Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 03:00pm
Wests Tigers
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
ANZ Stadium
Half time Score: 16
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Crowd: 22225
Half time Score: 18

Match Review

The stars of the future have been on show at ANZ Stadium, with the Wests Tigers scoring an emphatic 46-18 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs in front of 22,000 fans.

The game was started at a frantic pace with the Tigers going 100m in their opening set only for the Bulldogs to return fire with their own 80m set which lead to points for Krisnan Inu after a Bulldogs set piece.

From the opening two sets, it was obvious that this was going to be a day for attacking and the Tigers proved that with Blake Austin giving a barnstorming Bodene Thompson a try from close range.

The Tigers then raced downfield in the ensuing set from the kick off and after getting a repeat set Keith Lulia got the first of his foursome following a set play.

Ten minutes later, the Bulldogs were able to hit back when Trent Hodkinson showed everyone why he's an origin halfback with some magic skill to set up Tim Lafai to score in the corner.

The Bulldogs then looked like they were going to be the first team to take some control of the match when off the back of a penalty and a beautiful set piece Corey Thompson scored and following the conversion the Bulldogs were back in front.

Just like previous occasions the Tigers were able to hit back this time when Keith Lulia bagged his second try off the match off another well worked set piece, this time Mitchell Moses couldn't convert and the score remained at 18-16 until halftime.

The second half couldn't have got off to a worse start for the Bulldogs, when Mitch Brown dropped a Sam Kasiano offload, this gave the Tigers the perfect opportunity to start a second half blitz, which they obligingly took through Keith Lulia who grabbed his third.

From there, the Tigers were able to run roughshod over the Bulldogs defence through their young guns Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Blake Austin who were bursting through a Bulldogs defensive line at every opportunity.

Keith Lulia provided the best try of the day when he was able to do everything to keep himself in the field of play and get the ball down despite the attention of the Bulldogs defence to get his fourth try of the match.

From there the Tigers were able to score at will with easy tries coming to Curtis Sironen, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods & James Gavet, all of which were set up by some great skill from the Tigers young guns which left the Bulldogs guessing in defence.

There will be a nervous wait for the charge sheet for both sides with Josh Jackson on report for a trip, Trent Hodkinson for a dangerous throw & Blake Austin for a lazy high shot.

Next weekend, both sides return to ANZ Stadium, with the Tigers hosting the St George Illawarra Dragons meanwhile the Bulldogs are at home to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Players of the Match

3. Mitchell Moses

2. Blake Austin

1. Keith Lulia

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