With the thought that the Tigers injury toll would force them to lose the game, the club came out the stronger of the two, whereas the Bunnies seemed to lack any spark, and played with hardly any intensity.
The win by the Tigers was the first time that Tigers coach Tim Sheens has gotten a win over fellow long-time coach John Lang in 18 attempts.
The news was not good for Keith Galloway however, another Tigers casualty – as he went off with a groin injury in the second half.
Whilst many thought that the Tigers would have taken a cautious approach, given their injury toll, they did anything but, as they produced some at times razzle dazzle footy.
To make matters even worse for Souths, inspirational prop Luke Stuart could miss the rest of the season, and possibly, even be forced to retire, after he suffered what is believed to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Sheens laughed off the thought of finally getting one over his long-time friend and fellow coach.
“One to me and 17 to him,”Sheens said. “He’ll retire. I’ll never catch him now.”
Despite his niggling injury, Tigers captain Robbie Farah was pleased with the way it held up, and how it had improved over the week.
“Tonight I was up for a big game,” he said.
“I was pretty embarrassed with the way I played last week so I kind of had a point to prove on an individual level and I was happy with the way I bounced back.”
Souths coach John Lang said that the loss was a wake-up call, and that the Bunnies have to follow the Tigers lead if they are serious about finals football in 2011.
“The tigers were a top four side last year, they went within a whisker of being in the grand final,” he said.
“And tonight they showed why they progressed that far and probably showed us the sort of standard and the sort of team you’re going to have to beat if you want to be up there in the big games at the end of the year.”
Dally M Points
3 Benji Marshall
2 Simon Dwyer
1 Robbie Farah
WESTS TIGERS 30 (S Dwyer 2 M Brown B Marshall W McKinnon tries B Marshall 5 goals B Marshall 2 field goals) btÂ SOUTH SYDNEY 6 (C Sandow try C Sandow goal) at Sydney Football Stadium. Referee: Adam Devcich, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 22,677.