Everyone knows about the lingering saga that surrounded him and a potential move to the Dragons, only to see him remain at the Tigers – but despite that, and despite many taunts from Dragons fans as a result, it was Tim Moltzen who had the last laugh, scoring a hat-trick, and guiding the Tigers to a 22-12 win over the Dragons.
The loss effectively ends the Dragons season, as just over 10,000 people braved the cold, blustery and rainy weather, to watch the game – with Moltzen clearly enjoying his footy.
Tigers winger Beau Ryan and star five-eighth Benji Marshall, were all full of praise for their fullback.
“That Dragons Army were getting into him and he had his little earmuffs on and he played very well. I’m proud of him,” Ryan said.
“I thought he really stood up tonight … His most dangerous game is probably his running game so to see him run in that try just before halftime, I knew he was pretty switched on,” Marshall said.
For Moltzen, he said that just because he produced a match-winning performance, did not mean that he felt any better – but he knew that he had to go out there and do his job.
“For me personally it was about doing my job for the team,” Moltzen said.
“I could have been coming up against anyone and it wouldn’t have been any different.
“All that stuff’s in the past for me and this was just another game. I’ve moved on and just happy to get the two points.”
Although technically, on a mathematical scale, the Dragons can make the finals – even they know it depends on a good few results going their way, in the next 3 rounds.
“We can (make the finals) but it’s out of our hands,” an exasperated skipper Ben Hornby said.
“Now we’ve got to hope for teams to win and teams to lose. Win all our games. We’re in the position now where it’s not in our hands.
Although Steve Price refused to comment on the controversy around one of Moltzen’s three tries, he knows that his side have no-one but themselves to blame.
“We put ourselves in that situation, we’ve got no one else to blame there but ourselves,” he said.
The loss was compounded with a neck injury to Nathan Fien, who went to hospital as a result.