At half time the Tigers led 8-4 and the Roosters were reduced to a two man bench with Simon Bonnetti (dislocated shoulder) and Bryan Fletcher (leg) injured and unable to take any further part.
The Tigers had their chances with five consecutive sets of six at the Roosters line in the dying minutes but in one the best defensive efforts of the year, the Roosters held on to win.
Sun 2:30 PM, 30 June 2002 Campbelltown Stadium Referee: T Mander
Tigers 14 - Roosters 16 Wests Tigers (Tries: Saleh, Manu. Goals: Caine 3/4) Sydney Roosters (Tries: Hodges, Flannery, Wing. Goals: 2/3 Fitzgibbon)