The Wests Tigers NYC side have this afternoon defeated the Bulldogs 46-6 at ANZ Stadium.
It was nine tries to one with the Tigers proving to be too much for the young pups to control.
A number of penalties to each side gave both sides some good opportunities but it wasn’t until the 16th minute that the Tigers opened their account. An error was made by the young pups gifiting the Tigers possession and a quick shift to the left gave winger Obed Karwhin some open space and a clear passage to the try line. Lock forward Matthew Woods had the kicking duties but couldn’t convert from out wide, leaving the score at 4-nil.
Six minutes later, the Tigers added to their score through right winger Tom Satterthwaite. It was this time some enterprising play with the ball being thrown around and Satterthwaite ended up with the ball and crashed over to score. Woods couldn’t convert again and the score was 8-nil.
A third try was scored with seven minutes remaining in the half through centre John Tohi. The Bulldogs were struggling on the edges and giving away too many penalties and couldn’t hold Tohi out. Woods converted on this occasion, extending the lead out to 14-nil.
That’s how the score remained up until the half-time break, 14-nil.
It was the start they needed to the second half, with the young pups crossing just four minutes after the restart. It was a smart inside ball that sent interchange forward Piki Rogers over to score. Fullback Josh Bergamin converted to close the gap to eight points, 14-8.
Soon after the Tigers extended their lead through back rower Esan Marsters. After the Bulldogs looked to have crossed through Jayden Okunbor moments earlier, the Tigers went 100m to score on the right edge. Woods again converted to extend the lead out to 20-6.
Again, a smart restart saw the Bulldogs gain possession back but again an error handed the Tigers possession and Satterthwaite was the man to pick it up and run 90m untouched to score. Woods converted with the score now 26-6.
It was the errors that were letting the blue and whites down with the Tigers going over for their sixth try of the night in the 67th minute. The Tigers received a penalty after the kicker was taken out and as the set got played it was Tohi who crossed for their second of the night, in the north-east corner on this occasion. Woods couldn’t convert from out wide with the scoreboard reading 32-6.
The Tigers show continued with centre Watson Heleta getting in on the act in the 67th minute and soon after Tohi registered his hat-trick in the 71st minute. The latter was converted by Woods with the score now 40-6.
Just to rub salt into the wound, Junior Tatola crossed under the posts and with Woods converting, the match finished at 46-6.
TIGERS 46 (Karwhin, Saterthwaite 2, Tohi 3, Marsters, Heleta, Tatola Tries; Woods 5 Goals)
BULLDOGS 6 (Rogers Try; Bergamin Goals)
At: ANZ Stadium