Wests Tigers have recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a strong 34-6 victory tonight over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium.
After a slow start that saw them kept scoreless through the opening quarter of the game, Wests Tigers soon found their attacking groove and didn't look back — capitalising on several errors from the Bulldogs to run away with a comfortable win.
The victory sees Wests Tigers move in to the top eight ahead of a mouthwatering clash against the Penrith Panthers, which will see a crowd of 7,500 Wests Tigers Members pour in to Bankwest Stadium for the Western Sydney derby.
2020 Match Highlights: Rd.7, Bulldogs vs. Wests Tigers
Despite losing fullback Will Hopoate early in the contest to an ankle injury, Canterbury would dominate the opening 15 minutes of the match with a 100% completion rate and soon found themselves in the lead as a result.
Kieran Foran's short-side raid caught the visitors napping, with Reimis Smith racing through to collect a simple try and give his side a 6-0 lead.
Grant starts it and finishes it for Wests Tigers
The Bulldogs' perfect start with the ball in hand was soon undone with two key errors off the back kicks from Wests Tigers — Harry Grant and then Tommy Talau the beneficiaries of the mistakes to score the simplest of tries.
After shaking off an ankle complaint early in the contest, Joey Leilua would rub more salt in to the wounds just before half-time with a determined effort to better four Bulldogs defenders and grab his third try of the season.
Joseph Leilua wrestles the ball to the ground
Moses Mbye's sharp sideline kicking would see the visitors lead by 16-6 at half-time, but it wouldn't take long for the second half scoring to continue.
Talau would grab his first career double with a freakish sideline effort just three minutes after the break before David Nofoaluma would get in on the action on the other side of the field — plucking off an intercept to score untouched before acrobatically finishing on the other side of the field off a flick pass from Leilua.
While the outside backs were getting the praise, it was a dominant showing from the forwards with Josh Aloiai, Luke Garner, Luciano Leilua, Matt Eisenhuth and Thomas Mikaele all surpassing 100 metres on the ground.
Adam Doueihi would ensure it finished on a positive note for the visitors with the fullback crashing over late on to put a smile on the face of Coach Maguire in his 100th win as a first-grade coach and Wests Tigers in to sixth position on the ladder.
Match: Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Round 7 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney