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NRL match review: Wests Tigers 46 Bulldogs 18

Scoreboard:

Wests Tigers 46

Tries: Keith Lulia (4), Bodene Thompson, Curtis Sironen, Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods, James Gavet.

Goals: Mitchell Moses (2/3), Blake Austin (0/2), Pat Richards (3/4)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18

Tries: Krisnan Inu, Tim Lafai, Corey Thompson.

Goals: Trent Hodkinson (3/3)

Match Review:

The Wests Tigers broke a two game losing streak with a convincing 46-18 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

In front of over 20,000 supporters, the Tigers blew the away side away with a 30-0 second half effort.

The game didn’t start as the Tigers hoped. Despite making a line break in an opening set, a break from Mitch Brown left the home side reeling when a shift from right to left found Krisnan Inu to score out wide.

Trent Hodkinson gave the visitors a 6-0 lead with his conversion.

The Tigers hit back not long after when a short ball from Blake Austin found Bodene Thompson who crashed over for the home sides first try.

Young fullback Mitchell Moses kicked his first conversion to tie the game at 6-6.

An error from Mitch Brown close to the line gave Wests a chance to take the lead and they took it as Moses found some space before finding Keith Lulia for his first of the afternoon.

Moses nailed the conversion from the sideline for a 12-6 lead.

The Bulldogs were next to score after some poor defence from the Tigers. A grubber and regather from Hodkinson found Josh Jackson who passed for an easy try for Tim Lafai.

The halfback added the extras from out wide for a 12-all game.

In the 22nd minute, the Bulldogs regained their lead after going through the hands and Corey Thompson scoring in the corner. Hodkinson converted again for an 18-12 lead.

Three minutes later Keith Lulia scored his second try from another assist by Moses.

The youngster couldn’t convert again this time as the Tigers trailed 18-16 at the interval.

The home side had a dream start after the break as an error from the kick-off saw an amazing try to Lulia after Moses tapped onto Lawrence who did the same for the try scorer.

Austin took over the kicking and missed a tough kick but the Tigers lead 20-18.

Mitchell Moses was in everything in the game and provided another assist when his pin-point kick found Curtis Sironen who fell onto the ball and rolled over the line.

Austin missed again to have Wests in a dangerous 24-18 lead.

An unbelievable try from Lulia, his fourth and best of the afternoon, extended the lead before Luke Brooks crossed from another try-assist from Moses.

Pat Richards regained his kicking duties and converted Brooks try to extend the lead to 34-18.

In the 71st minute, the Tigers put an exclamation mark on the result when Robbie Farah sent fellow Origin representative Aaron Woods over for a try close to the line.

Richards converted for an astonishing 40-18 lead.

With the final play of the game, former Bulldog James Gavet scored to send the Tigers home fans extremely happy.

Richards kicked a fairly simple conversion after the siren for dominant 46-18 victory.

Jake is a University of Wollongong student and one half of the 4 Pointers.

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