Wests Tigers 34 def Bulldogs 18
What a turnaround! The week off had the Tigers jumping out of their skin and they blew the Dogs off the park with smart mobile forwards. The Tigers ran great angles all night and frustrated the Dogs from the first whistle.
Farrah winning man of the match and eating up dummy half meters at will, with halves Marshall and Morris combining well and choosing the right options. Wider out, Dean Collis was sensational – beating his opposite man regularly and scoring a double and setting up a 3rd try.
It was the Tigers of 2005. Not many errors, limited missed tackles and dynamic attack.
They have exposed the Bulldogs weakness, which has been coming to the surface in recent weeks – which is the rushing defence and its inability to adjust to second phase or wider forward hit ups. The Eels exposed this last week, but couldnt capitalize.
For the Dogs, the forwards let them down. Shrek, Mason and SBW were so hell bent on killing their opponents – that missed shoulder charges and ill-timing was letting their opponents gain meters and easy off-loads.
Cutler had a horror night. Dropping several high balls, and gifting 2 tries through lost balls in goal. I think we may see Utai back next week.
Sherwin was on the improve, setting up tries and grabbing a long 40/20 – and should keep Roberts at bay.
The Tigers now move to 6 points with the aid of last weeks bye – and gain good confidence.