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Around the Grounds: Round 8

Wests Tigers made it three wins from three games across the men’s grades in Round 8, however the Women’s Premiership team couldn’t make it a perfect four for the club.

We go around the grounds to wrap up all the results from Round 8.

NRL Telstra Premiership

Wests Tigers belted out the team song in the sheds following their 16-8 triumph over St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium — the side’s second win of the season.

Having conceded the first try of the match and trailed by two points at half-time, Michael Maguire’s men dominated the second as they controlled field position and dominated possession.

The highlight of the match was when debutant Zac Cini scored in front of an entire bay of his family and friends — who went wild in celebrations.

Daine Lauire was outstanding at the back and was rewarded with three Dally M points, while Adam Doueihi and Alex Twal were impressive throughout the game.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.8, Dragons vs. Wests Tigers

“What I saw today is what I know this team is capable of — I’ve been talking about it all year,” Maguire said after the game.

“I’ve always said I’ve got a lot of belief in the players that we’ve got here, and those younger players are starting to learn how to win those games.

“It was a really important game for a lot of younger players, to learn how to win, learn how to grind a game out.

“Sometimes a game of NRL is ugly and it was ugly at times there, but if you can fight for 80 minutes, you can win those games.”

Press Conference: Round 8

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Wests Tigers 16 (Talua, Cini, J.Leilua tries; Doueihi 2/4 goals) def. St George Illawarra Dragons 8 (Ramsey try; Lomax 1/2, Norman 1/1 goals) at WIN Stadium.

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies recorded a stunning 30-28 comeback win against St George Illawarra Dragons to extend their winning streak to six games.

The Dragons scored in the final minute of the game and had a shot at goal from the touchline too draw the match, but the conversion was unsuccessful.

Hooker Jacob Liddle was outstanding throughout the 80 minutes as he scored a double and had a hand in three more tries. 

Powerful middle forward Tuki Simpkins took a number of strong carries in his return from a two-game suspension, while PNG international Edene Gebbie played his first game since joining Wests Tigers earlier this season.

Western Suburbs consolidated second place on the ladder and will now enjoy a week off with a scheduled bye.

Western Suburbs Magpies 30 (Liddle 2, Hoffman, Dockar-Clary, Fitzgibbon tries; Madden 3, Liddle goals) def. St George Illawarra Dragons 28 (Feagai, O'ofou, Wishart, Pellow tries; Muhleisen 4 goals) at WIN Stadium.

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers U/21s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 32-10 win over St George Illawarra at Ziems Park in Round 8.

The 22-point win took Wests Tigers to the top of the ladder for a couple of hours before Penrith retook their slight advantage on the ladder in the afternoon.

Wayne Lambkin’s men were boosted with the inclusion of NRL development player William Kei, who scored two tries on his return from a knee injury.

Playmaker Kade Hill also bagged a double, while prop Mavoni Tuifua — who spent the pre-season with the NRL squad — continued his scoring ways with the team’s first try.

Wests Tigers 32 (Kei 2, Hill 2, Tuifua, Ngatikaura tries; Stevanovic 4/6 goals) def. St George Illawarra Dragons 10 (Johnson, Herring tries; Stewart 1/3 goals) at Ziems Park.

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

It wasn’t a happy outing for Wests Tigers when they faced Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve as they suffered a 54-0 loss.

Mounties scored 10 tries throughout the match, while Wests Tigers couldn’t find the line.

The team will now turn their attention to Round 9’s match against Glebe Dirty Reds at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday.

Mounties 54 (Naitokatoka 2, Fuimaono 2, Swann, Power, Taufa, Etherden, Toomalatai tries; Power 7/10 goals) def. Wests Tigers 0 at Aubrey Keech Reserve.