Wests Tigers have moved to the top of the 2019 Telstra Premiership ladder for the first time in club history with a convincing 34-6 win over the New Zealand Warriors tonight.
2019 Match Highlights: Rd.2, Wests Tigers vs. NZ Warriors
Much like last week's scrappy start against the Sea Eagles, wet conditions at Campbelltown made it tough going for both sides with a penalty goal to Esan Marsters after 29 minutes the only thing separating the two early on.
With the half threatening to remain a stalemate, two tries in the space of five minutes blew the game open for Wests Tigers, with the craft of Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall putting Corey Thompson and Robert Jennings over.
Leading 12-0 at the break, Wests Tigers' lead was cut to six when Ken Maumalo dived over in the corner before Farah and Thompson combined down the short side once more — along with a Marsters penalty goal — to extend the lead back to 10.
Mahe Fonua would put the game beyond doubt with 12 minutes remaining when he collected a kick to score in the corner, giving Wests Tigers an unassailable lead, before Farah put the icing on the cake with his third try in two matches.
Michael Maguire's side will look to make it three straight wins to start a season for the first time in club history when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs as part of another triple-header of action Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Full match report to come.
Wests Tigers 34 (Thompson 2, Jennings, Fonua, Farah, Chee Kam tries; Marsters 5/8 goals) def. New Zealand Warriors 6 (Maumalo tries; Keighran 1/1 goals)
Match: Wests Tigers v Warriors
Round 2 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney