NRL Round 8 – Match 7 Results: Wests Tigers 8 v Sydney Roosters 12

It was a close victory but a big one for the Roosters on Sunday when they narrowly defeated the Tigers at Campbelltown by four points.

The win has seen the Roosters surge up to number five on the ladder with five victories, sharing 10 competition points with the Sea Eagles and the Panthers.

Wests Tigers look to be in a bit of trouble, now having lost their last three matches in succession and not even the home ground advantage could help them this time.

The Chooks have now defeated the Tigers twice this season, after they beat them 44 – 32 back in Round 2.

In the lowest scoring and most evenly matched game of the round, the Tigers and the Roosters both worked hard in defence to keep the other from scoring.

The Tigers were the first to put some points on the board when just three minutes into the match Benji Marshall kicked a penalty.

No more points were scored until the 35th minute when the Tigers Chris Heighington scored five minutes from the half-time break after catching a no-look pass from Marshall who then converted and the Wests lead 8 – 0 after the first forty.

The early penalty points looked to have saved the Tigers as they led right up until the final five minutes of play.

Prop Frank Paul Nuuausala opened the Roosters account just three minutes into the second half, with Todd Carney booting the conversion to put them within two points of their rivals with plenty of time left on the clock.

The Tigers then missed a number of point scoring opportunities throughout the remainder of the game due to ball handling errors and the Roosters impressive defence.

However the Wests nearly came away with the win as no team was able to get over the line until the 75th minute when Carney scored and converted the match winning try to see Sydney finish ahead 12 – 8.

Carney’s instrumental late try was impressive as he played as halfback for the first time this season, stepping up to fill in for Mitchell Pearce out with injury, and atoned for a number of earlier handling errors on his part as he struggled in the new role.