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Match Report: Lisa Fiaola Cup Finals Week 1 vs CC Roosters

Wests Tigers have defeated Central Coast Roosters 24-22 at Leichhardt Oval in week one of the finals in the Lisa Fiaola Cup.

In a tightly contested match the Tigers led 18-16 at half time and held on to win by two points to march through to the semi-finals.

The ‘home’ side jumped out to a 12-nil lead in the opening ten minutes through tries to fullback Rhiannon Bonner and five-eighth, Agnews Faaui.

The Roosters went back-to-back to lock things up at 12-12 before bench forward Alavina Tu’ifua crashed over in front of the Keith Barnes Stand to break the deadlock.

The Roosters hit back in the shadows of half time with a try out wide to entre Mia Vaotuua to put the Central Coast team behind by just two points at the break.

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The Tigers were making easier metres through the middle in the second half off the back of strong carries from forwards Aliana Fasavalu-Fa'amausili and Lucyannah Laumanu-Leiataua.

It was 20 minutes into the second period before the scoreboard ticked over when Faaui sliced through from close range to put the Tigers ahead 24-16

Roosters hooker Mahlie Cashin scored in the final minute of the match but it was too little too late with Wests Tigers booking a place in the Lisa Fiaola Cup semi-finals. 

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