The Wests Tigers have caused their third major upset of the season with a gutsy 30-22 victory over the Roosters at Campbelltown this afternoon.
The game was superb and a nail-biting finish was the order of the day with the result in doubt right up until the 80th minute. The Tigers lead from start to finish but not without a lot of nervous moments along the way. The Roosters were missing almost all of their stars to injury and Origin duty.
For the Tigers Terry Hill and Luke Covell were outstanding while for the Roosters Eric Grothe jnr and Ryan Cross had fine games in a losing side.
There were plenty of controversial refereeing decisions but thankfully none affected the final outcome of the match.
The Tigers played with plenty of passion and spirit and thoroughly deserved their win this afternoon and it shows the gap between the 15 sides is very close this season.
The Roosters face off against the Broncos next Friday night while the Tigers face the Storm at Olympic Park as they look for back to back wins after a month of good form which has seen the Tigers topple two of the competition heavyweights in the Bulldogs and Roosters.
Leagueunlimited.com player of the year points:
3 ? Terry Hill (Tigers) 2 ? Luke Covell (Tigers) 1 ? Eric Grothe jnr (Roosters)
Scorers: Tigers 30 Tries: Covell, Wilson, Fitzhenry, Galea, Laffranchi. Goals: Covell 5/6
Roosters22 Tries: Cross x 2, Finch, Paea Goals: Fittler 3/4
By the clock: 4th min: TRY - Tigers. Luke Covell gets the Tigers out to an early lead after a very impressive start against a depleted Roosters outfit. Conversion unsuccessful. Tigers 4-0.
20th min: Still no change in the scoreline with the Tigers on the receiving end of some very dubious refereeing decisions. Tigers 4-0.
30th min: TRY - Tigers. John Wilson scores off a great grubber from Lincoln as the Tigers apply the blowtorch to the Roosters, who are struggling moving the ball out of their own end. Conversion successful. Tigers 10-0.
35th min: TRY - Roosters. Disgraceful decision from video ref Steve Clark to award a try to Ryan Cross after a Roosters player made a blatant knock on yet Clark checked the knock one and still awarded the try. Conversion successful. Tigers 10-6.
38th min: TRY - Tigers. Daniel Fitzhenry scores out wide after a great bust from Gray Viane to extend the Tigers lead just before the break. Conversion successful. Tigers 16-6.
HALF TIME: The Tigers are travelling along nicely but still have some work to do if they are to win this match. The Roosters are sure to leave nothing in the tank in a desperate bid to win the match.
42nd min: TRY - Tigers. Ben Galea barges over from dummy half to really put the cat amongst the pigeons. Conversion successful. Tigers 22-6.
50th min: TRY - Roosters. Ryan Cross gets a double as Fittler throws a great cut-out ball to Eric Grothe who races down the sideline and passes inside for Cross to score under the posts. Conversion successful. Tigers 22-12.
57th min: TRY - Roosters. Brett Finch scores to get the Roosters right back into the match. Conversion successul. Tigers 22-18.
61st min: PENALTY GOAL - Tigers. The Roosters are penalised for holding down the player and Luke Covell makes them pay to edge the Tigers out ot a six point lead. Tigers 24-18.
68th min: TRY - Roosters. Paea scores out wide after sustained pressure from the Roosters and the Tigers look to be fast running out of petrol as the game enters it's final climax. Conversion unsuccessful. Tigers 24-22.
80th min: TRY - Tigers. Anthony Laffranchi latches onto a wayward Andrew Lomu pass to seal the victory for the Tigers in a great game of football. Conversion successful. Tigers 30-22.