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Around the Grounds: Round 14

Wests Tigers' Jersey Flegg team ensured the club had something to celebrate in Round 14 as the youngsters defeated Parramatta to remain undefeated this season.

The other three grades weren't as fortunate with losses over the weekend. 

NRL Telstra Premiership

Wests Tigers suffered a 40-12 defeat to the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The home side scored six tries to two to inflict Michael Maguire’s men with their first loss in three weeks.

A controversial second-half sin-binning of Shawn Blore proved costly for Wests Tigers with the Eels scoring three tries in the space of 10 minutes to put the game out of reach.

Maguire shared his frustrations over inconsistencies surrounding the NRL’s foul-play crackdown after his side’s loss.

“To have a bloke sent off because of that — there was no foul play — it was a bloke touching a shoulder. It didn’t impact that play as such,” he said.

NRL Press Conference: Round 14

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“To lose a player for 10 minutes hurts and then we had three tries scored against us. It had an impact on the game.

“But we didn’t start well enough. They came out faster and we had to work our way back into the game.”

Parramatta Eels 40 (Gutherson 2, Lussick, Blake, Moses, Sivo tries; Moses 8/8 goals) def. Wests Tigers 12 (Liddle, Roberts tries; Doueihi 1/1; Brooks 1/1 goals) at Bankwest Stadium.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.14, Eels vs. Wests Tigers

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies suffered a second-straight defeat with a 28-26 loss to the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium.

After seeing a nine-game winning run snapped last week by the top-of-the-table Penrith Panthers, the second-placed Magpies went into their top-four showdown against the Eels needing to bounce back but were unable to get the job done — conceding two tries in the opening six minutes and never quite recovering.

Halfback Jock Madden had a chance to draw the match with a penalty after the siren, but his attempt missed.

Wests will look to bounce back next Saturday when they take on Newcastle.

Parramatta Eels 28 (Arthur, Penisini, Rankin, Oldfield, Ferguson; Rankin 4/5 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 26 (Leilua, Dockar-Clay, Cooper, Fitzgibbon, Madden tries; Madden 3/6 goals) at Bankwest Stadium.

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers pulled off a stunning come-from-behind victory against the Parramatta Eels to remain undefeated in Jersey Flegg this season.

Having trailed 14-0 early in the match, Wests Tigers scored 30 unanswered points to record a 30-14 triumph at Merrylands Oval on Saturday. 

The comeback began when Brandon Webster-Mansfield crossed just before half-time to reduce the deficit to eight points at the break.

Liam Scolari and Kade Hill both bagged doubles in the second half to ensure Wests Tigers would leave Merrylands with two competition points.

Wests Tigers 30 (Scolari 2, Hill 2, Webster-Mansfield tries; Stevanoic 4/4, Dillon 1/1 goals) def. Parramatta Eels 14 (Yates, Skinner tries; Loizou 3/3 goals) at Merrylands Oval.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers fought bravely against the top-of-table Central Coast Roosters but came up short with a 30-14 loss at Morry Breen Oval.

The Roosters raced out of the blocks with two tries inside the opening 13 minutes before Wests Tigers hit back with four-pointers to Teagan Toa Toa and Emily Curtain.

Josephine Lenaz bagged a try for Wests Tigers in the second half, however Central Coast scored three tries in the final 35 minutes.

Wests Tigers can secure a top-four finish with a win over South Sydney in the final round of the regular season next Saturday.

Central Coast Roosters 30 (Reed 2, Predebon, Johnston, Simone, Martin tries; Southwell 2, Parker goals) def. Wests Tigers 14 (Toa Toa, E.Curtain, Lenaz tries; Curtain 1 goal) at Morry Breen Oval.