Aaron Woods

Many thought that the Wests Tigers would not be able to match it with the Melbourne Storm, but the Tigers showed what some heart and resolve can do, as they pushed the Storm all the way before a surge in the second half put the Storm in a comfortable position.

The Storm were uncharacteristically sloppy at times, only taking the lead for the first time in 66th minute of the game before running away with it – their 13th win in succession.

Whilst the Storm may have won the game, it left Tigers fans with a positive feeling in their stomachs, as they watched their side go toe-to-toe with the Storm and almost come out on top, bar a sloppy and ill-disciplined final 20 minutes.

With an astronomical penalty count of 14-7 in favour of the Storm, Tigers coach Mick Potter made his feelings known, believing that Storm captain Cameron Smith was the reason some of those penalties were given.

“There’s a lot of talk going on out there and a lot of influence from senior guys and I don’t think we get the rub of the green some times,” said Potter.

“Different people have different influences.”

Despite a controversial try disallowed after it was ruled that Tigers prop Ben Murdoch-Masila made contact with a Storm defender, thus acting as a driver, Potter was pleased with parts of his side’s game.

“The result’s the most important thing and we didn’t get that. I am pleased with some facets of what we did tonight but we need to do it for 80 minutes,” said Potter.

For the Storm, coach Craig Bellamy admitted that his side looked completely flat early on after their three-day Easter break, but was pleased with their second-half resolve.

“The first half we lacked a little bit of energy but in the second half we certainly picked that up,” he said.

“The two things that were really important for us were patience and persistence and I was really proud of that.”

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