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The Wests Tigers have re-ignited their 2003 season with a comprehensive 38-12 victory over Manly at Brookvale Oval this afternoon.
The Tigers were always in complete control and with Joel Caine?s boot landing 7/9, the game was as good as gone after the first twenty minutes.
Manly now sit in equal last place with the Rabbitoh?s with no wins from three starts yet channel nine have these two teams as Sunday game in round seven.
Manly have big problems across the park with no go forward and depth and unless coach Peter Sharp can address this issue immediately, the Sea Eagles season will be a long one and any chance of a semi final berth will soon be long gone unless Manly can address the many problems they face.
Full credit must go to the Tigers who turned up with their game faces on after last week?s 38-6 pasting by the Bulldogs. Terry Hill had a mighty game against his former club while Troy Wozniak was again strong off the bench and made some damaging runs late in the game.
The Tigers will now go into next week?s game against the Rabbitohs full of confidence and have a chance to consolidate today?s win and climb back into the top eight and get some consistency back in their game. Manly play St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium and the Dragons should have Shaun Timmins and Trent Barrett returning so the task does not get any easier.
Tim Sheens will leave Brookvale this afternoon full of confidence and the knowledge that although the Tigers had a comprehensive win, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Leagueunlimited Player Of the Year Points.
Terry Hill - 3 points Corey Pearson - 2 points Joel Caine - 1 point
Scorers: Sea Eagles Tries: Watmough, Menzies Goals: Walker 2/2 Wests Tigers Tries: Withers, Galea, O'Halloran, Fitzhenry x 2, Hill. Goals: Caine 7/9
By the clock: 6th min: PENALTY GOAL - Tigers. Caine kicks the first points of the match. Tigers 2-0.
14th min: TRY - Tigers. Lincoln Withers fools Luke WIlliamson from Naly to strol across untouched and extend the Tigers lead to eight points. Conversion successful. Tigers 8-0.
22nd min: PENALTY GOAL - Tigers. Caine pushes the Tigers out to a ten point lead. Tigers 10-0.
27th min: TRY - Tigers. Ben Galea scores next to the posts on the back of a rampagain run from Troy Wozniak. Conversion successful. Tigers 16-0.
32nd min: TRY - Tigers. The rout continues. This time Michael Buettner bombs for his winger Mark O'Halloran and amazingly enough, he scores in the corner. Conversion successful. Tigers 22-0.
35th min: TRY - Tigers. Daniel Fitzhenry scoops on a wayward Manly pass to run the length of the field and extend the Tigers to an almost unbeatable lead. Conversion successful. Tigers 28-0.
43rd min: TRY - Manly. Anthony Watmough finally gets the Eagles on the board. Conversion successful. Tigers 28-6.
58th min: TRY - Tigers. Hill socres in the corner against his old club to give the Tigers an unbeatable lead. Conversion unsuccessful. Tigers 32-6.
65th min: TRY - Manly. Menzies bumps off former team mate Terry Hill to score a good try off a Chad Randall kick. Conversion successful. Tigers 32-12.
69th min: TRY - Tigers. Robert mears drops a grubber kick behind the Manly line for Daniel Fitzhenry who scores in the corner. Touchline conversion successful. Tigers 38-12.