Warriors deal blow to Tigers finals chances

The New Zealand Warriors faced the Wests Tigers at the Sydney Cricket Ground as both sides looked to work themselves into the top-eight come the end of the season.

Five minutes into the game, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck knocked the ball on in the play-the-ball after a big tackle from Harry Grant.

This allowed the Tigers to attack from a ten-metre scrum and after the tackles right, they shifted the ball left out to Luciano Leilua, who offloaded to Moses Mbye in support to run around and score under the posts.

A line break from Adam Doueihi followed by a quick play-the-ball from Luke Garner caught the Warriors offside, which meant the home side could attack once more.

On tackle two, Adam Doueihi threw a long spin pass out the David Nofoaluma, who caught the ball above his head, and after catching his balance, and keeping himself in the field of play and came around the in-goal and dotted own for an easier kick.

In the 15th minute, Luke Garner wrapped up Tuivasa-Sheck who offloaded backwards and was then left behind by the full-back once again as Garner picked the ball back up t score.

However, the second-rower knocked the ball on after the first offload.

Minutes later, the Tigers were caught napping by Karl Lawton, as he picked the ball up from dummy-half and accelerated quickly to the try line and crashed over to pull the deficit back.

Kodi Nikorima converted to make it 8-6.

The game was soon tied up after a penalty from Nikorima, as Benji Marshall was penalised for a ball strip.

With the game swinging in the balance as the half-time break approached, the Tigers took a bit more control of the game after some ill-discipline from the Warriors.

Marshall shifted the ball out to Sam McIntyre who dummied, to send Jack Hetherington the wrong way, stepped back inside and slid over.

Marshall converted for a six-point lead.

HALF-TIME: Wests Tigers 14-8 New Zealand Warriors

The Warriors started the second half the brighter as they forced multiple repeat sets.

After six minutes of peppering the Tigers line, Peta Hiku cam back across the grain and crashed over Douiehi, Shawn Blore and Chris Lawrence to score.

With around an hour gone, the Warriors were once again searching for a try to take the lead.

Hiku found himself with plenty of room on the left-hand edge, but with Doueihi covering across knew he would have to be quick to ground the ball, but managed to do so to give the Warriors a four-point advantage.

Nikorima again converted to make it 14-20.

Minutes later, the visitors found themselves crossing yet again.

A high bomb from Blake Green was grabbed by Adam Pompey above Doueihi and offloaded to Tohu Harris to score with no Tigers players around him.

Despite trailing by 12, the Tigers were looking to get back into the game, and after another knock-on from Tuivasa-Sheck inside his own 10-metre line, Wests attacked from the scrum.

Marshall picked the ball up at first receiver a few tackles later, and looped a pass over to Tommy Talau, who stepped past Patrick Herbert and dived over to score.

Mbye converted to cut the deficit back to six points.

In the final minute, the Tigers had the ball in hand and looked to break down the right edge.

Unfortunately, Chris Lawrence’s offload to Nofoaluma went straight into touch.

FULL-TIME: Wests Tigers 20-26 New Zealand Warriors


Wests Tigers

Doueihi, Nofoaluma, Lawrence, Mbye, Talau, Walters, Marshall, Aloiai, Grant, Clark,  Garner, Leilua, Twal

Interchanges: McIntyre, Mikaele, Brooks, Blore

Tries: Mbye, Nofoaluma, Talau

Goals: Mbye (1/2), Doueihi (0/1), Marshall (1/1)

New Zealand Warriors

Tuivasa-Sheck, Herbert, Pompey, Hiku, Jennings, Nikorima, Green, Taunoa-Brown, Lawton, Hetherington, Katoa, Harris, Tevaga

Interchanges: Egan, Blair, Alvaro, Burr

Tries: Lawton, Hiku (2), Harris

Goals: Nikorima (5/5)

Referee: P. Gough

Touch Judges: P. Henderson, B. Sharpe

Video Referee: B.Galea

Image Source: @NRL (Twitter)

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