Kevin Naiqama

Reminiscent of 2005, the Wests Tigers attack had their fans celebrating after a solid 30-14 win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The first half was all the Tigers, as they produced some brilliant attacking play and good tries in the process.

Two tries in quick succession – both of a great attacking nature – had the Tigers fans cheering and many fans calling them early try of the year contenders.

Whilst the Tigers were flying high in attack, the Bunnies suffered an early blow in the first half after Sam Burgess left the field with a potential pectoral injury.

That was then exacerbated when Bryson Goodwin, filling in at back-row, left the field with a broken arm.

The attacking displays continued, as Souths tried to get back into the game with some tries of their own.

They managed to do so for a while through a double for Alex Johnston in his 50th NRL game but it was not to be, as the Tigers found their attack once more.

They scored further tries to Chris Lawrence and Robbie Farah but it was Souths who were left asking what happened, with many fans questioning some decisions made by coach Michael Maguire.

Despite leaving the field, there was a small chance that Sam Burgess could have returned but the news was not as promising for Goodwin.

“They’re not quite sure at the moment,” Maguire said.

“He’s got a lot of pain in his shoulder so they’re still having a look at that one. He actually said at the backend of the game that he thought he was an opportunity to come back out, so that’s a positive for next week.

“Bryson’s got a suspected broken arm so we’ll have to wait and see on that one,” his coach said.

The great try scored by Simona was the brainchild of Tigers assistant coach, Craig Sandercock.

“Craig Sandercock, our assistant coach, that was his,” Taylor admitted.

“He came up with that for us this week.

“I will say that he had a scrum play that we tried to use last week which was rubbish. We got nothing out of that one but I was very complimentary to him in the box when we scored that try.”

Player of the Game:

3. Kevin Naiqama
2. Mitch Moses
1. Cody Walker

Wests Tigers 30 (Mitchell Moses, Tim Simona, David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence, Kevin Naiqama, Robbie Farah tries; Mitch Moses 2, Tim Simona goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 (Alex Johnston 2, Kirisome Auva’a tries; Adam Reynolds 1 goal) at ANZ Stadium. Half-time: 14-4 Tigers. Crowd: 14,490. Injuries: Sam Burgess (shoulder), Bryson Goodwin (arm).

By ricky

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