Topsy turvy Tigers defeat rocky Roosters

THE Wests Tigers have comeback from a half time deficit to defeat the Sydney Roosters 19-12 in front of a 10,178 crowd at Leichhardt.

After a scrappy start from both sides, the Tigers drew were the first to get on the scoreboard when Benji Marshall kicked a penalty goal in the in the 16th minute.

The Tigers continued to dominate posession on the back of Roosters' penalties and errors and Beau Ryan was over for a try only seven minutes later. Marshall added the extras to extend the homeside's lead to eight.

It was all the Tigers in the next passage of play as the Roosters continued to cough up the ball.

However the Roosters took control of the match in the final ten minutes off the half, some good field position on the back off a penalty saw BJ Leilua score in the corner in the 31st.

Another penalty to the Roosters in the 34th minute placed the Roosters in prime position again and Aidan Guerra muscled his way over the line. Todd Carney added the extras to extend his side's lead to four. 

The Roosters were over again through Jake Friend only fives minutes later but were denied the try after Friend was ruled to be offside by video referee Russell Smith.
 
The homeside were able capitalise on their opponents drop-a-thon in the 47th through Liam Fulton. Marshall added the extras to give the homeside a two-point lead.

The Tigers were over again five minutes later courtesy of some soft Roosters' defense and a clever pass from halfback Robert Lui which put Blake Ayshford over. Marshall missed the conversion on this occasion to keep the lead to six.

Brian Smith's side were given several opportunities to hit back in the final half hour of the match but struggled to complete their sets. 

The scoreboard attendant was finally put to work again in the 75th minute but it was the Tigers extending their lead after Marshall kicked a field goal for the home side.

The Roosters continued to bomb their chances in the dying minutes of the match and the Tigers were able to get away with an unconvincing win.

Match Details
Wests Tigers 19 defeated Sydney Roosters 12
National Rugby League - Round 20 - Saturday July 23, 2011 7:30pm
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Referee: Jason Robinson and Adam Devcich
Video Referee: Russell Smith
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Gavin Reynolds
Crowd: 10.178
Halftime: Wests Tigers 8 Sydney Roosters 12

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Benji Marshall (2 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal, 1 Field Goal)
2 Points - Liam Fulton (1 Try)
1 Point - Nate Myles

