Joining Wests Tigers during the 2014 offseason from English Super League team Bradford, Keith Lulia added great depth and versatility throughout the year— including one memorable afternoon against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs where he equaled the Club record for the most tries in a single match (4).

The Cook Islands international finished the season with five tries to his name from his 12 games in first-grade — spending time at wing, centre and even lock forward throughout the season. He played six games in a row in the back half of the year when the likes of David Nofoaluma and Pat Richards were sidelined, before suffering a neck injury against the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 22 that ended his season also.

Lulia’s neck injury is progressing well, with the 27-year-old expected to return to pre-season training with the extended NRL squad as per usual in early November, 2014.

 

2014 Facts & Figures

Games

Tries

Assists

Points

Metres

Tackles

12

5

0

20

756

106

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Top Try — Round 19 vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Having already crossed for three tries, Lulia’s fourth try was nothing short of exceptional as he planted the ball down inches inside the corner post with his body horizontal above the ground and out of play. It took several replays to confirm — all of which added to the drama and gave the crowd full chance to witness a truly brilliant try.

 

Best Match — Round 19 vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Lulia had added just one try all season before he took on the Bulldogs in Round 19, but that soon changed as his right edge combination with Chris Lawrence, Blake Austin and Mitchell Moses saw him grab four tries on a memorable Sunday afternoon.

The effort saw Wests Tigers post their highest points total all season, and gave Lulia a share of the Club’s record for most tries scored by one player in a single match.

 

2014 Magic Moment — Round 19 vs. Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs

After all, it’s not every day you get your name in the Club record books…