Wests Tigers NYC Holden Cup side cruised to a 54-12 victory today over the Newcastle Knights in their Round 23 clash at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
The home side got off to a blistering start to start the match; with an impressive four tries inside sixteen minutes.
Enjoying early possession, captain Te Maire Martin threw a lovely face ball to find Tyler Cassel, who crashed over next to the posts to score the opening try of the day.
Luck is a part of the game, and the home side were the beneficiary in the tenth minute, when a Martin pass clipped the head of a team mate, and was ruled play on for centre Obed Karwhin to pounce on the loose ball for the side’s second.
The score line further extended for the hosts in the 12th minute, with two quick tries in the space of three minutes.
Martin was in the middle of both tries once more when he delivered a nice cross-field kick to find Karwhin, who outleaped Knights fullback Bryce Donovan for his second.
Soon after, Martin attacked close to the line with an inside ball to interchange forward JJ Felise who scored next to the posts.
Matt Woods was having a solid day with the boot, kicking three from four to start the match.
Wests Tigers forward Junior Tatola was having a bumper start to the match, running for over 100 metres alone.
Newcastle hit back with a try to halfback Jack Cogger, who scooped up a Brock Lamb grubber to put first points on the board for the visitors.
Wests Tigers centre Marion Seve showed terrific defensive skill to save two certain Knights tries in the space of five minutes.
The defensive efforts from Seve were later rewarded, when the home side capitalised on a Knights error, resulting in Marshall- King going over via a Martin kick.
Woods converted to regain the comfortable lead.
The Knights scored against the momentum in the 37th minute, when centre Fuaimamao Uta pounced on a Tigers loose ball to race away and score.
Lamb converted, however the young cubs enjoyed a 16-point lead at the half time break.
Brett Kimmorley would have been wary of a possible second half fight back, but the side responded to begin the first half exactly like the first with three tries inside the first ten minutes.
Martin delivered a pass for Esan Marsters who ran a great line to crash over.
Halfback Jeremy Marshall–King then found space to break through a set later, gifting a try to winger Jayden Wheelhouse who ran nice support to go over untouched.
Lock forward Tyler Cassel had a double for the home side just minutes later when he was on the end of another beautiful Martin face ball close to the line, identical to the same he scored in the first half.
The Wests Tigers reached the half century mark in the 67th minute when Marsters proved too strong to handle, taking four defenders with him close to the line to score his second try for the day.
Ryland Jacobs topped off a clinical display for the young Wests Tigers outfit courtesy of a nice play by hooker Jacob Liddle, who drew in defenders and offloaded to the winger on the inside who crossed over in the final minute of the match.
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NYC FULL TIME — Wests Tigers 54 (Marsters 2, Karwhin 2, Cassel 2, Wheelhouse, Jacobs, Marshall-King, Felise tries; Woods 7/9, Mapesone 0/1 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 12 (Cogger, Uta tries; Lamb 2/2 goals)