Tigers Flog Broncos at Leichhardt

The Wests Tigers looked to bounce back from two defeats on the bounce, as they welcomed the Brisbane Broncos to the Leichhardt Oval for the first time in 17 years.

The opening stages of the game were even between the two sides as they both looked to work their way into the game.

A knock-on from Richard Kennar gave the Tigers a midfield scrum from just 10-metres out.

The Broncos were offside from the scrum but the referee plated on and Harry Grant took advantage as he spread the ball right through three sets of hands to David Nofoaluma who slid over in the corner.

The Tigers began to take control of the game following this try, and in the 15th minute, Harry Grant picked the ball up from dummy-half, showed the ball to the Broncos defence and ran inside Ben Te’o to score.

Just before the 20-minute mark, Benji Marshall kicked a beautiful 40/20 to within inches of the try-line.

This allowed Wests to attack once more but unfortunately, Billy Walters knocked on as he looked to break the line, and the Broncos were relieved.

That wouldn’t stop the home side though, as Walters made up for his error with a beautiful short ball for Luciano Leiluato crash over.

In the 25th minute, Benji Marshall seemed to score out of nowhere after Jamayne Isaako knocked the ball on in a tackle, and the half-back picked up the loose ball and score a fourth try.

With 6 minutes to go until the break, the Broncos attempted a short goal-line drop-out, which was grabbed by Leilua, he then twisted out of the tackle of Xavier Coates and Brodie Croft and strolled over down the left edge.

HALF-TIME: Wests Tigers 26-0 Brisbane Broncos

The Tigers dominance continued in the early stages of the second half.

Marshall was key, as he held onto the ball to suck in the Broncos defence, and popped the ball out the back to Luke Garner, who beat Isaako on the outside to score.

It took Wests just five minutes to grab another. This time Sam McIntyre was the recipient of David Nofoaluma’s kick through for his first NRL try.

With 26 minutes still to go, Benji Marshall kicked high, which was then kicked ahead on the volley by Billy Walters and the half-back chased ahead and grounded the ball ahead of the covering Broncos defenders to score.

With 16 minutes remaining, Corey Oates was tackled close to the line, and pick up a broken leg after making hard contact with the floor.

After a quiet spell for both sides, the Tigers search for 50-points continued.

Marshall again collected the ball at first receiver, and a simple pass to Garner was enough for the second-rower to beak through Anthony Milford and Darius Boyd to pick up try number nine.

The Broncos looked to go close in the final minute, but the Tigers held firm again and managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in 190 games.

FULL-TIME: Wests Tigers 48-0 Brisbane Broncos


Wests Tigers

Doueihi, Nofoaluma, Lawrence, Mbye, Talau, Walters, Marshall, Aloiai, Grant, Packer, Garner, Leilua, Aisenhuth

Interchanges: McIntyre, Mikaele, Brooks, McQueen

Tries: Nofoaluma, Grant, Leilua (2), Marshall, Garner (2), McIntyre, Walters

Goals: Mbye (6/9)

Brisbane Broncos

Niu, Isaako, Boyd, Kennar, Coates, Milford, Croft, Pangai Junior, Luke, Haas, Te’o, Oates, Carrigan

Interchanges: Paix, Flegler, Hopoate, Ofahengaue



Referee: A. Gee

Touch Judges: Z. Prezejlasa-Adamski, T. Roby

Video Referee: B. Norrie

Image Source: @NRL (Twitter)

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