Wests Tigers thump Eels 41-4 in NRL trial

TRAPPED EEL..Blake Ayshford and Benji Marshall work hard in defence. Photo: Wayne Cousins


Wests Tigers recorded an impressive 41-4 NRL trial win over Parramatta Eels at Campbelltown Sports Stadium tonight.


The match marked the first game for new Wests Tigers Coach Mick Potter. New recruits Braith Anasta and Eddy Pettybourne made their first appearance for Wests Tigers.


The Eels had a possible try disallowed in the opening 10 minutes to winger Ken Sio when the referee called back a forward pass from half-back Chris Sandow.


Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 13th minute when new recruit in second-rower Braith Anasta ran off of a short ball from five-eighth Benji Marshall to score next to the posts. Marshall converted the try for a 6-0 lead.


Parramatta looked set to score in the 24th minute through winger Cheyse Blair only for the referee to call it back for another forward pass.


Eight minutes later, Wests Tigers stretched their lead to 10-0 when prop Keith Galloway made a break to find open space before passing to his right to send captain and hooker Robbie Farah over behind the posts. Marshall converted the try for a 12-0 lead.


Marshall set up the third try of the night for Wests Tigers when he chased a kick from Farah. A flying Marshall put enormous pressure on Sio who when threw a loose pass when he collared by the five-eighth for the ball to go back towards the Eels tryline for Anasta to score his second try. Marshall converted the try for an 18-0 lead.


The first half extravaganza wasnt finished with when Marshall kicked the ball down field from a scrum win. The ball sat up perfectly for flying Fijian winger Marika Koroibete to catch it to race behind the posts to score in the 35th minute. Marshall converted the try for a 24-0 lead after 35 minutes.


2nd Half

Wests Tigers kept the tries coming when winger Matt Utai dived over in the right corner for a 28-0 lead in the 47th minute. Marshall failed to convert the try.


Two minutes later, centre Blake Ayshford stepped inside his man after the ball was spread right for a 32-0 lead. Marshall converted the try for a 34-0 lead.


Parramatta got on the board when centre Willie Tonga scored in the left corner in the 54th minute. Sandow missed the conversion attempt for a 34-4 scoreline.


Potter took Marshall, Farah and centre Chris Lawrence off to give them a well earned rest.


The tryscoring continued when half-back Jacob Miller put a grubber kick through for replacement full-back James Tedesco to score under the posts. Tim Moltzen converted the try for a 40-4 lead.


Jacob Miller kicked a late field goal to rub salt into the wounds to make the fulltime score 41-4.


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