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Wests Tigers defeat Bulldogs in Women's clash

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side suffered their second loss of the season, going down to the Wests Tigers 32-20.

The Bulldogs headed into the round four fixture off the back of an impressive performance against the North Sydney Bears and although the side crossed for the first try of the afternoon, the Tigers proved too good in wet conditions at Hammondville Oval.

Centre Leanne Toomalatai crossed for Canterbury early, before the Wests Tigers crossed for three tries in 14 minutes through Teagan Toa Toa, Sophie Curtain and Raecene McGregor to lead 16-4 at half-time.

The visitors extended their lead following the break with tries Tia Cook and Filomina Hanisi in the opening five minutes of the second half to lead 26-4 with 25 minutes left in the game.

Canterbury dug deep and grabbed three tries in eight minutes when Temukisa Ioane (45th minute), Margot Vella (50th minute) and Abbi Church (53rd minute) crossed for the home side and cut Wests Tigers' lead to just six points with less than five minutes remaining on the clock.

The Tigers sealed their win with a late four-pointer to Emily Curtain and claim their first victory of the season.

The Bulldogs will now turn their focus to their round five match with the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Erskineville Oval.

Wests Tigers 32 (Toa Toa, S. Curtain, E. Curtain, McGregor, Hanisi, Cook tries; Kara 4/6 goals)


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20 (Toomalatai, Ioane, Vella, Church tries; Weatherall 2/4 goals)

Highlights: Round 4 v Wests Tigers