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Fulltime score: Round 20 Wests Tigers 42 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 20
Match summary: Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah scored a hat-trick of tries to help his side create history with their 42-20 victory over South Sydney in the NRL clash at a packed Leichhardt Oval this afternoon
Wests Tigers recorded a fourth consecutive victory for the first time in the joint venture club's history.
Another milestone was passed on Sunday when a ground record crowd of 22,877 filed into Leichhardt Oval to watch the Tigers smash a listless Souths in a first half blitz.
Ground officials had to close the gates before kick-off as a few adventurous fans climbed a rooftop overlooking the field to see the action.
It was a disappointing performance from the Rabbitohs, who were coming off gutsy wins over North Queensland and Cronulla.
Halfback Scott Prince was superb for the Tigers, grabbing a 10 minute try when Souths skipper Ashley Harrison was in the sin-bin for a professional foul, and creating an earlier four-pointer for centre Shane Elford.
Farah crossed twice in the opening half as the home side raced to a 24-0 lead.
Rabbitohs five-eighth John Sutton and centre Luke MacDougall scored tries either side of the break to narrow the gap to 24-10.
But a long-range try to Tigers back-rower Liam Fulton in the 56th minute extended his side's lead to 30-10.
MacDougall bagged his double in the 65th minute before tries to Farah (69m) and Pat Richards (78m) blew out the scoreline.
Scorers: WESTS TIGERS 42 Tries: Farah 3, Elford, Prince, Fulton, Richards Goals: Hodgson (7/8)
STH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 20 Tries: MacDougall 2, Sutton, Polglaise Goals: Champion (2/2) Watts (0/2)
Leichhardt Oval Referee: Russell Smith Crowd: 22,877 Halftime: 24-6 Tigers
Live commentary: 0 min: Kick off at a packed Leichhardt Oval!
5 min: TRY - Tigers Shane Elford scores. No conversion. Tigers 4 - 0 Souths.
10 min: SIN BIN - Ashley Harrison.
11 min: TRY - Tigers Scott Prince scores. Hodgson converts. Tigers 10 - 0 Souths.
14 min: PENALTY GOAL - Tigers Brett Hodgson kicks a penalty goal. Tigers 12 - 0 Souths.
19 min: The Tigers are breaking the line at will at the moment.
22 min: TRY - Tigers Dynamic hooker Robbie Farah scores. Hodgson converts. Tigers 18 - 0 Souths.
28 min: TRY - Tigers Robbie Farah grabs a double. Hodgson converts. Tigers 24 - 0 Souths.
40 min: TRY - Rabbitohs John Sutton scores just on half time. Champion converts. Tigers 24 - 6 Souths.
HALF TIME: The Tigers have torn the Rabbitohs defence to shreds, 9 line breaks to 1, the Tigers are playing like the Globetrotters. Missed tackles are Souths 24, Tigers 17 - so the Tigers are still up to their old defensive tricks. The Sutton try on half time keeps the game somewhat interesting.
40 min: The second half kicks off!
44 min: TRY - Rabbitohs Luke MacDougall scores for the Bunnies. Conversion hits the crossbar. Tigers 24 - 10 Souths.
54 min: Overall possession now favouring the Rabbitohs.
59 min: TRY - Tigers Liam Fulton races 60 metres to score under the posts. Hodgson converts. Tigers 30 - 10 Souths.
66 min: TRY - Rabbitohs Luke MacDougall picks up a double. Conversion missed. Tigers 30 - 14 Souths.
70 min: TRY - Tigers Robbie Farah scores a hat trick. Conversion kicked by Hodgson. Tigers 36 - 14 Souths.
77 min: TRY - Rabbitohs Todd Polglaise scores. Champion converts. Tigers 36 - 20 Souths.
79 min: TRY - Tigers Pat Richards scores out wide, Hodgson converts. Tigers 42 - 20 Souths.
FULL TIME: The Tigers have won 4 in a row, crushing the Rabbitohs 42-20 at Leichhardt Oval, in front of 22,877 people.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - R Farah (Tigers) 2 - J Skandalis (Tigers) 1 - D Fitzhenry (Tigers) -----------------------------------------