Wests Tigers vs Warriors, live updates, SuperCoach scores, video, Luciano Leilua tryout, Bunker, Luke Brooks, Reece Walsh
The Warriors managed to hold on, beating the Tigers 16-12, after winger Marcelo Montoya was sent to the trash can with just ten minutes left in the game.
The Tigers threw everything they had at the New Zealand side but couldn’t cross for the win against a depleted defensive line, but Maguire’s men will come back to a key moment.
Luciano Leilua appeared to have scored on a grubber from Luke Brooks, but referee Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski dismissed it without checking the play with the Bunker.
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MATCH CENTRE: Tigers vs Warriors live scores, updates, video
“This one here from the side, hand on the ball…this angle, I’m saying four points,” Warren Smith said during Fox League coverage.
“Given how often we send things back to the bunker…it’s amazing that it hasn’t been reviewed.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield also thought the Bunker should have been involved.
Earlier, James Tamou opened the scoring for Maguire’s side, thanks to a nice inside ball from Jock Madden, but minutes later the Warriors hit back with a try of their own.
Marcelo Montoya flew high, sending the ball back for Euan Aitken to collect and score in the corner.
Adam Pompey then scored the Warriors’ second goal before Zane Musgrove crossed for the Tigers on the stroke of halftime.
The only points of the second half came from Reece Walsh’s boot as the Warriors edged out a narrow victory.
The Tigers failed to complete their last four sets of six while trying to get on the scoreboard and register their first victory of 2022.
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ENGLISH IMPORT FINDING YOUR FEET
Oliver Gildart was strong in the Tigers’ poor showing on Friday night after a shaky start to his career in Australia.
The 25-year-old left the English Super League’s Wigan Warriors alongside playmaker Jackson Hastings, proving why the Tigers signed him against the Warriors.
In the first round, Gildart was solid, going 102 yards with three tackle breaks, but like the rest of his team he struggled in the second round.
Gildart managed just 87 yards, with three missed tackles in his team’s 26-4 loss to the Knights.
The center rebounded against the Warriors, recording 177 yards of running with five tackle breaks in his team’s 16-12 third-round loss.
England imports are usually slow to find their feet in the NRL, with the pace of the Australian top flight different to that of the Super League, but Gildart provided much of the Tigers’ attacking threat on Friday night.
The Tigers rookie made two late mistakes that only came from trying to create something for his team that was attacking against 12 men.
Gildart was clearly doing his best to try to record points for his team, which Tigers fans can ask for as the Tigers start the 2022 season with three losses.
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YOUNG WARRIORS MEET COACH DEMANDS
The Warriors narrowly lost to the Titans in a close second-round encounter.
Coach Nathan Brown has called on his team to improve dramatically after a “poor” performance, singling out their young outside backs for their simple mistakes.
“Our start to the game, our two edges – the first two tries, they played balls slow, it was really poor. Not good enough if you want to win games,” Brown said at the press conference. Titans postgame.
“We don’t try to develop players anymore, we want to win bloody football matches. It was not acceptable. Not a good enough start.
“Obviously a good effort to get back in the game, and up front again like we did last week, but then we had two young outside backs who dropped the ball with the line wide open purely and simply because that they didn’t go deep enough. Again not acceptable,” Brown said.
“Not now with where we want to be as a football club. Really disappointing.
“Whether you deserve to win or not… you get the ball with no one in front of you, you catch it, put it down and score. We had two blatant ones. They took everything they created, to their credit.
“We have talented young players, they need to understand the consequences of not getting it right…it costs you games and it depresses us all.”
Brown’s young outside backs proved the difference on Friday, with the Warriors’ two tries coming from point guards and Reece Walsh kicking five from five attempts.
In the final stages, winger Marcelo Montoya was sent to the trash, holding Jock Madden to stop a certain try.
It proved a masterstroke as the Warriors were able to hold their own in the final ten minutes, defending with just 12 players.
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TIGERS DON’T RESPOND TO CRITICISM
Much has been made of the Tigers’ early season performance after a dismal display against the Knights in the second inning.
The Tigers showed shades of quality against the Storm in the first round but again failed to draw against the Warriors, continuing their winless record.
Michael Maguire’s side lacked any real threat in attack and sloppy errors cost them tries, penalties being the difference as Reece Walsh scored a pair of twos to edge his side 16-12.
Before the game, Fox League’s Corey Parker called on the Tigers to step in and deliver amidst the noise.
“They have to take 100% responsibility for their personal pride and performance because that’s all you can control,” Parker said.
“The more they lose, the louder the noise gets.
“So either they rip the band-aid off and move on, or they put on a performance instead of throwing out the rubbish that we’ve seen for the first two weeks.
“You can train as hard as you want in the summer…and they show up and they’re poor in the areas that absolutely don’t require any talent.”
Fox League’s Benji Marshall also called on Brooks to rally his troops, but was unable to deliver as his team looked disorganized and lackluster on offense.
“If I’m Luke, I’d take care of my forwards and make sure they run as hard as they can and play the ball fast so I take the pressure off a bit,” Marshall said on Fox League.
“Then all the guys around me, I put you in positions where I need you to be, but the key is effort.
“He just needs to get all the boys together and say ‘as a team, let’s do this together’ and that will help solve a lot of problems because at the moment they are doing a lot individually.”
Despite the loss, Tigers fans will be delighted that their team showed glimpses of heart and desire, ultimately failing to claim victory late in the second half.
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