry Grove, 6 Billy Kitt, 7 Manaia Rudolph

8 Nathan Brown, 9 Nafoa Leapai, 10 Andy Fiagatusa, 11 Andrew Vela, 12 Salesi Funaki, 13 Kyle Lovett, 14 Luke Williams, 15 Ritchie Ene, 16 Andrew Kazzi, 17Matt Fairhurst, 18 Luke Bonnell, 23 Paula Fangaloka


Wests Tigers Team 2 (Gold)

1 Kurtis Rowe, 2 Paul Simona, 3 Nathan Milone, 4 Leva Li, 5 Max Dimarco, 6 Matt Mulcahy, 7 Jack Madden

8 Dallas Graham, 9 Manaia Cherrington, 10 Jake Dooner, 11 Daniel Rakvin, 12 Shane Lalogafau, 13 Brendan Santi, 14 Luke Bonnell, 15 Paula Fangaloka, 16 Andrew Kazzi, 18 Richard Ene, 19 Luke Williams, 22 Matt Fairhurst


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