Return of Reynolds not enough as Souths are trampled by the Tigers

Martin Taupau

Recording their first victory since Rd 8, the Wests Tigers made it an emphatic one in every sense, as both James Tedesco and Martin Taupau shone with doubles.

With star players Aaron Woods and Robbie Farah on Origin duties, the Tigers were under pressure to get their season back on track but they capitalised and played as a unit.

Whilst Souths were missing Greg Inglis and Issac Luke, the return of Reynolds was not enough, as the side lacked control, composure and finesse throughout.

The talking point after the game was Martin Taupau who caused issues for the Bunnies defence all night with his double, his barn-storming runs and several major fends.

The fluidity appeared in the Tigers attack that has been missing in previous weeks, as the 15,118 fans at ANZ Stadium were treated to a master-class by the Tigers, something the fans have been crying out for for quite some time.

As the game wore on, the Bunnies had chances of their own to score points and put the Tigers under pressure but they could not do so.

The Tigers defence remained resolute and they frustrated the Bunnies throughout, who could not make the most of their opportunities when provided to them.

The win gets the season back on track for the Tigers, as they key for them is to now build on that momentum over coming weeks.

The last month has been a tough one for the Tigers, but coach Jason Taylor was pleased to see that their hard work has paid off.

“We’ve had a tough month on the scoreboard and obviously from everybody outside the club but we’ve had a month of working really hard at what we do,” Tigers coach Jason Taylor said.

“From my experience, when you train well and you keep doing it day after day you’ll get the results eventually and that’s what we saw tonight.

“We saw the results of some really good training for a few weeks… the way the guys have stayed really tight is an absolute credit to them.”

Souths coach Michael Maguire went straight to the root of the issue, criticising his side for lacking energy from the word go.

“Right from the start of the game our energy wasn’t there,” Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

“They obviously did [have energy] they played well, defended well and they attacked with a lot of energy.”

With the medical staff clearing Reynolds to return, it was clear that he needs time to find his groove again.

“The doctors saw it was a good opportunity for this week to utilize him,” Maguire said.

“It was good obviously to have him back and we get some of our combinations that we practice early on in the season but we didn’t give ourselves a lot of chance there tonight, we played too lateral side-to-side rather than our style through the middle.”

3. Martin Taupau
2. James Tedesco
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