The stars of the future have been on show at ANZ Stadium, with the Wests Tigers scoring an emphatic 46-18 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs in front of 22,000 fans.
The game was started at a frantic pace with the Tigers going 100m in their opening set only for the Bulldogs to return fire with their own 80m set which lead to points for Krisnan Inu after a Bulldogs set piece.
The Tigers then raced downfield in the ensuing set from the kick off and after getting a repeat set Keith Lulia got the first of his foursome following a set play.
Ten minutes later, the Bulldogs were able to hit back when Trent Hodkinson showed everyone why he's an origin halfback with some magic skill to set up Tim Lafai to score in the corner.
The Bulldogs then looked like they were going to be the first team to take some control of the match when off the back of a penalty and a beautiful set piece Corey Thompson scored and following the conversion the Bulldogs were back in front.
Just like previous occasions the Tigers were able to hit back this time when Keith Lulia bagged his second try off the match off another well worked set piece, this time Mitchell Moses couldn't convert and the score remained at 18-16 until halftime.
The second half couldn't have got off to a worse start for the Bulldogs, when Mitch Brown dropped a Sam Kasiano offload, this gave the Tigers the perfect opportunity to start a second half blitz, which they obligingly took through Keith Lulia who grabbed his third.
From there, the Tigers were able to run roughshod over the Bulldogs defence through their young guns Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Blake Austin who were bursting through a Bulldogs defensive line at every opportunity.
Keith Lulia provided the best try of the day when he was able to do everything to keep himself in the field of play and get the ball down despite the attention of the Bulldogs defence to get his fourth try of the match.
From there the Tigers were able to score at will with easy tries coming to Curtis Sironen, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods & James Gavet, all of which were set up by some great skill from the Tigers young guns which left the Bulldogs guessing in defence.
Next weekend, both sides return to ANZ Stadium, with the Tigers hosting the St George Illawarra Dragons meanwhile the Bulldogs are at home to the North Queensland Cowboys.
Wests Tigers 46 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Halftime Score: Wests Tigers 16 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Mitchell Moses
2 points - Blake Austin
1 point - Keith Lulia
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Play underway at ANZ Stadium, Tigers with first possession
2: WHAT A START - Tigers go 100m in the opening set and Pat Richards goes in for the corner but ruled to have lost the ball in grounding it
3: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Krisnan Inu. Kick to come.
Too much speed and skill from the Bulldogs sees them go 80m upfield of the 20m tap & its Krisnan Inu who scores out in the corner
5: Ok, so now the Tigers attack now after Mitch Brown loses the ball off the kick off & it goes dead
8: PENALTY TIGERS: Greg Eastwood penalised for making a second effort in the tackle
14: Tigers try a blindslide play but passes go astray and Bulldogs get it back
18: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Kick to come.
A beautiful little kick from Trent Hodkinson catches out the Tigers defence and then some soft hands from Hodkinson & Jackson sees Tim Lafai cross out wide
20: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Bulldogs get over halfway but get a penalty too help them further up-field with the Tigers inside the 10
20: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Corey Thompson. Kick to come.
Another beautiful set piece this time from the Bulldogs catches the Tigers defence napping and Corey Thompson scores in the corner
24: First real mistake in attack by either side with Hodkinson putting the kick too deep
25: PENALTY TIGERS: Trent Hodkinson penalised for a dangerous tackle
30: Luke Brooks puts a kick in back towards the ingoal and gets it to hit the upright but Bulldogs are awake to the kick
35: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Corey Thompson makes an unforced error.
After having to defend their own end, the Bulldogs go upfield but a strange kick from Hodkinson is knocked on by Corey Thompson
40: Half Time at ANZ Stadium - its the Bulldogs leading 18-16
40: Bulldogs back on the field for the second half
45: PENALTY TIGERS: Bulldogs too slow leaving the tackle, thats the fifth penalty for the Tigers
46: Anti-climatic end to the set with Blake Austin going himself on the last but Bulldogs awake to it
48: PENALTY BULLDOGS: Blake Austin mistimes a tap-on for the ball & collects the Bulldogs player high
48: PENALTY TIGERS: Bulldogs penalised for being offside
52: PENALTY TIGERS: Another penalty for a dangerous tackle this afternoon
63: Back to back penalties against the Tigers both for strips
65: Hodkinson decides to go across field with the kick but Pat Richards takes it in goal comfortably
66: Tigers go across field with the kick in attack but Keith Lulia in batting the ball back has his foot on the line so its out on the full
74: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Martin Taupau makes an unforced error.
Martin Tapau ruled to have lost the ball in trying to catch the short kickoff
74: NO TRY the ruling - Michael Ennis ruled to have held the marker
76: Bulldogs lose the ball trying some desperate play late in this oneLike