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The Tigers have won back to back games for the first time this season, defeating Parramatta 31-30 where all the damage was done early in front of 19,654 fans at Parramatta Stadium
It was a cagey opening ten minutes from two sides down on their luck but it was an error that opened the game up. Robbie Farah was the maestro, sending Chris Lawrence into a gaping hole for the opening points.
Ben Roberts went close after he did all the hard work but he forgot to hold onto the football. Tigers made them pay when Beau Ryan was on the end of an overlap, kicking for himself to make it 10-0. More errors and penalties just invited the Tigers to attack more and they accepted with open arms, Liam Fulton shrugging off two limp tackles to make it 16-blot.
A Moltzen penalty after Benji Marshall was hit high pushed it out to eighteen points and a long way back for Parramatta.
As a safeguard, Benji Marshall slotted a field goal to add some cushion to the Tigers lead but it would end up being quite vital.
Parramatta came out, looking to at least cross the stripe early to cause some jitters in the Tigers camp but the closest they came was an obvious double movement from Fui Fui Moi Moi.
Two different kicks iced the two competition points for Wests when Ben Murdoch Masila firstly outlept Jarryd Hayne for his first try in the 57th minute and pounced on a grubber in the 63rd to complete his brace, making 31 points to zero.
While the game may have been lost, Parramatta kept fighting and their first try came from an unlikely source, Matt Ryan, who was determined to cross the tryline. The next came from an overlap which sent Ken Sio over, making it 31-12.
Willie Tonga registered his first try back in Parramatta colours scoring their third and Jarryd Hayne produced the step which is all too rare these days to cut the deficit by a further six.
Cheyse Blair streaked away for the Eels sixth try but it was too late.
Wests fell asleep in the final twenty minutes but did enough damage in the opening sixty minutes to make it two in a row, winning 31 points to 30.
Parramatta will have concerns with Casey McGuire on report, for two seperate charges along with Mitchell Allgood.
Next week the Eels host Canterbury at their secondary home ground of ANZ Stadium in Friday night footy, while the Tigers are gunning for three straight against the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park on Saturday.
Parramatta Eels 30 were defeated by Wests Tigers 31
National Rugby League - Round 8 - Sunday April 29, 2012 3:00pm
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Referee: Ashley Klein and Gavin Morris
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Ricky MacFarlane and Russell Turner
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 19 Wests Tigers 0
PARRAMATTA EELS (30)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne, Willie Tonga, Cheyse Blair, Ken Sio, Matt Ryan
Conversions: Luke Burt (5/5)
WESTS TIGERS (31)
Tries: Liam Fulton, Chris Lawrence, Beau Ryan, Ben Murdoch (2)
Field Goals: Benji Marshall (1/1)
Conversions: Benji Marshall (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Tim Moltzen (1/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to an overcast Parramatta Stadium for this afternoon's clash between Parramatta and Wests. Both sides are languishing at the wrong side of the table and will be looking for a win.
Parramatta: They have a raft of changes including the highly publicised one being the demotion of Chris Sandow to NSW Cup, with Casey McGuire shifting to halfback. Mitchell Allgood goes from starting prop to the bench, Matthew Ryan will start and Taniela Lasalo takes McGuire's vacant bench spot.
Tigers piled on the points late in the #NYC to finish up 42-16
1 min: Both teams have hit the park. Wests defending the Southern end and Parramatta kick off.
2 min: Massive bomb from Hayne produces a result early, forcing a Tigers error giving Parramatta a repeat set.
6 min: It seems the Eels will be peppering Moltzen with bombs. He takes this one well, being collected high and it'll be a penalty plus on report.
9 min: Knock on from Matt Ryan trying to recover a Hayne bomb. Changeover.
10 min: Parramatta try to force it free but only succeed in knocking it on. Tigers will have a full set at the Eels line.
13 min: TRY
Simple play. Robbie Farah dummied , taking the ball out but he throws it inside to Lawrence who strolls into a gaping hole for the opening try. Marshall converts.
Wests Tigers 6-0
15 min: Parramatta have been gifted a repeat set, thanks to Moltzen just spilling it.
16 min: Parramatta spoil it with an error and Reddy swoops.
17 min: This could be trouble for Parramatta, Wests are working their way into the contest. Moltzen with the knock on spoils the attacking raid.
VIDEO REFEREE: Checking if it's a knock on or a kick from Ben Roberts.
