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Match Report: Jersey Flegg Cup R1 vs Silktails

Wests Tigers have kicked off their Jersey Flegg Cup season with a resounding 38-20 win over the Kaiviti Silktails at Lidcombe Oval.

The home side was up 38-4 midway through the second half before the Fijian outfit ran in three late tries in their historic inaugural game in the Under 21s competition.

After a lengthy warm-up in hot conditions at the home of the Magpies, the Silktails held their own in the opening exchanges, conceding the first try after nine minutes when Brandon Tumeth cut open the defence from close range,

Tumeth crossed for his second try eight minutes later to give the Tigers a 16-0 lead after as many minutes.

Wests Tigers hooker Bailey Hodges and replacement Zakauri Clarke scored tries within a few minutes of each other before powerful centre Emosi Daubitu crossed for the Silktails' first ever try in the Jersey Flegg Cup.

Clarke found his second of the afternoon just two minutes into the second half before both Wests Tigers’ wingers added their names to the scoresheet which had the home side up by seven tries to one.

The new ‘kids’ on the block finished the match off strongly in sweltering conditions running in the final three tries of the match, showing enough to suggest they will be a competitive force this season.

Several NRL and NRLW players were on hand to watch the pathways teams in action as part of Wests Tigers Club Day at Lidcombe Oval.

In the earlier games, Wests Magpies enjoyed convincing wins over Balmain Tigers in both the Harold Matthews and SG Cup Cup competitions.

Balmain was too strong for Wests in the first game of the day which saw the Tigers Under 16s Development squad beat the Magpies 24-8.

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