The Tigers would have always had a chance to win, but no-one would have thought they would beat the Melbourne Storm as convincingly as they did, with the Wests Tigers defeating the Storm 22-4 on a waterlogged Leichhardt Oval.
In horrible conditions, it was the Tigers young wingers in Tim Simona and David Nofoaluma as well as the veterans that stood up, as five-eighth Benji Marshall described it as a season-defining win.
“It was a season-defining win in terms of trying to make the top eight,” said Marshall.
With a sturdy performance needed, the Tigers fans got one, with hooker Robbie Farah describing it as one of their most complete performances to date.
“It was probably the most complete 80-minute performance we’ve put in a long time,” said Farah.
Although the win was a much needed one and whilst they are moving in the right direction, Farah is not talking about finals footy just yet.
“We’re heading in totally wicked electronic cigarettes the right direction, but the fact of the matter is those seven losses in a row mean that we need to win footy games,” Farah said.
“We’re not in the eight, our for and against is terrible… we’ve just got to keep winning.
It was not a pretty performance by the Storm, with coach Craig Bellamy rather blunt in his post-game assessment.
“We tried reasonably hard but we just didn’t have that cohesion there tonight,” Bellamy said.
With Cameron Smith out due to injury, stand-in captain Cooper Cronk said the performance was un-Storm like.
“It was very unlike Melbourne Storm, we normally go out there and grind out a performance and work together and commit to the full 80 minutes and it wasn’t that tonight,” Cronk said.
To then rub salt into the wound, prop Jason Ryles left the field in the second half with knee medial ligament damage.
3. Aaron Woods
2. Tim Simona
1. Adam Blair