18 min: NO TRY! Roberts did the hard yards, by getting through the line but as he was rounding Moltzen, he spilt the ball.
22 min: TRY
Well that won't be one for the highlight reel for Farah with a very sloppy pass from dummy half. Marshall scoots across field, finding the overlap, getting it to Ryan who kicks for himself and scores! Marshall misses to the delight of Rey Mysterio mask guy.
Wests Tigers 10-0
23 min: Parramatta are looking threatening but can't hold the ball.
27 min: TRY
A few questionable calls against the Eels helps the Tigers downfield but it doesn't excuse the gaping hole left when Fulton palms off Roberts then beats Hayne to score the Tigers third. Marshall from right in front, slams it over.
Wests Tigers 16-0
29 min: That is outrageous, Casey McGuire is placed on report for a second time for a supposed high shot. Penalty Tigers.
30 min: Another penalty for the Tigers. Swinging arm by Mitchell Allgood, he'll join McGuire on report.
30 min: PENALTY GOAL
Due to Marshall being hit high. Moltzen takes the penalty shot and it's slammed through.
Wests Tigers 18-0
33 min: Penalty to Parramatta, offside. Can Parramatta mount some offence.
34 min: Roberts goes to the line trying to throw the cut-out but it's spilled.
36 min: Parramatta persist with the high bombs but it comes to naught besides Tuiqiri being hammered by Fui Fui Moi Moi.
38 min: The ball almost bounces the right way for Wests but it's dropped at the last moment.
39 min: Jeez! Ben Roberts must know it's NFL draft time.. he throws a perfect spiral for a touchdown but sadly this is rugby league and it was a forward pass.
40 min: FIELD GOAL
Last tackle and almost halftime, so Marshall calmly slots a field goal.
Wests Tigers 19-0
40 min: HALFTIME! It'll be a long road back for Parramatta to overcome this 19 point deficit.
41 min: Here we go for the second half! Parramatta with the ball.
46 min: Tigers have continued where they left off.. dropout after a kick by Liam Fulton.
47 min: Penalty Tigers, here comes more pressure for the Eels.
49 min: An error by Adam Blair lets Parramatta off the hook.
52 min: Joel Reddy is driven over the sideline by a group of Parramatta defenders.
54 min: Willie Tonga is almost away but he's wrapped by Lawrence. Changeover.
55 min: Tuiqiri is into the clear and only has Hayne to beat.. He kicks for Marshall but he's knocked it on.
VIDEO REFEREE: Checking if Fui Fui might have a try.
56 min: NO TRY! It was the most obvious double movement from Fui Fui. He was tackled then tried to promote the ball. Easy penalty to Wests.
60 min: TRY
It's a bird, It's a plane, NO! It's Ben Murdoch.. who has outlept Jarryd Hayne for a try. Marshall makes no mistake with this conversion.
Wests Tigers 25-0
61 min: Dangerous tackle by Taniela Lasalo on Adam Blair. Penalty Tigers.
VIDEO REFEREE: Ben Murdoch might have his second, off another kick.
63 min: TRY
He has a second Murdoch! Farah stabs one behind, early in the count and Masila is there to pounce. Marshall converts and it's academic now.
Wests Tigers 31-0
67 min: A loose pass by Reddy gifts Parramatta possession.
69 min: TRY
Parramatta have points! Hayne is away but he's caught by Moltzen. Ryan with a determined run, beats Lawrence and has a try. Burt with the conversion, converts.
Wests Tigers 31-6
69 min: Penalty Eels, Tigers were offside.
70 min: Roberts throws it to the ground and it's gleefully accepted. Reddy though spills it to give Parramatta another chance.
72 min: TRY
Simple overlap finds Willie Tonga over in the corner for the Eels second try. Burt converts again.
Wests Tigers 31-12
VIDEO REFEREE: Ken Sio might have a try.
74 min: NO TRY! Sio bounced it.
75 min: Marginal forward pass from the Tigers, they've switched off.
77 min: TRY
Denied before but you can't deny that one, Ken Sio strolls in after Lote Tuiqiri goes walkabout. Burt converts.
Wests Tigers 31-18
79 min: TRY Media Mantarays
Stepping close to the line gets Jarryd Hayne over with not long left. Burt converts.
Wests Tigers 31-24
80 min: TRY
Where was this all game! Parramatta make another break, Cheyse Blair into the clear and beats Moltzen to score in the corner. Burt from out wide, converts.
Wests Tigers 31-30