Wests Tigers NYC side have bounced back from a last start loss with a convincing 52-16 win over the Newcastle Knights in their Round 10 clash this afternoon.
The visitors led from start to finish, with a hat-trick from five-eighth Te Maire Martin highlighting an impressive 36-point win from Brett Kimmorley’s side on the day.
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The match started in ideal fashion for Wests Tigers, with Veiru Mapesone charging down a kick before running 95m to score after just seven minutes of play.
That lead was quickly doubled moments later by Ryland Jacobs, who sped down the sideline after a good pass from Martin, before linking back up on the inside for Matt Woods to score his first try of the year since returning from injury.
Woods had no problems with the extras, giving Wests Tigers an early 12-0 lead.
The Knights hit back after 18 minutes through Braden Robson, who picked up a scrappy kick from Jack Cogger to grab the home side’s first points of the day.
A superb individual try from Martin after 22 minutes quickly restores Wests Tigers’ 18-point lead before the Knights struck again through Fuaimamao Uta after 28 minutes. That gave Wests Tigers an 18-12 lead, but tries before the break to Martin and Watson Heleta in his return from injury gave Kimmorley’s side a 30-12 lead at half-time.
The visitors quickly picked up where they left off before the break when Marion Seve beat several defenders before finding Martin for his third try after 45 minutes.
A great cut-out ball from Mapesone for Jayden Wheelhouse in the 49th minute saw the winger cross for his first try in Wests Tigers colours, and also extended Wests Tigers’ lead to 40-12 with still over half an hour remaining in the match at Hunter Stadium.
A spectacular length-of-the-field try from Jeremy Marshall-King pushed Wests Tigers lead to 46-12 in the 57th minute after Woods added his seventh conversion for the day.
Wests Tigers continued to terrorise the Knights’ defensive line, with the halves causing plenty of havoc on either side of the field. A great short ball from Martin found Esan Marsters for his third try in his past two games after 62 minutes, with Marshall-King taking over the kicking and extending Wests Tigers’ big lead out to 52-12.
Despite some resilient defence, the Knights would cross late in the match through Ken Tofilau, but it would be all in vain as Wests Tigers ensured they bounced back into the winners circle with a comprehensive 36-point victory on the day.
NYC FULL TIME — Wests Tigers 52 (Martin 3, Heleta, Wheelhouse, Mapesone, Marsters, Woods tries; Woods 7/8, Marshall-King 1/1 goals)
def. Newcastle Knights 16 (Robson, Uta, Tofilau tries; Donovan 2/3 goals).