Last Time We Met: Canterbury Bulldogs
Re-live the match highlights from the last time Wests Tigers took on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs — their Round 19 clash earlier this year at ANZ Stadium.
With plenty of emotion before the game following a lap of honor for recently retired forward Liam Fulton plus a walk-out from both teams for "Rise For Alex" round, the match quickly started to turn on the points — 34 of them coming in the opening 25 minutes of play.
Krinsan Inu was first to cross in the 2nd minute of play, before Bodene Thompson quickly hit back for the hosts in the 6th minute to level the scores at 6-6.
Mitchell Moses then sent Keith Lulia across in the 10th minute to take the lead, before Tim Lafai leveled the scores at 12-12 in the 17th minute. Corey Thompson then gave the Bulldogs an 18-12 lead with his effort in the 19th minute, before a second try to Lulia saw the hosts behind 18-16 with 15 minutes remaining in the half.
Both teams would have chances to post more points before the break but were unable to do so, as the Bulldogs clung to a two-point lead at half-time.
Quick hands from Moses and Chris Lawrence saw Lulia snare his third try in the 42 minute, before the youngster laid on another try for Curtis Sironen in the 50th minute.
Lulia's fourth try in the 55th minute continued to extend the margin for the hosts, with Luke Brooks and Aaron Woods also both finding the try-line in the second half. James Gavet's late effort against his former club saw the hosts take their lead to 28 points, and gave Wests Tigers two points that few gave them a chance of attaining heading into the match.
Final Score — Wests Tigers 46 (Lulia 4, Thompson, Sironen, Brooks, Woods, Gavet; Richards 3/4 goals, Moses 2/3 goals, Austin 0/2 goals) def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18 (Inu, Lafai, Thompson tries; Hodkinson 3/3 goals).