‘Special’ Tigers youngsters demolish the Dogs


In what was arguably their greatest efficiency of the season, wingers David Nofoaluma and Tommy Talau shone with two tries every. Hooker Harry Grant was one other standout, scoring a attempt after a Bulldogs error by beating 4 defenders.

“Madge [coach Michael Maguire] is pushing us to be a group that performs quick and as soon as we get them on the again foot simply hold going at them ,” Grant advised Fox Sports post-game.

“Tonight we had been actually centered on placing the 80 minutes collectively and we did that.”

The victory lifts the Tigers to sixth spot, and goes a protracted technique to justifying Michael Maguire’s resolution to axe Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence in current weeks.

The win additionally marked Maguire’s 100th NRL win as a coach, whereas counterpart Dean Pay will once more come underneath stress for his or her newest heavy defeat.

“It’s the 80 minutes that we would been speaking about. It’s how we again it up now. Obviously we have been talking about it for fairly a while,” Maguire stated.

“We’ve been ready to do this.

“But it is what you do subsequent that is the huge factor that issues to all of us.”

The Bulldogs stay rooted to the backside of the ladder with only one win. Pay’s males had been barely in the contest from the second they misplaced Will Hopoate to an ankle harm in simply the fourth minute. And whereas they scored the opening factors by means of Reimis Smith in the 18th minute, the Tigers replied nearly immediately by means of Grant.

The Tigers had been hardly ever threatened thereafter, taking the lead when Talau made the most of a dropped Luke Brooks bomb to publish his first profession attempt.

The four-pointer got here 22 years after his father and former Bulldogs centre, Willie, scored the first attempt of his profession in opposition to Western Suburbs.

Tigers centre Joey Leilua made it a two-try lead at the break when he crashed over from shut vary, earlier than Talau produced the spotlight of the night time.

The 20-year-old had nearly his whole physique airborne over the sideline however planted simply inside the nook publish together with his left hand for a memorable second.

“That’s a miracle,” NRL commentator Greg Alexander stated on Fox Sports.

“That was fairly particular from the younger winger.

“Just in a position to hold his ft in the air. That’s the key. They’re suspended over the sideline, with each ft in the air, that is the key to these performs.

“Look at Talau in a position to hold onto that ball with one hand!”

The Bulldogs had been cannon fodder for remainder of the sport, with Nofoaluma placing their opposition away with two tries in the area of seven minutes.

The first got here when he intercepted a Kieran Foran cross to race 30 metres, earlier than he completed off a Luke Brooks line break in the 61st minute.

Tigers fullback Adam Doueihi, who was denied twice in the second half, put the ending touches on with their seventh attempt in the 74th minute.

“First 20 minutes we competed actually arduous and acquired by means of our units. We accomplished some good issues there, however after that, it wasn’t good,” Pay stated.

“It wasn’t good in any respect.

“Obviously dropping Hoppa harm a good bit. We completed up with Adam Elliott taking part in in the centres and misplaced Jake Averillo as properly. There’s a number of issues that went astray.

“But at the finish of the day what we give you wasn’t adequate.”

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