Overall, it was a disappointing weekend for Wests Tigers in Round 9 with the club's NRL and Intrust Super Premiership sides both suffering convincing defeats.
With the Jersey Flegg competition on a two-week hiatus and Tarsha Gale completed, it was up to the two senior sides to try and get Wests Tigers back on track in Round 9 but were unable to do so.
Ivan Cleary's side suffered their biggest defeat of the year with a 26-4 loss to the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland while the Intrust Super Premiership boys also conceded a heavy defeat to the Dragons.
ROUND 9 RESULTS
NRL — New Zealand Warriors 26 def. Wests Tigers 4 at Mount Smart Stadium
ISP — St. George-Illawarra Dragons 42 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12 at Jubilee Oval
New Zealand Warriors 26 def. Wests Tigers 4 at Mount Smart Stadium
A tough night for Wests Tigers in Auckland, with two seperate sin bins putting Ivan Cleary's side on the back foot for the entire 80 minutes. Mahe Fonua's individual brilliance just before half-time gave the visitors a sniff, but ill-discipline and poor handling simply gave the Warriors too many chances, which they eventually took despite seeing Isaac Luke, Adam Blair and Shaun Johnson all go off with injury.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
St. George-Illawarra Dragons 42 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12 at Jubilee Oval
An inexperienced Western Suburbs Magpies side were no match for the Dragons at home on Sunday afternoon with Brett Hodgson's side suffering their second straight defeat of the season. Luke Garner continued to show his rise in class in 2018 with another impressive performance, but there simply wasn't enough commitment in defence from the Magpies as the Dragons ran in eight tries to two in a big win.
ROUND 10 FIXTURES
NRL — Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys, Leichhardt Oval — May 10 at 7:50pm
ISP — New Zealand Warriors vs. Western Suburbs Magpies, Mount Smart Stadium — May 12 at 2:45pm