THREE WISE MEN...Wests Tigers forwards Liam Fulton, Braith Anasta and Aaron Woods work hard in defence against Manly. Photo: Melba Studios


Wests Tigers suffered a 26-0 loss to Manly Sea Eagles tonight in round 4 of the Telstra Premiership.


It was a wet and bleary night for Wests Tigers at Bluetongue Stadium, suffering defeat in the NRL and NYC matches in front of a crowd of 11, 758.


The loss leaves Wests Tiges with two wins from four matches in both grades after the opening month of football.


James Tedesco was promoted to play his second NRL game in 12 months after some impressive performances in the NSW Cup in recent weeks following his comeback from a season ending knee injury last year.


Tedesco moved onto the left wing for Matt Utai. Masada Iosefa moved onto the interchange bench to replace Ava Seumanufagai, giving Wests Tigers two hookers for the game.


Manly prop Brenton Lawrence was placed on report in the 9th minute for a dangerous lifting tackle on Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford. Five-eighth Benji Marshall failed to convert the penalty attempt from 20 metres out near the posts.


Wests Tigers were denied a possible try to winger James Tedesco in the 14th minute after the referee ruled an obstruction by Braith Anasta on the Manly defenders after a smart play involving Marshall and full-back Tim Moltzen.


A smart kicking game by captain and hooker Robbie Farah saw Wests Tigers get two repeat sets after Manly winger David Williams forced the ball dead twice in his own in-goal.


Wests Tigers got a third set of six in the 21st minute when a crossfield bomb by Farah was spilt in-goal by Manly.


A grubber kick on the last by Marshall saw Wests Tigers get a fourth consecutive set in the 22nd minute.


Manly withstood the pressure when winger Jorge Taufua defused a Marshall crossfield bomb to keep Wests Tigers out.


The video referee awarded a try in the 28th minute to Manly lock Tom Symonds after a crossfield kick was spilt by Tedesco for a 4-0 lead. Centre Jamie Lyon failed to convert from close range.


Farah was given a rest by Coach Mick Potter with Iosefa taking to the field.


Manly bombed a certain try in the 33rd minute when Lawrence was tackled by Moltzen 40 metres out from the Wests Tigers tryline with full-back Brett Stewart in support on the inside.


2nd Half

The video referee awarded a try to Williams in the 43rd minute despite the last pass from Lyon appearing to float forward. Williams managed to keep his composure in juggling the ball to dive over for an 8-0 lead. Lyon failed to convert the try.


Williams was over again four minutes later after the ball was spread right through several hands for a 12-0 lead. Lyon converted the try from the sideline for a 14-0 lead.


Wests Tigers were denied a try to Moltzen in the 61st minute for a second obstruction after it was ruled centre Chris Lawrence had taken out Lyon.


The video referee denied a try to Manly half-back Daly Cherry-Evans in the 68th minute for obstruction after replays showed Anasta was prevented from making a tackle by back-rower Jamie Buhrer.


Cherry-Evans was not to be denied in the 73rd minute when he picked up a loose ball on his own 20 metres line to race downfield to score next to the posts. Lyon converted for a 20-0 lead.


Manly centre Steve Matai stretched the lead to 24-0 nil in the 79th minute when he scored under the posts after Stewart found some open space on the left side. Lyon converted for a 26-0 victory.


Wests Tigers

1 Tim Moltzen, 2 Joel Reddy, 3 Blake Ayshford, 4 Chris Lawrence, 20 James Tedesco, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 Jacob Miller, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Robbie Farah (c), 10 Jack Buchanan, 11 Braith Anasta, 12 Liam Fulton, 13 Adam Blair; interchange: 14 Ben Murdoch Masila, 16 Matt Bell, 17 Eddy Pettybourne, 18 Masada Iosefa


Manly

1 Brett Stewart, 2 Jorge Taufa, 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4 Steve Matai, 5 David Williams. 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Brenton Lawrence, 9 Matt Ballin, 10 Brent Kite, 11 Anthony Watmough, 12 Justin Horo, 17 Tom Symonds; interchange: 13 Jamie Buhrer, 15 Joe Galuvao, 16 David Gower, 22 Jason King