Wests Tigers NSW Cup side have ended a run of four straight defeats with a 36-16 victory over the Newcastle Knights in their Round 15 clash at Campbelltown.
Boosted by the pre-game inclusion of 2014 NYC Five-Eighth of the Year, Te Maire Martin, for his NSW Cup debut, Wests Tigers would strike first blood through a familiar combination, with Martin finding Lamar Liolevave off a good short ball after six minutes.
Kurtis Rowe — taking over kicking duties for the injured Josh Drinkwater — added the extras off the post, giving the home side an early 6-0 lead after seven minutes of play.
Paul Fletcher’s side looked to have extended their lead just moments later when Liolevave grounded a grubber from Martin in-goal; however, the referee ruled the kick to have run long and the Junior Kiwi back-rower was not rewarded for his efforts.
Newcastle would hit back in the 17th minute when a back-line move caught Wests Tigers short on the far side, with Chanel Mata’utia sending Honeti Tuha over out wide.
Kerrod Holland was unable to add the extras, leaving the score at 6-4, but he would have a chance to quickly make up for his mistake with a break down the right wing, before linking back up on the inside with Jaelen Feeney, who raced away to score.
Holland converted to give the Knights a 10-6 lead after 20 minutes of play.