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Match Report: R6 vs Eels

A long range field goal from Jackson Hastings has given Wests Tigers their first win of the season after a thrilling last minute victory against the high-flying eels.

The visitors were forced to earn their victory, converting a four point halftime lead into a 21-20 win.

Much was spoken this week about Luke Brooks’ shift to five-eighth, but the move paid instant dividends as the half sent Luciano Leilua away to open the scoring.

The Eels soon hit back through Clint Gutherson, before Starford To’a broke the game open with an electric break downfield.

 

The ensuing play saw Brooks hit David Nofoaluma, who barged past three defenders to score in the corner.

Nofoaluma soon doubled his tally, latching onto a well-weighted chip kick from Jackson Hastings.

With six more first half penalties and set restarts than their opposition, the Eels rallied to cut the lead to four points at the break.

 

Both sides traded tries to open the second half, with Ken Maumalo crossing in the left corner before Dylan Brown stepped through the line to send Reed Mahoney away to score.

The task of then became tougher for Wests Tigers, who lost Maumalo and hooker Jake Simpkin to leg injuries.

Parramatta soon took advantage and levelled the scores with ten minutes to play.

As time ticked down, both teams had chances to ice the game but were unsuccessful as the match appeared destined for golden point.

However, on the stroke of full time, Jackson Hastings stood up and launched a 38-metre field goal to win his 50th NRL match.

The victory is sure to relieve the intense scrutiny on the joint-venture, who have leaped off the bottom of the ladder.

Wests Tigers will have the chance to make it back-to-back victories next Saturday, when they face the South Sydney Rabbitohs at CommBank Stadium.

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