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Wests Tigers suffered a 56-14 loss to competition leaders Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium tonight in round 23 of the Telstra Premiership.

The Roosters opened the scoring in the third minute when hooker Jake Friend stepped past full-back James Tedesco after receiving an offload from prop Sam Moa. Five-eighth James Maloney converted the try for a 6-0 scoreline.

Wests Tigers got on the board in the 12th minute when Tedesco popped a one handed pass for winger Lote Tuqiri to score in the left corner. It was a special moment for Tuqiri in his first game back in the NRL after suffering a broken arm at the same ground in July last year. Marshall converted the try for a 6-all scoreline.

Tedesco was denied a try in the 20th minute when the video referee ruled he had a foot over the dead ball line in defusing a Marshall bomb. It was originally ruled a try by referee Gerrard Sutton.

The Roosters were awarded a try in the 25th minute to second-rower Sonny Bill Williams after he slammed the ball down with his right arm in a barnstorming 10 metre charge to the line for a 10-6 scoreline. Maloney converted the try to give the Roosters a 12-6 lead.

Wests Tigers were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute after prop Keith Galloway and Roosters back-rower Luke ODonnell were involved in some pushing and shoving. Unfortunately for Wests Tigers, Marshall failed to find touch from the penalty kick, giving the Roosters possession again inside Wests Tigers half. The Roosters were kept at bay after some desperate defence by the home side.

ODonnell was placed on report in the 34th minute for a dangerous lifting tackle on centre Tim Simona.

Maloney converted a penalty goal in the final minute of the first half to give the Roosters a 14-6 lead at the break.

2nd Half

Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford did not return to the field after suffering a nasty cut above his right eye in the dying minutes of the first half.

The video referee was called on in the 45th minute to rule whether Daniel Mortimer scored a try from dummy half or was denied by the hand of Ava Seumanufagai. The try was awarded to give the Roosters an 18-6 lead. Maloney converted from next to the posts for a 20-6 lead.

Mortimer grabbed his second try two minutes later when he ran of an inside pass from Maloney to score next to the posts. Maloney converted for a 26-6 lead to the Roosters.

Sydney Roosters went to a 30-6 lead in the 52nd minute when winger Daniel Tupou split the tackle of Matt Bell and Masada Iosefa from a scrum win to race 25 metres to score a soft try under the posts. Maloney converted for a 32-6 scoreline.

Roosters half-back Mitchell Pearce extended the lead to 36-6 when he stepped past second-rower Ben Murdoch-Masila in the 57th minute to score next to the posts. Maloney converted the try for a 38-6 scoreline.

The visitors went to a 42-6 lead when centre Michael Jennings followed a long kick through on the last tackle to dive on the ball as Tedesco waited for it to go dead in-goal. Maloney converted the try from the sideline for a 44-6 lead.

The Roosters hit the half century mark when a loose pass from Marshall to half-back Braith Anasta was swooped on by Pearce to race away to score under the posts. Maloney converted for a 50-6 lead after 65 minutes.

Tedesco scored Wests Tigers' second try when he sliced through a gap to beat the arm of Jennings to plant the ball down in a two man tackle in the 71st minute. Marshall failed to convert the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 50-10.

Jennings got his second try when Maloney brushed off lock Sauaso Sue to link p with his centre to send him on his way to the corner in the 73rd minute for a 54-10 scoreline. Maloney converted from the sideline for a 56-10 scoreline.

Wests Tigers avoided their heaviest loss of the season when Curtis Sironen scored in the 78th minute. Marshall failed to convert the try for a 56-14 scoreline. The heaviest loss came in round 10 with a 54-10 loss to South Sydney.

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