Wests Tigers will play their 400th NRL match this Saturday against the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium, and to commemorate the milestone, we’re taking a look back at some of the finest moments in Club history from the 399 games so far.
Here’s our top five moments from the games 301 to 399 in Wests Tigers history.
#5 — Wests Tigers vs. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (Round 19, 2014)
Having made his first-grade debut just two weeks earlier, Wests Tigers young gun Mitchell Moses delivered a performance to remember in the No. 1 jersey — playing a hand in six of his side’s tries on the day as Wests Tigers thrashed the Bulldogs 46-18 at ANZ Stadium.
Keith Lulia also equaled the Club record of four tries on the day, while the likes of Luke Brooks, Curtis Sironen and Aaron Woods also all crossed for tries in the 28-point demolition.
FINAL SCORE — Wests Tigers 46 (Lulia 4, Brooks, Gavet, Sironen, Thompson, Woods; Richards 3/4, Moses 2/3 goals) def. Bulldogs 18 (Inu, Lafai, Thompson; Hodkinson 3/3 goals)
#4 — Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys (Round 11, 2013)
Coming into the match in a tough run of form and needing to turn it around, Wests Tigers were hardly met with great conditions as they took on a strong North Queensland outfit in the pouring rain at Leichhardt Oval. Trailing late in the match, Wests Tigers had one final chance to win, with youngster David Nofoaluma crossing in the corner with two minutes remaining for the first try of his career to hand Wests Tigers a 22-20 victory.
FINAL SCORE — Wests Tigers 22 (Buchanan, Koroibete, Marshall, Nofoaluma tries; Marshall 3/4 goals) def. Cowboys 20 (Sims 2, Linnett, Winterstein tries; Thurston 2/4 goals)
#3 — Wests Tigers vs. Melbourne Storm (Round 16, 2013)
More rain at Leichhardt Oval, and this time, it was a masterclass of attacking prowess from Wests Tigers, who scored two of the best long-range tries en route to victory. First it was Tim Simona — streaking away down the sideline to outpace the Storm — before several players combined to give Blake Ayshford one of the tries of the year.
Wests Tigers would cross again in the second half through David Nofoaluma — who brushed off Billy Slater with ease — before Marshall scored at the death to wrap up the win.
FINAL SCORE — Wests Tigers 22 (Ayshford, Marshall, Nofoaluma, Simona tries; Marshall 3/5 goals) def. Melbourne Storm (Blair tries; Cronk 0/1 goals)
#2 — Wests Tigers vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (Round 5, 2014)
The rain did it’s best to dampen the spirits of those at Leichhardt Oval, but nothing was going to get in the way of the home team recording an emphatic victory.
Despite losing James Tedesco to injury, the home side flew out of the blocks to hold a commanding lead at half-time, before holding firm in the second half to emerge 16-point winners.
FINAL SCORE — Wests Tigers 34 (Nofoaluma 2, Farah, Lawrence, Woods tries; Richards 7/7 goals) def. Manly Sea Eagles 18 (Matai 2, Lyon tries; Lyon 3/3 goals)
#1 — Wests Tigers vs. Parramatta Eels (Round 7, 2014)
It was the first Easter Monday meeting between these two sides, and despite having some players out to injury, it was certainly a memorable one for Wests Tigers.
Length of the field tries to Luke Brooks and Pat Richards somehow kept Wests Tigers in the match, before a 78th minute field goal to rookie Luke Brooks — the first of his career — put the visitors in front and allowed Richards to slot a 50m penalty to confirm the victory.
FINAL SCORE — Wests Tigers 21 (Austin, Brooks, Richards tries; Richards 4/4 goals, Brooks field goal) def. Parramatta Eels 18 (Hayne 2, Radradra, Sio tries; Sandow 1/4 goals)