WESTS TIGERS (19)
Tries: Liam Fulton, Beau Ryan, Blake Ayshford
Field Goals: Benji Marshall (1/2)
Conversions: Benji Marshall (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Benji Marshall (1/1)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (12)
Tries: Aiden Guerra, Joseph Leilua
Conversions: Todd Carney (2/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good evening folks and welcome to Leichhardt for this round 20 clash between the West Tigers and Sydney Roosters.
We have decent conditions here at the moment for what is an important match for both sides.
A loss for the home side could see them crash out of the eight at the end of the round, where as the 15th placed Roosters will be desperate to end their season strongly, despite their finals hopes being over.
Both sides have made a late change to their bench. For the Tigers Mat Utai replaces Shane Flanaghan on the bench, for the Roosters Mose Masoe comes onto the bench in place of Arona.
1 min: Robinson blows time on and the match is underway.
5 min: Both teams have started the match well and have completed their first few sets.
7 min: Roosters are making great meters in their sets.
8 min: BJ Leilua knocks on 20 meters our from the Tigers' line on the last tackle. Opportunity gone begging there.
16 min: PENALTY GOAL
Braith Anasta is penalised for being inside the 10 and the Tigers go for the two. Benji has no problem kicking the penalty goal and the Tigers have the lead.
Wests Tigers 12-0
13 min: Jason Ryles is penalised for laying on a tackled player.
19 min: The Tigers will get another piggy out of their own half after Anthony Minichiello is penalised.
20 min: Line dropout for the Tigers after Minichiello is forced to take the ball dead after a Benji Marshall bomb.
21 min: Jared Waerea-Hargraves is penalised and the Tigers will get another chance to crack the Roosters.
23 min: TRY
A clever little kick by Benji Marshall is grounded by Beau Ryan and the Tigers extend their lead. Benji Marshall adds the extras to give his side and 8-point lead.
Wests Tigers 8-0
12 min: SKD knocks the ball on 20 out from the Tigers' line after making a nice break and being run down by the Tigers' defense. Had he passed to one of his teammates it could have been a try.
26 min: Goal line dropout for the Tigers after Nate Myles is forced to bat a Robbie Farrah kick dead.
28 min: Tigers lose the ball and the Chooks are off the hook.
31 min: TRY
BJ Leilua scores in the corner for the Roosters after a nice flick pass from his captain Braith Anasta. Todd Carney kicks the conversion from the sideline.
Wests Tigers 8-6
34 min: Tigers are penalised and the Roosters are on the attack again.
35 min: TRY
TRY! That's two tries on the back of penalties for the Chooks. Guerra muscles over the line after a nice short pass from Mitchell Pearce. Carney adds the extras again.
Sydney Roosters 12-8
37 min: The Roosters are dominating the Tigers all over the park at the moment.
39 min: Possible try to the Chooks.
39 min: No Try! Jake Friend grounded the ball from an offside position.
40 min: Soft defense from the Roosters and the Tigers are making some good meters up the field.
40 min: The Roosters work it out of their half as the full time siren goes and that's the first 40. The Roosters will go into the break with all the momentum after being down early after conceding some silly penalties and making several unforced errors.
41 min: Benji Marshall kicks off and the second half is underway.
43 min: Robbie Farah is penalised for stripping the ball in the Roosters' 20 to give the Roosters a piggyback out of their own half.
44 min: Mitchell Pearce knocks it on meters out from the Tigers line and the home side are off the hook.
45 min: Tigers will get some help up the field after Masoe concedes a penalty.
46 min: Tigers will get another six tackles only five meters out from the Roosters' line after SKD touches the ball.
47 min: TRY
Robert Lui cracks the Roosters' line open before throwing a pass to Liam Fulton who levels the scores. Marshall adds the extras to give the Tigers the lead.
Wests Tigers 14-12
52 min: TRY
Robert Lui throws a clever inside pass and Blake Ayshford strolls over to score. Marshall misses the conversion.
Wests Tigers 18-12
57 min: Line dropout for the Roosters after Tim Moltzen is forced to take a Leilua kick dead.
58 min: Braith Anasta loses the ball after receiving a poor pass from dummy half and the Tigers are off the hook.
61 min: SKD loses the ball from dummy half just inside the Tigers' half.
62 min: Robert Lui knocks the ball on over the line and the Roosters are lucky to get away with some poor goal line defense.
62 min: Now Linnett drops it for the Roosters on the last deep inside Tigers' territory.
63 min: Jason Ryles concedes his third penalty of the night, this time it's for a grapple tackle.
64 min: Marshall loses the ball on the second tackle just short of halfway.
65 min: Benji Marshall concedes a penalty for holding down a tackled play meters out from his own line.
65 min: Benji Marshall concedes a penalty for holding down a tackled play meters out from his own line.
65 min: Moltzen concedes a penalty to give the Roosters another six tackles only meters away from the tryline.
66 min: Carney loses the ball for the Chooks, the Roosters are their own worst enemies at the moment.
70 min: Carney loses the ball again, this time just short of halfway.
71 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
Benji Marshall attempts a field goal and it is waved away.
Wests Tigers 18-12
75 min: FIELD GOAL
Marshall has no problem kicking the field goal this time to extend his side's lead to more than a converted try.
Wests Tigers 19-12
77 min: Roosters are finally completing their sets but it's a little too late.
78 min: Anthony Mitchell knocks the ball on for the Chooks in good attacking position summing up the Roosters' second half.
79 min: Takairangi knocks it on for the Roosters this time 25 meters out.
80 min: Now the Tigers are following their opponents footsteps and failing to complete their sets.
80 min: That's the game folks. The Tigers will walk away with the two but it was far from a convincing win given the amount of errors from their opposition.

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