Wests Tigers Tarsha Gale side have suffered their first loss of the year this week, going down 28-10 to the Newcastle Knights.
It was a bright start to the game for Wests Tigers, who scored in their opening set to lead 6-0, before a strong performance in both attack and defence from the visitors saw them finish the stronger of the two sides to end the hosts' unbeaten run.
The result sees Wests Tigers fall to third behind the Knights on the ladder, with the Illawarra Steelers remaining as the only unbeaten team in the Tarsha Gale Cup.
In what as a tough weekend of results for the club, there was slightly better news in the junior representative competitions with Balmain Tigers coming from behind to down the Cronulla Sharks in SG Ball, while Western Suburbs suffered defeats in both competitions to the Knights, who remain undefeated in Harold Matthews.
Next week will see the start of the season for the club's Canterbury Cup (formerly Intrust Super Premiership) side, while the club's Jersey Flegg and Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership teams will start their campaigns the week after.
THIS WEEK'S RESULTS
Tarsha Gale — Newcastle Knights 28 def. Wests Tigers 10
Harold Matthews — Cronulla Sharks 16 def. Wests Tigers 12
Harold Matthews — Newcastle Knights 30 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 14
SG Ball — Balmain Tigers 18 def. Cronulla Sharks 14
SG Ball — Newcastle Knights 30 def. Western Suburbs Magpies 24
NEXT WEEK'S FIXTURES
Canterbury Cup — Western Suburbs vs. Blacktown Workers (Sat., March 16)
Tarsha Gale — Illawarra Steelers vs. Wests Tigers (Sat., March 16)
Harold Matthews — Parramatta Eels vs. Balmain Tigers (Sat., March 16)
Harold Matthews — Western Suburbs Magpies vs. Manly Sea Eagles (Sat., March 16)
SG Ball — Western Suburbs Magpies vs. Manly Sea Eagles (Sat., March 16)