Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg side have overcome another slow start to down the Parramatta Eels 36-10 at New Era Stadium.
After falling behind early last week against North Sydney before fighting back, Wayne Lampkin's side again made it hard for themselves with an early 10-0 deficit, but the class of Jock Madden and Zac Cini again shone through for Wests Tigers as they piled on 36 unanswered points to secure their third win in a row.
Having failed to win their opening two matches, Wests Tigers have now clawed their way to sixth on the Jersey Flegg ladder and are just one point off the equal first-placed Cronulla Sharks, who they'll face next week at Lidcombe Oval.
Down 10-0 after as many minutes, tries to Rua Ngati and Cini put the visitors back in front shortly before the half-time break, with Cini's second try of the half giving Wests Tigers a well-deserved 18-10 lead. Parramatta threatened to reduce the lead with a dominant period after half-time but were unable to crack the Wests Tigers defence and were soon made to pay when Madden crossed in the 51st minute.
Curtis Wilson put the game beyond doubt when he crossed 10 minutes from full-time before Shondre Lee-Silva extended the lead to 26 points as the siren sounded.
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Madden again continued his impressive form with the boot — landing all six of his conversion attempts to hand Wests Tigers' young guns their third in a row.
Wests Tigers will look to extend their winning streak to four games next Sunday when they take on the Sharks at Lidcombe Oval in a day that will feature as the "Return to Lidcombe" Round for Western Suburbs Magpies in Canterbury Cup.
Wests Tigers 36 (Cini 2, Ngati, Madden, Wilson, Lee-Silva tries; Madden 6/6 goals) def. Parramatta Eels 10 (Fonua, Small tries; Schneider 1/2 goals)
Match: Eels v Wests Tigers
Round 6 -
Venue: New Era Stadium, Sydney