Wests Tigers have moved back into the top four with a commanding 68-4 win over the Glebe Dirty Reds in their NSW Women's Premiership clash on Friday night at Leichhardt Oval.
Played as a curtain-raiser to the NRL clash between Wests Tigers and Penrith, Neil Stanley's side overcame a slow start to pull away late in the first half and enter the sheds with a commanding 30-4 lead that they would see comfortably to the end.
Maori All Stars representative Page McGregor was strong in her return — bagging a first half double — while young centre Hope Tevaga also got on the score sheet in what was another solid outing for Wests Tigers.
Teagan Toa Toa stole the show in the second half as she bagged four tries — the most scored by any Wests Tigers women's player in a game.
The win takes Wests Tigers back into the top four ahead of a must-win game next Sunday against the Central Coast Roosters.
Match: Wests Tigers v Dirty Reds
Round 13 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
McGregor got the home side off to the perfect start when she finished off a short-side play from Botille Vette-Welsh to score after just two minutes, but Glebe quickly levelled the match when Taliah Lummow went over out wide.
Taylor Osborne and McGregor scored in quick succession to put the hosts clear after 22 minutes as the flood gates began to open — the home side running in three further tries in the seven minutes before half-time to take a 26-point lead to the sheds.
Wests Tigers would start the second half as they finished the first, with Emily Curtain sparking a strong attacking performance down the left edge as Toa Toa and Tevaga both bagged four-pointers inside the opening six minutes of the half.
Toa Toa would make it a quick fire double and before completing her hat-trick as the home side pushed towards the half century; both Emily and Sophie Curtain getting in on the try-scoring to extend the lead well beyond 50 in the end.
Wests Tigers 68 (Toa Toa 4, McGregor 2, Tevaga 2, Osborne, Tipene, Lenaz, Edwards, S.Curtain tries; E.Curtain 6/14 goals) def. Glebe Dirty Reds 4 (Lummow tries; Ingram 0/1 goals) at Leichhardt Oval