HARD TO STOP...giant winger Taqele Naiyaravoro scored two tries against Manly at Leichhardt Oval. Photo: Col Marshall


Wests Tigers claimed their first points of the season in the NSW Cup competition today with a 50-12 victory over Manly Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval.


A hard week of defensive training after conceding 42 points in being beaten by Penrith last weekend, the Paul Fletcher coached Wests Tigers produced some aggressive defence and good line speed to set up the victory in the first half.


Wests Tigers opened the scoring with a try next to the posts by second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila from a short pass by hooker Masada Iosefa. Captain and five-eighth Sean Meaney converted the try for a 6-0 lead after nine minutes.


A short raid down the right edge saw giant winger Taqele Naiyaravoro dive over in the corner. Meaney converted for a 12-0 lead after 20 minutes.


Manly five-eighth Jason Seage outsprinted second-rower Jarrod Farlow after sliding past Meaney to score out wide from a scrum win. Half-back Dane Chisholm converted the try for a 12-6 scoreline after 30 minutes.


A superb 40/20 by hooker Masada Iosefa gave Wests Tigers a scrum feed inside the Manly quarter. From the scrum win, the ball was spread left before full-back James Tedesco scored untouched out wide.

Meaney converted the try to give Wests Tigers an 18-6 lead.


Manly scored their second try when Steve Tativa slammed the ball down on the line near the posts after the Sea Eagles got an extra set of six on the back of a penalty from Iosefa. Chisholm converted the try to leave Wests Tigers leading 18-12 at half-time.


2nd Half


Wests Tigers extended their lead on the weight of repeat sets when Meaney gave Farlow a nice ball on an angle run to beat the full-back to score next to the posts. Meaney converted the try for a 24-12 lead.


A nice break from dummy half by hooker Joel Luani put him in open space before sending Sitaleki Akauolo on a long run to score. Meaney converted the try for a 30-12 lead after 62 minutes.


Naiyaravoro scored his second try to further impress his claims for a first grade berth. Meaney failed to convert from close to the posts for a 34-12 lead after 67 minutes.


A minute later, Tedesco streaked away for a try after a good offload by Akauolo to half-back Jack Madden who found support in Tim Simona to send the full-back on their way. Meaney converted the try for a 40-12 lead.


Two minutes later, Tedesco scored his second try when he swooped on an infield kick from Simona to score. Meaney converted the try for a 46-12 lead.


Wests Tigers reached the 50 points mark when Tedesco split the defence up the middle to offload to

Simona who faked a crossfield kick to score next to the posts. Meaney converted the try for a 50-12 victory.


In all, Wests Tigers scored nine tries with Meaney kicking seven from nine goals.