It was a weekend of heartbreak for Wests Tigers teams in Round 3 with results falling against them in the final minute of both NRL and Intrust Super Premiership.
The club's Jersey Flegg also found the going tough with a third straight defeat to start 2018, while the scenario could not have been more different for the Tarsha Gale girls with a seventh straight victory.
With all four junior representative sides going down, it wasn't the easiest weekend for Wests Tigers, but after a strong start to the year all round, there's no doubting we'll see improved performances in Round 4.
Brisbane Broncos 9 def. Wests Tigers 7 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
After two straight wins, it was always going to be tough to topple the Broncos in Round 3, but off the back of another remarkable defensive effort, Wests Tigers almost did just that. Ivan Cleary's side led 6-4 late in the match before a controversial penalty goal saw Jamayne Isaako level the score at 6-6. Isaako's field goal in the 78th minute looked to have won the game for Brisbane, but a well-executed short kickoff gave the home side one final chance. Luke Brooks stepped up the mark and levelled the score at 7-7 with just seconds on the clock, before an incorrect penalty in Golden Point handed the win to Brisbane. The NRL did come out after the match and admit the decision was wrong, but that doesn't change the result, with Wests Tigers recording their first loss of the season while Brisbane made it two wins in a row.
Wyong Roos 23 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 22 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Similar to the NRL side, Western Suburbs went in to Round 3 undefeated and looked in control of the match against Wyong with a healthy 18-2 lead at half-time. The Roos did start to fight back, but captain Luke Garner's second try seemingly put the result beyond doubt... or so we thought. Wyong kept fighting and scored twice late in the contest, before a Mitch Cornish error in the 79th minute sealed the most unlikely of victories — handing Brett Hodgson's side their first defeat of 2018 in the process.
Sydney Roosters 36 def. Wests Tigers 14 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Coming up against a winless Sydney Roosters side in Round 3, there was hope for Craig Wilson's side to chalk up their first win of the season with a strong start on Saturday afternoon. Thomas Mikaele and Shondre Lee Silva scored early to put the hosts in the contest, but the Roosters showed their class with a string of tries to lead 26-10 at half-time. Two more tries to the visitors early in the second half put the game beyond doubt, with Gus Garzaniti crossing late in the piece for a consolatory Wests Tigers try.
Wests Tigers 40 def. St. George Dragons 26 at Norford Park
Still undefeated in 2018, Wests Tigers' Tarsha Gale side moved in to second position on the ladder with a hard-fought win over the Dragons early on Saturday. Leading by just four points at the break, Wests Tigers were simply too talented in the second half off the back of strong performances from Emily Curtain and Shaylee Bent — racing away for a well-deserved 14-point victory. Their biggest test will come next week, however, when they face on the also undefeated Cronulla Sharks on Good Friday.
Harold Matthews — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 def. Balmain Tigers 18
Harold Matthews — Canberra Raiders 14 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12
SG Ball — Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 def. Balmain Tigers 18
SG Ball — Canberra Raiders 70 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 4