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Around the Grounds: Round 3

Wests Tigers celebrated a perfect weekend across all three men’s grades in Round 3 with all sides recording their first wins of 2021, while the Harvey Norman’s Women’s Premiership team enjoyed the bye.

NRL Telstra Premiership

Wests Tigers notched their first win of the 2021 season with a thrilling 24-20 victory against the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Having led from the majority of the match, it appeared the away side were in for a heartbreaking finish when Tyson Frizell crossed with 10 minutes to go to give the. Knights the lead but winger David Nofoaluma scored late to give Wests Tigers their first victory of the season.

"I thought the way they came together when we faced adversity was the most pleasing part," coach Michael Maguire said after the match.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.3, Knights vs. Wests Tigers

"I was really pleased with their attitude during the week. They had a great attitude about what we'd spoken about throughout the pre-season with what we wanted to be and I thought that came out in today's game.

"They fought to the end, stuck together and looked after each other and that paid off in the back end of the game."

Wests Tigers 24 (Talau, Doueihi, Utoikamanu, Nofoaluma tries; Doueihi 4/4 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 20 (Hoy, Barnett, Pearce, Frizell tries; Hoy 2/4, Barnett 0/2 goals) at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies have flown out of the blocks and not looked back, downing the Newcastle Knights 50-6 in their Knock On Effect NSW Cup clash today at McDonald Jones Stadium.

After tight losses to the Raiders and Bears to start the season, Ben Gardiner's side showed plenty of attacking promise in the lopsided victory — running in five unanswered first half tries to emerge with their first win of the year.

Western Suburbs Magpies 50 (Tuilagi 2, Cooper 2, Rogers-Smith, Madden, Hoffman, Fitzgibbon tries; Madden 7/9 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 6 (Baker tries; Sasagi 1/1 goals) at McDonald Jones Stadium

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg made the most of their first game in over 12 months when they travelled to Melbourne to face the Victoria Thunderbolts — recording a dominant 50-12 win.

After sitting out Round 1 with a scheduled bye and heavy rain in Sydney postponing Round 2, the U/21s team started their season on a high in Round 3.

Jordan Hill bagged a hat-trick, while Kade Hill scored twice to ensure Wayne Lambkin's side would kick-off 2021 in style.

Wests Tigers 50 (J.Hill 3, K.Hill 2, Leilua, Perry, Dillon, Ogden tries; Stevanovic 7/9 goals) def. Victoria Thunderbolts 12 (Natapu, Naikoto tries; Pezet 2/2 goals)

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers were high on confidence following their 54-4 won over Cabramatta in Round 1 and would’ve liked to have kept their momentum rolling, however their Round 2 clash against North Sydney was called off due to wet weather and they had the bye this weekend.

They’ll return to play in Round 4 against the Helensburgh Tigers on Easter Monday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.