A dominant second half from Wests Tigers has seen them down the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-6 at Leichhardt Oval tonight.
Held scoreless in the first half with treacherous wind and rain battering the suburban ground, Michael Maguire's side scored 20 unanswered second half points to down the Sea Eagles and record their fifth consecutive Round 1 victory.
2019 Match Highlights: Rd.1, Wests Tigers vs. Sea Eagles
New recruit Ryan Matterson was a standout throughout for Wests Tigers, while Robbie Farah bagged his first double since 2011 en route to a convincing win.
After pelting rain kept both sides try-less through the opening 40 minutes, Wests Tigers levelled the scores at 2-all with a penalty goal early in the second half, before the onslaught began. A deflected kick saw Farah react quickest to put his side in the lead with half an hour to play, before Luke Garner put the game beyond doubt when he strode through the left edge and dummied his way over under the posts.
Farah would grab his side's third with 15 minutes to play with a typically determined run from dummy half that wound back the clock at Leichhardt Oval, before some enterprising footy after the full-time siren from Manly saw them cross the line late.
Wests Tigers will look to make it two from two when they take on the high-flying New Zealand Warriors in a home match next Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium.
Wests Tigers 20 (Farah 2, Garner tries; Marsters 4/4 goals) def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6 (Taufua tries; Cherry-Evans 1/2 goals)