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Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 30-28 victory over Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium tonight in round 8 in the NYC competition.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the third minute when prop Lloyd Perrett scored under the posts. Full-back Patrick Templeman converted for a 6-0 lead.

It became 10-0 when five-eighth Moses Mbye finished off a break to beat full-back Kurtis Rowe to score under the posts. Templeman converted the try for a 12-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Wests Tigers opened their account in the 20th minute when full-back Kurtis Rowe scored in the left corner. Winger Manania Rudolph converted the try for a 12-6 scoreline.

Canterbury-Bankstown stretched their lead to 16-6 in the 29th minute when winger John Sila used his strength to push off two defenders down the left flank. Templeman converted for an 18-6 lead.

Rowe grabbed his second try in the 34th minute when he dived over next to the posts. Rudolph converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 18-12.

2nd Half

The Bulldogs went to a 22-2 lead when half-back Jaline Graham stepped his way past the defence out wide to score. Templeman converted for a 24-12 lead.

Half-back Mitchell Moses got Wests Tigers back to 24-16 after 58 minutes when he sliced through a gap to race 50 metres untouched in an angle run to score behind the posts. Rudolph converted to leave Wests Tigers trailing 24-18.

Wests Tigers centre Leva Li scored a brilliant individual try when he made a break down the right flank before stepping past the defence to score near the posts in the 62nd minute. Rudolph converted the try to make it 24-all.

The Bulldogs went to a 28-24 lead in the 61st minute when winger John Sila was on the end of a floating pass from Templeman to score. Templeman failed to convert the try.

A nice piece of play from Rowe saw him link up with Rudolph who stepped inside the winger and then beat the full-back to score out wide in the 75th minute in the 75th minute. Rudolph converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 30-28 lead.

Wests Tigers held on to record their fourth win of the season. The only main concern for Wests Tigers was a knee injury to promising back-rower Daniel Rakvin.
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