Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tiger Threat Extinguished

The Wests Tigers 2011 premiership aspirations were extinguished at the hands of the inconsistent New Zealand Warriors who scored in the dying minutes to win 22-20. The Tigers led 18-6 at half-time and looked well in control of a Warriors team that threatened little and had body language bordering victim-status. If the Warriors were a Facebook status, it would have been likely to have read " Oh woe is me, why can't you give the ball to me", as the Tigers dominated field position and possession. The Warriors were better than last week in the first half, but let themselves down with their defensive urgency, especially noted in Robbie Farrah try, where he just dived over from dummy-half, in a sea of half-interested Warriors.

The Warriors came back in the second half, but the Tigers still appeared to have the measure. The Tigers had led all game, and it seemed that they would hold on to progress to a showdown with Melbourne. That was until the 78th minute where a high ball, knocked around by Tim Moltzen and Lote Tuquir, fell into the hands of Warriors Krisnan Inu, who untouched reach over and planted the ball. The video ref's TRY ruling killed off the Tigers for 2011.

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