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Around the Grounds: Round 10

Wests Tigers went undefeated across all the grades in Round 10 with two wins, a draw and a bye.

The club recorded wins in NRL and reserve grade, while the Jersey Flegg side had another draw and the women’s team enjoyed a weekend off.

NRL Telstra Premiership

Wests Tigers kicked off Magic Round in style with a 36-18 against the Newcastle Knights at Suncorp Stadium.

Michael Maguire’s men scored six tries to four to record their third win of the season — their second in three weeks.

Maguire's decision to switch Moses Mbye to the halves and Adam Doueihi to the centres proved a masterstroke as Wests Tigers made it two wins from two games against the Knights in 2021.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.10, Wests Tigers vs. Knights

“Things are starting to grow. I’ve been saying I believe in this team and that’s the reason I believe in the team, but now we need to grow to the next level and back it up — do it consistently,” Maguire said after the game.  

“I know that performance is in the boys and we need to make sure we replicate it in the games ahead.

“I’ve always said cohesion comes in time and I see that now. I keep telling my players not to worry what’s going on around them but concentrate on what we can do.”

Wests Tigers 36 (Doueihi 2, Brooks, Tamou, Talau, Nofoaluma tries; Doueihi 6/7 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 18 (Hunt, Jones, Brailey, Frizell tries; Hoy 2/5 goals) at Suncorp Stadium.

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies extended their winning streak to seven games with an impressive 36-16 victory against North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval.

It was a special win for Ben Gardiner’s men after the Magpies coach was forced to make 14 changes to his original line-up due to COVID-19 protocols.

A number of Jersey Flegg players were called up to reserve grade as seven players were on NSW Cup debut.

The Magpies scored six tries to three to consolidate second place on the ladder following 10 rounds.

Kelma Tuilagi and Joseph Taipari both bagged doubles while halfback Zach Dockar-Clay kicked six goals and had a hand in a number of tries.

They’ll now turn their attention to Round 11’s clash against the Canberra Raiders at Lidcombe Oval.

Western Suburbs Magpies 36 (Tuilagi 2, Taipari 2, Hoffman, Simpkins tries; Dockar-Clay 6/6 goals) def. North Sydney Bears 16 (Carr 2, Whyte tries; Carr 2/4 goals) at North Sydney Oval.

Jersey Flegg

With a number of players backing up from Thursday night’s NSW Cup match, the young Wests Tigers ran out of steam against the Sydney Roosters but held on for an 18-all draw.

Having led 18-0 at half-time, Wests Tiger let go of a healthy lead although remained unbeaten in 2021 with their second draw of the campaign.

Kade Hill scored a double and Brandon Webster-Mansfield also found the line for Wests Tigers, while Ben Stevanovic landed three from three goals.

They’ll now turn their attention to next Saturday’s clash against the Victoria Thunderbolts at Lidcombe Oval.

Wests Tigers 18 (Hill 2, Webster-Mansfield tries; Stevanovic 3/3 goals) drew with Sydney Roosters 18 (Preston, Graham-Taufa, Montgomery, Fenning tries; Fenning 1/4 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Following their 46-0 victory against Glebe Dirty Reds in Round 9, Wests Tigers enjoyed the weekend off with a scheduled bye.

They’ll look to consolidate their place in the top four when they face the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in Round 11.