Match Report: NYC Round 23
Wests Tigers and the Sydney Roosters have played out a thrilling 28-all draw in wet and windy conditions at Leichhardt Oval for their Round 23 NYC clash.
The result sees both teams remain within touching distance of the top four and firmly in position to qualify for the finals at the end of the 2014 season.
Boosted by the late inclusion of Nene Macdonald, the Roosters were first to post points through Brendan Elliott, who beat his man on the outside before running around to score under the posts after just seven minutes of play.
Paul Momirovski couldn’t add the extras and the score remained 4-0.
Wests Tigers quickly hit back, though, with Lamar Liolevave bursting on to a short ball from Manaia Cherrington to level the match at 4-4.
Levido added the extras to give the hosts a 6-4 lead after 17 minutes.
After Andrew Kazzi nearly extended the lead in the corner, the Roosters quickly hit back through Momorovski, who spun his way over next to the posts.
His simple conversion saw the visitors lead 10-6 after 25 minutes.
A 40/20 from Tyler Cornish saw Kazzi sent to the sin-bin in the 33rd minute for a professional foul, but the Roosters were unable to make their extra man advantage count, with the hosts keeping them out heading into half-time.
That saw the visitors hold just a 10-6 lead at the break, despite their dominance.
Wests Tigers quickly took the lead after the break when Matthew Lodge burst on to a good short ball from Cherrington to crash over next to the posts.
Levido's conversion push the score to 12-10 after 43 minutes.
The Roosters bounced back with a try to Joseph Manu in the 47th minute to take a 16-12 lead but the hosts quickly struck with a try of their own through John Tohi after 49 minutes, to level the scores at 16-16 following Levido's missed sideline conversion.
A try to Watson Heleta in the 52nd minute saw Wests Tigers take back the lead 22-16, but it was again short-lived as Tyler Cornish leveled the match after 66 minutes.
Cornish then put the hosts in front with his second try after 69 minutes, but an intercept try to Tohi saw the scores locked at 28-28 with five minutes remaining in the match.
Eli Levido had a chance to win the game with a penalty goal attempt from 45 metres out after the siren, but he was unable to convert the goal as the rain poured down.
NYC FINAL — Wests Tigers 28 drew with Sydney Roosters 28