Wests Tigers Blitz Cowgirls

Wests Tigers 54 def Cowboys 10

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.

Pos Team P W L B Streak5 F A Diff Pts
1 Melbourne Storm 19 16 3 1 LWWWW 494 233 261 34
2 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19 15 4 1 WWWWL 466 269 197 32
3 Parramatta Eels 19 11 8 1 LWWLW 431 384 47 24
4 New Zealand Warriors 19 10 9 1 WWWLW 448 337 111 22
5 Brisbane Broncos 19 10 9 1 WLWWW 421 329 92 22
6 The Bulldogs 19 10 9 1 WWLWW 438 390 48 22
7 Wests Tigers 19 10 9 1 WLLWW 440 414 26 22
8 North Queensland Cowboys 19 10 9 1 LLLWW 393 506 -113 22
9 South Sydney Rabbitohs 19 9 10 1 WWLLW 295 297 -2 20
10 Canberra Raiders 19 8 11 1 WLWLL 439 496 -57 18
11 Gold Coast Titans 19 8 11 1 LLLLL 333 419 -86 18
12 Sydney Roosters 19 8 11 1 WWWLL 322 495 -173 18
13 Newcastle Knights 19 8 11 1 LLLWL 342 534 -192 18
14 The Sharks 19 7 12 1 LLLLL 344 309 35 16
15 St George Illawarra Dragons 19 7 12 1 LWLWW 345 423 -78 16
16 Penrith Panthers 19 5 14 1 LLWLL 387 503 -116 12


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