Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg side have suffered their first defeat of the season, going down 38-24 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in their Round 3 clash today at Campbelltown Stadium.
Guilty of giving the Bulldogs too many chances on their line to start the game, Wests Tigers were a much stronger opposition in the second half and threatened to produce a comeback but were unable to get the job done in the end.
Winger Kane Bradley was a standout for Wests Tigers with two tries, while Rua Ngati was lively around the middle all day — grabbing his side's first try.
Wests Tigers kicked off the game with the first try within the first five minutes by Rua Ngati, but the Bulldogs were quick to respond with three tries in 15 minutes.
Some good hands from Zac Cini saw Bradley zip past the Bulldogs for his first try of the day just before half-time, cutting the visitors' lead at the break to 22-10.
The duo combined just after half-time to cut the lead to six as Wests Tigers threatened to level the game, but the Bulldogs were not going to relinquish their advantage with Frank Kuresa and Isaiah Tass extending the lead once again before a couple of penalty goals to Jake Averillo killed off any chance of a comeback.
Match: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs
Round 3 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
Liam Scolari would make it four tries in two games with a double late on, but it was too little too late for the home side as the Bulldogs cruised to a 38-24 victory.
Wests Tigers will look to hit back next week when they travel to Melbourne to take on the Victorian Thunderbolts in their Round 4 clash at Haines Drive Reserve.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38 (Kuresa 2, Sua, Seve, Gray, Tass tries; Averillo 7/8 goals) def. Wests Tigers 24 (Bradley 2, Scolari 2, Ngati tries; Madden 2/3 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium