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The Hobart Tigers defeated the Launceston Warriors 34 to 22 in the match of the round of the state wide Tasmanian Rugby League at University Oval on Saturday.
In appalling conditions, the Tigers scored first after a typical block busting run by man of the match, Polo Pua.
The slippery conditions and persistent rain made ball handling difficult. Both sides failed to adapt to the conditions and over ambitious passing resulted in a lot of dropped ball early in the tackle counts.
The Tigers took a slender lead into half time, with Coach, Sunia Ma’afu shaking his head in disappointment at his teams lack of ball control.
Warriors forward, Pita Kio, broke the Tigers defence regularly in the second half exposing a weakness other sides will be looking to exploit in coming matches. Halves, Jerry Kylea and James Erwin also had strong games for the Warriors.
In the end, the Tigers explosive backline proved too much for the Warriors with Pua running in three tries. He was well supported by prop Tealea Lauti, and AFL convert, Tim Moore, who had a strong game on the wing.
In the other match, the South Hobart Storm notched up consecutive wins with a punishing 64 to 4 win over the North West Coast Titans.
The Storm backline obliterated the Titans with TK Tamaariki-Amosa putting in a masterful performance at five eighth. He was well supported by Cole Ikin, and Cyron Prouse, while full back, Shaun Kober continued on from last week’s game against the Warriors, running in some impressive tries. But the dominating factor was Tamaariki-Amosa who is looking better each week now that the Storm forwards are giving him the time and space to weave his magic.
The Titans tried hard but simply could not control a Storm Team that is looking more confident every week. Best players for the Titans were Dean Chalmers, Adam Pandelis, and Adam Bailey.