Playing in front of a full house tonight at Leichhardt Oval, the Tigers have returned to some of their best form – putting on a clinic and really belittling the Cowboys with constant one way traffic.
Both sides were coming off 2 successive losses and desperately needed the points as finals time approaches. The Tigers making a real feast of the win, grabbing some valuable points differential out of the win – amazing the Tigers missing only 4 tackles all game.
After 10 minutes of game time it did look like this one would be a real arm wrestle – but the Tigers strung some good second phase play together and their forwards began punching through centre field. Keith Galloway in particular was outstanding in the engine room, skittling Cowboys defenders – noted defenders too in Sione Faumuina and Carl Webb were spewed out of Galloway’s path as he charged through.
With the forwards winning the battle, the Tigers skills men did their part. Brett Hodgson returning to have some good touches, earning an early try assist to John Morris – this early touchdown typifying the missing urgency from the Cowboys.
As the Tigers rained bombs and grubbers down on the Cowboys – the Queenslanders just didn’t seem to attack the football. Several times they let kicks bounce dangerously and rarely challenged the Tigers to 50/50 balls.
The Cowboys will be absolutely desperate next week against the Raiders and should do the Canberra boys in considering its away from the ACT fortress.
In the post match press conference, Cowboys coach Graham Murray wasn’t pulling any punches – admitting the Cowboys are certainly in a slump and truly struggling with injuries across the board. For the Tigers; Sheens was obviously happy – but concerned the Cowboys weren’t at the top of their game. Sheen’s commenting on the form of Bryce Gibbs – the stocky prop getting good praise from his boss.
The Tigers travel to the Gold Coast next weekend and face the Titans – still smarting from their loss to Souths in the thriller on Saturday night.
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