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Around the Grounds: Round 6

Wests Tigers went agonisingly close to claiming a clean sweep when the club’s three grades faced South Sydney at Stadium Australia on Saturday.

Although the NRL side suffered a heartbreaking loss in golden point, Western Suburbs Magpies extended their winning streak to four in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup and the Jersey Flegg team remained unbeaten this season, while the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership squad enjoyed the weekend off with a scheduled bye.

NRL Telstra Premiership

In what was described as one of the most thrilling matches in recent memory, the hearts of the Wests Tigers were broken when footage showed Rabbitohs forward Tom Burgess grounding the ball over the line to hand South Sydney a golden point victory.

It was a bizarre finish as the referee was originally unsure if Burgess had scored, allowing the game to play on and Luke Brooks running 100 metres to cross.
The try was awarded to Wests Tigers before the Bunker deemed the Rabbitohs forward did ground the ball for victory.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.6, Rabbitohs vs. Wests Tigers

Although Wests Tigers suffered a heartbreaking loss, Maguire was proud of his 17 men who took to the field on Saturday evening.

“What we saw tonight was what the Wests Tigers are about,” Maguire declared.

“It was a rollercoaster. The boys had put a lot of work in.

Press Conference: NRL Round 6

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"That’s the standard we need to set ourselves If we continue to play like that, we’ll find wins.

"The effort the boys put in is exactly what I’ve been talking about. We need to do that each week.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 (Murray, Gagai, Burgess tries; Reynolds 2/3 goals; Reynolds two-point field goal) def. Wests Tigers (Laurie; Garner tries; Doueihi 3/3 goals) at Stadium Australia.

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies have extended their winning streak to four with a 42-18 win against South Sydney in the first of three games at Stadium Australia.

Five-eighth Zach Dockar-Clay was a standout as he assisted two tries as well as controlling the team around the park throughout the 80 minutes, while halfback Jock Madden continued his impressive start to the 2021 season with a try and five goals.

Jacob Liddle — who was a late inclusion after missing out on selection in Michael Maguire’s NRL side — was one of the best players on the field as he provided slick service from dummy-half.

Another highlight of the afternoon was seeing NRL player Billy Walters return to the field for the first time in eight months after recovering from an ACL injury. 

Western Suburbs Magpies 42 (Cini, Cooper, Hoffman, Madden, Rogers-Smith, Fitzgibbon, Chee Kam, Freebairn tries; Madden 5/8 goals) at Stadium Australia.

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers extended their unbeaten streak to start the year with a 28-24 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

For a second straight week, the U/21’s side let a healthy lead slip in the final 10 minutes of the match, however this time they held on for a four-point win.

Liam Scolari continued his impressive start to the year as he bagged another two tries at Stadium Australia.  

Wests Tigers 28 (Scolari 2, Morgan, Leilua, Lui tries; Stevanovic 4/5 goals) def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 (Mamouzelos, Taumoepenu, Whippy, Akauola Laula tries; Hutchison-Walters 4/4 goals) at Stadium Australia

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers Women’s team had the bye in Round 7 — and although they enjoyed the weekend off — they would’ve preferred to continue their momentum following their 20-16 win over St Marys a week ago.

They return to action on Sunday when they face Wentworthville Magpies at Ringrose Park in an Anzac Day clash.