|Eagles smash Tigers at Brooky
A first half
tryscoring blitz has helped the Northern Eagles down the
Wests Tigers 42-18 at Brookvale Oval.
The Eagles scored six tries in the first half, and from
then on the Tigers held little menace for the Manly side.
Centre Ben McDougall scored a hat trick of tries and
Lenny Beckett bagged two,while Northern captain Steve
Menzies grabbed a four pointer in his return to the side
from Blues State of Origin duties.
The win moves the Eagles into the National Rugby League
top eight at the expense of St George Illawarra, who were
beaten 34-13 by the Sharks last night.
Wests, who have now lost five matches in succession,
cling to their position inside the NRL top eight, eleven
points behind league leaders the Bulldogs.
After dominating early possession a break by 100 gamer
Albert Torrens created the opportunity for the Eagles
first try. Wests sat back on their own tryline, and gave
McDougall the opportunity to crash over past some weak
defence by the Tigers.
Former Raider Luke Williamson added the extras, to make
the lead 6-0 after eight minutes.
The Eagles kept venturing forward, and after a knock on
by Wests fullback Joel Caine gave them successive sets of
six, they looked to go further ahead with a try to front
rower Danny Lima. The video referee ruled against
Northern though, believing that Lima made a double
Soon after the no-try, Northern bounced back forward and
scored their second try. This time Wade Forrester was on
the end of some wonderful ball movement, dummying past
Kevin McGuinness and crossing in the corner.
Williamson couldnt convert from the touchline, but
the Eagles were ahead 10-0 after just 18 minutes.
The Tigers then buckled further, the rampaging Eagles
laying on three exciting tries in the next ten minutes.
First Menzies crashed over past some Tigers ordinary
defence, the skipper benefiting from a bruising
cross-field run by winger John Hopoate. Then two minutes
later hooker Jamie Goddard scored under the posts after a
miraculous flick pass from Mal Kaufusi found Brendon
Reeves in support.
McDougall then crossed out in the corner for his double,
opening up a commanding 26-0 lead for the home side with
ten minutes left before the break.
Just before halftime, Northern put the game away for
good, Lenny Beckett streaking over for the converted try
to give the Eagles an unassailable 32-0 lead after 40
A lot of sting went out of the game for the Eagles after
the break. They found it hard to be as intense with a
32-0 lead on the scoreboard.
The Eagles were stung into action though after a
converted try by Wests Five eighth Matt Seers put the
Tigers on the scoreboard. Beckett grabbed his double to
make the lead 36-6 before the Tigers scored two more
consolation tries to halfback Ben Jeffries and second
rower Steve Crouch.
With little time left on the clock, McDougall was
rewarded for his pwerhous game with a hat trick of tries,
converted by Williamson to make the final score 42-18 in
favour of the Northern Eagles.
Wests have now lost five in a row, and the pressure is on
coach Terry Lamb to turn their faltering season around
42 (Tries: MacDougall 3, Beckett 2, Goddard,
Forrester, Menzies. Goals: Williamson 5/8)
Wests Tigers: 18 (Tries: Seers, Jeffries, Crouch.
Goals: Caine 3/3)
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