Desperate Tigers crunch out win
A passionate crowd of 7,125 has braved terrible conditions to see the Wests Tigers score their first win in 8 weeks with a 22-20 win over the North Qld Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval.
The game started with an unexpected move by Cowboys coach Neil Henry with James Tamou being dropped back to the bench with Scott Bolton starting in jersey 17, the move looked to be a good one early with Bolton setting up a Tariq Sims try as well as looking strong early on.
Just five minutes later the Tigers hit back with Benji Marshall scoring a controversial try with replays suggesting that referee Jason Robinson was right in calling a no try although the Video Referees decided otherwise and awarded Benji Marshall the try.
The wet weather played havoc with the ball handling and passing for both the Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys.
The first half was a typical wet weather arm-wrestle with both sides trying to play smart wet weather football which was stopped by some strong defence from both sides.
First half also saw its fair share of Video Referee calls with four referrals by referees Jason Robinson and Gavin Morris with several controversial calls sure to be talked about in the week ahead.
The first half saw tries to Benji Marshall and Marika Koroibete for the Wests Tigers whilst Tariq Sims and Kane Linnett scored tries for the Cowboys.
The Tigers went to the half time break ahead by two points and capitalised on this lead and extended the lead through Jack Buchanan soon after the half time break.
As the rain continued to become heavier the Cowboys managed to clean up an error by David Nofoaluma to give the Cowboys a try and bring the lead back to four points. The lead soon changed again as the Cowboys crossed the line through Antonio Winterstein to take a two point lead which the Cowboys held until the 78th minute.
At that point Wests Tigers winger David Nofaluma crossed in the corner at what looked to be the match winning try and after several replays from the Video Referees they agreed with the on-field call from Jason Robinson and awarded the try.
There were a couple of talking points from the match such as the improved performances from Benji Marshall and Adam Blair, as well as several controversial decisions from video referees Chris Ward and Luke Patten.
Wests Tigers will be happy with their win this weekend as they have the bye next weekend before taking on the inform Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium in Round 13. The Cowboys aren’t so lucky - they have to take on the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park on Sunday week.
Wests Tigers 22 North Queensland Cowboys 20
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Halftime Score: Wests Tigers 12-10
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - David Nofoaluma
2 points - Benji Marshall
1 point - Matthew Bowen
WESTS TIGERS (22)
Tries: Benji Marshall, Marika Koroibete, Jack Buchanan, David Nofoaluma
Conversions: Benji Marshall (3/4)
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Tariq Sims (2), Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Just over 30 minutes away from Kick off at Leichhardt Oval
, weather at the ground not the best with heavy rain currently falling at the ground
TEAM CHANGES: Both sides 1-17 for the clash tonight although Scott Bolton
will start the game for the Cowboys in jersey 17 with James Tamou
coming from the bench in an unexpected move
Play underway and the Cowboys get an early penalty and then six again for a chargedown by the tigers on the ensuing set
Might only be a small crowd at Leichhardt Oval
tonight but appear to be very vocal
9 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Benji Marshall
. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall
gets the green lights for a controversial try that was originally called a no try by the referee - looks like it could be a massive change of luck for the TigersWests Tigers
PENALTY - Tigers get a lucky penalty after the referee missed an obvious one
12 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSAaron Woods
makes an unforced error.
Tigers were looking good after the try but can't capitalise with an error from Aaron Woods
30m out from the Cowboys line
PENALTY - Liam Fulton
penalised for a high tackle on Matt Scott - Cowboys on the attack close to the tigers line
NO TRY - Video Referees give another controversial call here at Leichhardt Oval
- Tigers penalised for a shoulder charge that looked to be very soft
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSAdam Blair
makes an unforced error.Adam Blair
puts the ball down on the third tackle inside the Cowboys half
19 min: Braith Anasta
showing some ill-discipline for a tackle around the neck relieving pressure on the Cowboys and inturn putting it on the Tigers
24 min: Ashley Graham
gives the ball to the touch judge, giving the tigers a scrum around 45m out from the Cowboys line
26 min: Gavin Cooper
looks to have a big issue, being helped back to the benches by the Nth Qld Trainers
28 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSEddy Pettybourne
makes an unforced error.Eddy Pettybourne
makes another error close to the Cowboys line relieving the pressure
Some injury concerns for both sides - Darren Lockyer on Ch9 reporting that Liam Fulton
has a hamstring injury and is unlikely to return whilst Gavin Cooper
his having his ankle treated on the sideline
31 min: Aaron Woods
with a try saving play stripping Matt Bowen
VIDEO REFEREE - Checking a possible Marika Koroibete
try, checking grounding/possible double movement, Gavin Morris
has said that we have a try
40 min: Wests Tigers
hold a 2 point lead at the Half Time break in a match that has seen its fair share of errors, Conditions haven't been friendly to expansive football but both sides have tried.
A few video referee decisions will come under scrutiny with decisions being controversial
Teams back on the field for the second half, Tigers looking to grow their 2 point lead
Jonathan Thurston shows all his skills with a good kick, chase & gets the repeat set for the Nth Qld Cowboys
Rain looks to be the strongest its been all day at Leichhardt Oval
with it looking to be torrential
VIDEO REFEREE - Checking for a possible Tariq Sims
54 min: James Tedesco
with some excellent clean up skills after an average but difficult kick from Thurston
PENALTY - Tigers get a Penalty with Tariq Sims
penalised for a high tackle
Matt Bowen with some good skill to guess where Robbie Farah
was going to put the kick into the ingoal
57 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSRobbie Farah
makes an unforced error.Robbie Farah
makes a poor error at the play the ball to put the pressure back on the Tigers
Momentum looks to be swinging to the Cowboys although Johnathan Thurston
puts a poor kick in and gives the Tigers free passage back to the 20m
NO TRY called by the Video Referees, Cowboys get a repeat set through a dropout
PENALTY - Cowboys get a penalty 10m out infront after the dropout goes out on the full
VIDEO REFEREE - We have another Video Referee - Jason Robinson
has said NO TRY
NO TRY from the Video Referees and again Koroibete is penalised for a shoulder charge which again looks to be harsh
VIDEO REFEREE - Again we are off to the video referee this time looking at a possible Kane Linnett
NO TRY - Video Referees rule that Kane Linnett
bounced the grounding, Tigers come away from their own end
69 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERSBraith Anasta
makes an unforced error.Braith Anasta
loses the ball just centimetres from the cowboys line
PENALTY - Tigers get a penalty on their own goal line after Glen Hall tackled James Tedesco
Tigers on the attack just metres and then let the pressure off with another poor pass from Braith Anasta
WESTS TIGERS WIN - No typo there, First time in 8 weeks the Tigers get a win, 22-20 over the North Queensland Cowboys
in an extremely entertaining match