Tigers give Bulldogs another close loss in sloppy performance

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Wests Tigers 14 defeat Caturbury Bankstown Bulldogs 10.
Match Review:
This was game hyped around many ex teammates playing against eachother as well as the Marshall brothers going head to head for the first time. We have Josh Reynolds and Corey Thompson taking on their old Bulldogs outfit, Aaron Woods and Jeremy Marshall-King going up against their old Tigers mates, Jeremy also taking on big brother Benji Marshall, and soon to be Tiger Moses Mbye taking on his future teammates.
The game started in a dim manner with the Tigers dropping the ball early, and Bulldogs not taking advantage of the possession. However the Bulldogs were able to take an early lead when a through the hands play sent winger Brett Morris over for the opening try of the game. The Bulldogs were then able to extend the lead off a penalty goal to set them up nicely to start the game. The next 15 of the game was full of Tigers errors and a lack of direction from the Bulldogs. Despite the huge territory dominance, the communication for the Dogs led to two straight last tackle turnovers and took pressure off the Tigers defence.
The Tigers were able to get back into the game when winger Corey Thompson went over thanks to an amazing Benji Marshall cut out pass across the face of three defenders. The Tigers were then able to turn the momentum around but quickly handed it back by gifting the Bulldogs another penalty goal to take their lead out to 10-4 going into half time.
The second half start was a continuation of the first half for the Bulldogs. Some great attacking plays and field position but the fifth tackle options killing them once again and keeping the Tigers in this game despite their shocking completion rate. The Tigers were able to get their chance in the 50th minute however, and off the back of a repeat set, a through the hands play sent Tigers winger David Nofoaluma over in the corner to bring the Tigers to life.
With roughly 15 minutes remaining, the Tigers took their first lead of the game when Esan Marsters flew through the defensive line in his own half, link up with Tui Lolohea who then found Luke Brooks, and on the next play a grubber in goal by Lolohea was dived on by Chris Lawrence.
With only 12 odd minutes to go, the intensity picked up with the Tigers having a few chances to close the game out, and the Dogs had a few opportunities to tie the game up or steal it. The Tigers were able to steal the game and remain in the top 8 mid way through the season.
Stonecold's Player Of The Game: Esan Marsters (Tigers)
Wests Tigers:
30' Corey Thompson (Try)
52' David Nofoaluma (Try)
66' Chris Lawrence (Try)
67' Esan Marsters (Conversion)
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs:
9' Brett Morris (Try)
10' Moses Mbye (Conversion)
16' Moses Mbye (Penalty Goal)
36' Moses Mbye (Penalty Goal)


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