Match Report: Intrust Super Premiership Round 1
Wests Tigers Intrust Super Premiership side have gone down 42-0 to the Wyong Roos on Saturday in wet and tough conditions at Morry Breen Oval.
With rain and howling wind featuring prominently throughout the match, David Heath's side were left to rue a number of missed attacking opportunities in the first half, with the home side making the most of their chances to emerge with a comfortable 42-point win.
The match began in perfect fashion for Wyong, who quickly built a two-try lead through Chris Centrone and Chris Smith to lead 8-0 after the first ten minutes of play.
However, Josh Mantellato's two sideline conversions were waved away, giving Wests Tigers somewhat of a repreive after a dominant opening period from the home side.
Nathan Milone and Watson Heleta went close to bringing Wests Tigers back into the match after some strong defence forced errors from the hosts, but the final pass and kick was lacking.
It proved to be costly for Wests Tigers, as Wyong took advantage of a chance just before the break to extend their lead through Jayden Nikorima down the right wing.
Mantellato's third conversion attempt was waved away, leaving it at 12-0.
Running with the win in the second half, Wyong began where they left off in the first, with the kicking game of Tyler Cornish and Nikorima causing all sorts of problems for the visitors.
After Brock Gray crashed over in the 42nd minute, Dale Copley would inflict more pain with a quick double — giving Wyong a commanding 28-0 lead with still 20 minutes to play.
Threatening to score seemingly every time they attacked Wests Tigers' right edge, Nikorima's kicking game continued to pin the visitors on their own line, allowing Centrone to take advantage of an attempted shift to the left to swoop on an intercept and run the better part of 50m to score under the posts.
Copley would then complete his hat-trick in the final 10 minutes of the match after a grubber from Mitch Williams found the centre down the short side — taking the score to 38-0.
As the siren sounded, Mantellato would complete a stellar day out for the home side, crashing over in the corner to give the Roos a commanding 42-point victory in the end.
FULL TIME — Wyong Roos 42 (Copley 3, Centrone 2, Smith, Gray, Mantellato tries; 5/8 goals) def. Wests Tigers 0 at Morry Breen Oval