Five things we learned from Tigers v Warriors

Five things we learned from Tigers v Warriors Written by SHAYNE BUGDEN, March 5, 2016

THE Tigers held off a monster comeback from the Warriors to secure a 34-26 victory in a scintillating game at Campbelltown. Here are the five things RLW learned: 

1. Wests got off to a brilliant start that included a miracle ball from Chris Lawrence to Kyle Lovett for a try. They were helped by some silly penalties given away by the Warriors. There weren’t many full sets of six in the first 20 minutes thanks to mistakes and a busy referee who made some dubious calls. But make no mistake, the Warriors were flat-out awful in the first 40.

2. Wests might have scored the two best tries of the year so far. After a Mitchell Moses chip kick fizzled near the middle of the field, he threw a sweet long ball to Kevin Naiqama who grubbered it into the in-goal for Tedesco to ground. The crowd erupted – and rightfully so. Just before the half Tim Simona stepped past an awful attempted tackle by Tuivasa-Sheck to finish an 80-metre effort started by a great run by David Nofoaluma.

3. Mitchell Moses had a huge first half, setting up tries and line breaks and looking very dangerous with most of his touches. It bodes well for Wests, who get his suspended halves partner Luke Brooks back for the match against Manly next Monday. Tim Simona was also among the Tigers’ best, ditto Aaron Woods, who was, as usual, a rock for them in the middle and got through a stack of work.

4. After an entirely forgettable first half, the Warriors threw a huge scare into Wests, racking up 22 in the second stanza. They had a pop-gun attack early but turned that around with some long breaks and Shaun Johnson gold to shake their opponents. A late try to Tedesco sealed it, but there was a period when Wests looked very vulnerable.

5. This could’ve been a nightmare for NZ. Had their second half been anything like their first, fans would’ve been wondering what all the pre-season hype was about. Their new spine didn’t fire, they were often disjointed in attack and their defence, especially on the left, was shown up. Manu Vatuvei had an especially bad time of it. The Tigers’ fans will be happy to see how their boys went without two of their best in Farah and Brooks.

Tigers 34 (Tedesco 2, Sironen, Lovett, Nofoaluma, Simona tries; Moses 5 goals) beat Warriors 26 (Kata 2, Mannering, Thompson, Johnson tries; Lolohea 3 goals)

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