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Around the Grounds: Round 9

With the Jersey Flegg and Knock-On Effect NSW Cup sides enjoying a weekend off with scheduled byes, it was up to the NRL and Women’s Premiership teams to fly the flag for Wests Tigers across Round 9.

The Women’s side recorded an emphatic victory over Glebe Dirty Reds, however the NRL team didn’t have as much luck against the Gold Coast Titans.

Western Suburbs Magpies’ Ron Massey Cup team also had the opportunity to play as one of the curtain-raisers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, however they let go of a healthy lead to fall to Glebe.

NRL Telstra Premiership

Conceding three tries in the opening 12 minutes of a game is always tough to come back from, and even though Wests Tigers fought hard to work their way back into the contest, the slow start cost them in the end.

A double to winger David Nofoaluma ensured a close finish, however the Wests Tigers suffered their seventh loss in nine games, going down 36-28 to the Gold Coast Titans at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Head Coach Michael Maguire was disappointed with his team’s defensive issues, claiming 28 points should be enough to win a game.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.9, Wests Tigers vs. Titans

“We should never have been in that spot,” Maguire said.

“You have got to have a look at where we are at the present moment and not think that you can just turn up and things are going to get done defensively.

“I’ve sat here a few times and said the same so all of us need to fix it. It is straight forward what needs to be sorted out.

“We turned up last week and found our shoulders and defended strongly and tonight the Titans are a team that throw the ball around and we got scattered.”

Press Conference: NRL Round 9

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Gold Coast Titans 36 (Sami 2, Peachey, Kelly, Fermor, Boyd tries; Fogarty 6/6 goals) def. Wests Tigers 24 (Nofoaluma 2, Doueihi J.Leilua, Simpkin tries; Doueihi 4/5 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers enjoyed a comprehensive 46-0 victory over Glebe Dirty Reds in the curtain-raiser clash at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Page McGregor and Emily Curtain bagged doubles, while Shekinah Edwards, Rebecca Pollard, Ana Fekeila and Botille Vette-Welsh also found the try line.

The emphatic victory lifted Wests Tigers into the top four, and with five games remaining until the finals, they are in a strong position for the run home.

The Women’s side have the bye in Round 10 before they return to action against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks the following week.

Wests Tigers 46 (P.McGregor 2, E.Curtain 2, Edwards, Pollard, Fekeila, Vette-Welsh tries; E.Curtain 5/10 goals) def. Glebe Dirty Red 0 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Ron Massey Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies had the opportunity of playing at Campbelltown Sports Stadium as one of the curtain-raisers to the NRL clash against the Titans.

They flew out of the blocks to lead 20-10 at half-time before the Glebe Dirty Reds came home strong in the final 40 minutes.

Mitch Francis scored a double for the home side, while Max Altus, Kieran Wyld, Kell O'Brien crossed in front of their home fans.

Glebe Dirty Reds 34 (Afemui 2, Natoli 2, Caughlan, Pearsall tries; Rudolph 5/6 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 26 (Francis 2, Altus, Wyld, O'Brien tries; Pelligra 2, Kamu goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies had the bye in Round 9 and will return to action against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Thursday night.

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers had the bye in the U/21s competition, and will also have the upcoming weekend off, before facing the Victoria Thunderbolts at Lidcombe Oval in Round 11.