Wests Tigers’ NYC team have continued their impressive recent form with a commanding 42-10 victory over the Brisbane Broncos in their Round 11 clash.
It was a dominant performance from the Club’s left-edge, which accounted for five tries and a number of key attacking chances in the win.
After defending several sets on their line, it was Wests Tigers who hit the lead first through Milone. It was Lamar Liolevave who fed the captain on the left edge — bursting through flimsy defence to score in the left corner in the 10th minute.
Matthew Woods nailed the tough conversion for a 6-0 lead.
Milone was in the action again just moments later — breaking free down the left wing — before linking back up on the inside with Te Maire Martin.
The five-eighth streaked away to score under the posts in the 12th minute, with the conversion giving the hosts a 12-0 lead in as many minutes.
After a great defensive effort from John Ogden to snuff out a dangerous attack from the Broncos, Wests Tigers extended their lead in the 19th minute through John Tohi, after some sensational offloading from Salesi Funaki.
Woods couldn’t hit the tough conversion — leaving the score at 16-0.
Everything appeared to be working in Wests Tigers’ left-edge attack, and they soon posted more points through that very side after Milone grabbed his second try of the evening out wide in the 32nd minute.
That gave Wests Tigers a 20-0 lead, which they would take into half-time after narrowly failing to add to their total before the break.
They would soon pick up where they left off, though, with Milone selflessly feeding Ogden outside him for another try down the left edge.
Woods added the extras from the sideline for a 26-0 lead after 43 minutes.
Brisbane hit back in the 51st minute after Wests Tigers failed to find touch from a penalty — giving them great field position to launch an attacking raid.
Brett Greinke barged his way through a hole close to the line, and beat a covering Mason Farrell to put the visitors on the scoreboard for the first time.
Duncan Paia’aua couldn’t add the extras from the sideline.
Wests Tigers soon hit back, though, through their devastating left-edge attack.
Liolevave burst on to a great short ball from Martin to crash over, and after Woods added the extras, the score was back out to 32-6 after 60 minutes.
With Jari Arrow sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes after a professional foul, Wests Tigers soon posted more points through Watson Heleta, who cruised on to the end of a sharp pass from Farrell to score out on the right wing.
Woods couldn’t add the extras from the touchline this time.
Brisbane posted their second try of the night in the 68th minute after a fortuitous bounce well the way of Ashley Taylor. The halfback dived over from close range, and then converted his own try to reduce the score to 36-10 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the match.
A Martin cross-field kick saw Eli Levido grab his third try in his past two games, with Woods' successful conversion taking the score to 42-10 with 90 seconds remaining.
That would be the final scoring play of the game — giving Wests Tigers a big win and one that will carry them into their bye with plenty of momentum under their belt.
Final: Wests Tigers 42 def. Brisbane Broncos 10