NYC: Wests Tigers lose 24-22 to Brisbane

Wests Tigers suffered a 24-22 loss to Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium tonight in round 7 of the Holden Cup competition.


The Broncos opened the scoring in the 16th minute through winger Paul Byrnes after defusing a high bomb from half-back Ashley Taylor. The try was not converted by Taylor for a 4-0 scoreline.


Wests Tigers opened their account in the 21st minute when talented second-rower Daniel Rakvin made a 30 metre break up the middle before offloading to five-eighth Mitchell Moses to score under the posts. Winger Manaia Rudolph converted the try for a 6-all scoreline.


Five minutes later, centre Leva Li dived over out wide after the ball was spread right through several sets of hands. Rudolph failed to convert for a 10-6 scoreline after 28 minutes.


Wests Tigers conceded a soft try just in the 38th minute when Cameron Cullen dived over from dummy half. Taylor converted the try for a 10-all score at half-time.


2nd Half


A smart crossfield kick on the last tackle by Moses saw full-back Kurtis Rowe catch in on the lone to fall over to score for a 14-10 lead. Rudolph converted from the sideline for a 16-10 lead after 47 minutes.


Moses stretched the lead to 20-10 when he swooped on a banana kick to score next to the posts. Rudolph converted for a 22-10 lead after 49 minutes.


The Broncos hit back in the 60th minute when second-rower Caleb Timu made a break before putting a grubber kick through for winger Byrnes to score his second try. The try was not converted by Taylor for a 22-14 scoreline to Wests Tigers.


Taylor got Brisbane back to 22-18 when he threw a dummy before diving over out wide in the 66th minute. He failed to convert his own try.

Brisbane got back to 22-all when centre Tom Opacic scored behind the posts.


Taylor converted to give the Broncos a 24-22 lead after 71 minutes.


The loss leaves Wests Tigers with three wins from seven matches.