Tigers win closely fought contest over the Panthers

Chris Heighington

Their mid-season stumble as come to an end, with the Wests Tigers defeating a gritty and determined Panthers side 26-18, at Campbelltown Stadium.

Three consecutive losses had seen the Tigers drop to ninth, although they now move back into the eight and leapfrog the Warriors, holding down eighth spot on the competition ladder.

Despite the win however, it was not a convincing one – with the Tigers needing two late tries from Ben Murdoch-Masila and Chris Heighington, to win the game.

It was important for the Tigers to break their current losing streak, with Tim Sheens seeing it as important to do so for the team.

“Hell yeah, just for their confidence.

“The two points are very valuable considering what’s happening in the competition at the moment.”

There was a moment of controversy however, with Tim Sheens believing that video referee Bernard Sutton got a decision wrong – one involving the contentious obstruction rule.

“It’s one of those things that’s going to be difficult to get right on every occasion,” Sheens said.

“But I felt on that occasion the lead runner went a long way to knock him (Moltzen) out of the way … to say he couldn’t get to the little halfback is a tall order.”

Despite putting in a decent performance, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary knows that this has been the tale of their season.

“We put enough effort in and did enough good things to secure two points,” Cleary said.

“But I suppose that’s where we are at the moment, it’s probably why we’re sitting on the table where we are – there’s been too many games like that.”

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