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The Wests Tigers have renewed hopes that this year will be the year they break their finals duck with a 56-6 demolition of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in front of a ground record crowd at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon.
It was a day where everything went right for the Tigers and everything went wrong for the Rabbitohs and this was evident when the Tigers went to halftime with a 34-6 lead.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first half with the Tigers scoring four more tries including a hat trick to winger Jason Moodie and a double to interchange player Dene Halatau.
For the Tigers everyone played well with Scott Prince and Brett Hodgson popping up everywhere and Jason Moodie being the main beneficiary.
For the Rabbitohs today's loss is only the beginning of their problems as they lost Shane Walker (Concussion) and Shane Rigon (Knee) to injury.
Scorers: WESTS TIGERS 56 Tries: Moodie 3, Halatau 2, Senter, Fitzhenry, Richards, Sattler, Mears Goals: Hodgson 8/10 RABBITOHS 6 Tries: Fletcher Goals: Williams 1/1
By the clock: It is a beautiful Sunday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Leichhardt Oval.
0 min: Kick Off
4 min: Try-Tigers: Tigers captain Darren Senter barges over from dummy half to score in his final game at Leichhardt Oval. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 6-0.
9 min: Try-Rabbitohs: Rabbitohs captain Bryan Fletcher scores under the posts after Tigers halfback Scott Prince makes a mess of a cross field grubber from Owen Craigie. Joe Williams is successful with the conversion. 6 all.
13 min: Try-Tigers: Tigers centre Daniel Fitzhenry finishes off a good backline movement to put the Tigers back into the lead. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 12-6.
16 min: Try-Tigers: Ex-Eel Pat Richards scores in the corner after the Tigers pass the ball like a hot potato. Brett Hodgson is unsuccessful with the conversion. Tigers 16-6.
21 min: News: The Tigers are totally tearing the Rabbitohs defence to shreds.
22 min: News: Rabbitohs second rower Mark Minichiello bombs a possible Rabbitohs try when an attempted pass to Shane Walker goes to ground.
26 min: Try-Tigers: Jason Moodie jumps over John Sutton and Garth Wood to catch a Scott Prince cross field bomb to score his 8th try of the year. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 22-6.
32 min: News: Pat Richards bombs a try by pushing Lee Hookey while he was in the air while attempting to catch a kick.
33 min: News: Nothing is going right for the Rabbitohs.
34 min: Try-Tigers: Scott Sattler gets on the scorer's sheet in his 200th first grade game after a Scott Prince grubber kick deflected off Rabbitohs 5/8th Owen Craigie. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 28-6.
37 min: News: Rabbitohs centre John Sutton is denied a try by the video referee after he rules that interchange player Justin Smith is guilty of obstruction.
38 min: News: Rabbitohs hooker Shane Walker is down in back play with concussion.
40 min: Try-Tigers: Interchange player Dene Halatau scores with just seconds remaining in the 1st half after backing up a break down the sideline by winger Pat Richards. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 34-6.
Halftime Report: It has been a golden first half for the Tigers who are wearing the old Balmain jerseys from the 1980's. It will take an absolute miracle for the Rabbitohs to come back from here.
47 min: Try-Tigers: The points avalanche continues as Dene Halatau reaches out to score his second try after some smart lead up work from veteran Scott Sattler. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 40-6.
49 min: News: The Rabbitohs are down to 2 interchange players with Shane Walker (concussion) and Shane Rigon (Knee) not returning to the field.
52 min: News: The Tigers have beaten their attendance record at Leichhardt Oval with a crowd of 19402.
54 min: Try-Tigers: Robert Mears scores under the posts after he puts in a grubber kick that rebounded off a Rabbitohs player. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion. Tigers 46-6.
58 min: Try-Tigers: Jason Moodie scores in the corner to bring up the half century for the Tigers after some nice lead up work from Scott Prince and Daniel Fitzhenry. Brett Hodgson is successful with the conversion from the sideline. Tigers 52-6.
65 min: News: Pat Richards bombs a possible Tigers try after he decides to take the tackle on the 6th tackle and ingnoring the support on his left.
71 min: Try-Tigers: Jason Moodie scores in the corner to bring up his hat trick after being in the right place at the right time after Brett Hodgson made a 60 metre break. Hodgson is unsuccessful with the conversion. Tigers 56-6.
Fulltime Report: In an outstanding display of Rugby League the Wests Tigers have put their hands up for what will be a maiden top 8 appearence. For the Rabbitohs it was just one of those days when nothing went their way. ----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - S Prince (Tigers) 2 - B Hodgson (Tigers) 1 - J Moodie (Tigers) -----------------------------------------