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Wests Tigers vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: 6 things we learned

The Tigers pulled off a miraculous comeback to topple top four contenders Manly Sea Eagles 30-26, but what did we learn along the way?

Manly let a 20-6 half time lead slip with a second half lapse, with the Tigers sealing the miraculous comeback with only seconds left on the clock. The win sees the Tigers climb above Newcastle in the race to avoid the wooden spoon whilst denting Manly’s top eight hopes in the process.

  1. 1 Tigers pull off great escape

    Trailing 20-6 at half time, many fans would have thought the game was already won by Manly. But the Tigers showed heart and pulled off a massive comeback to for a 30-26 victory. 

    On the back of some hard running and solid defence keeping Manly pinned on their own line, the Tigers' attack was able to come up with the goods in the second half.

  2. 2 Manly blow chance to jump into top four

    A win would have seen Manly climb into the all-important top four with only three rounds remaining. Seemingly in cruise control at the break, they were tracked down by a fast finishing Tigers side.

    The loss sees Manly sitting in seventh, as rather than moving into the top four, they now have to fend off teams trying to make the top eight.

  3. 3 Tigers win when it mattered

    The win saw the Tigers jump off the bottom of the ladder ahead of Newcastle. The Knights have won three straight games but the hosts came up with a victory when it mattered to boost their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon.

  4. 4 Leichhardt Oval again proves magic for the Tigers

    It doesn't get much better for those of a Wests Tigers persuasion than Sunday Afternoon football at the Leichhardt Oval? Tigers players and fans alike love games at the historical ground and it always seems to provide some quality entertainment.

    The crowd sprung to life in the second half with the Tigers showing signs of a comeback and willed their boys on to win.

  5. 5 Apisai Koroisau shines in beaten side

    Apisai Koroisau was on fire for the visitors, setting up a try for Daly Cherry-Evans with a nice scoot from dummy-half and racking up 40 tackles throughout the contest.

    He will be a crucial piece of the puzzle for Manly in the coming weeks and the finals series. The Sea Eagles look a better side when he is playing well.

  6. 6 Lapses continue to hurt Manly

    Manly's form has been patchy over recent weeks and having lapses during games is continuing to hurt them. They managed to get away with it last time out against the Roosters, but had a taste of their own medicine this week. 

    The Tigers piled on most of their points in a 15-minute period in the second half. They will need to sort out these lapses if they are wanting to be contenders in the finals.

    What did you learn from the Tigers' late win against the Sea Eagles? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tom Stratton

I'm a Tennis coach and a full on Cronulla Sharks fan. I love football and support Juventus aswell as playing on weekends. I'm crazy about sport and never shy about sharing my opinions about it.

  • Peter Hunter

    As a Manly fan I’d love to be able to blame the refs, but in this case I simply can’t. With a 20-6 lead at half time we should have blown them off the park in the second half, but we didn’t. Put simply we bumbled and stumbled our way to a 30-26 loss against the bottom side. Sure I still believe that the winning try was far from legal (obstruction, forward pass), but the reality is that Manly should never have put themselves into a position where we could lose. This loss was 100% our own fault (plus the Tigpies were good enough to rake advantake of it).

    • Daniel Lang

      Well said, agree 100%

Wests Tigers vs Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: 6 things we learned

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