The NRL Rivalry Round came to a close on Monday night when the Wests Tigers fought back to claim a 26 – 16 victory over North Queensland Cowboys after a horror start at Leichardt Oval.
The Tigers are still in their top three spot on the ladder after securing their third consecutive victory, but it wasn’t looking good early when they were trailing by 16 after the first 30 minutes.
Despite a good start on Monday night, the Cowboys let themselves and their fans down once again, giving away a tidy lead to lose their 13th game of the season.
North Queensland’s Ashley Graham was first to score when he flew over in the fifth minute after an accurate kick from Thurston caught Tuqiri out of position and napping.
Ashley Graham paid out in the ‘1st Tryscorer’ markets at Ladbrokes.com.au just five minutes into the match
The Cowboys managed two more tries before the Tigers could open their account, with Ben Harris and ex-Tiger Arana Taumata scoring one each in the 24th and then 28th minutes.
Skipper Johnathan Thurston managed to convert two of their three tries to give the club a solid 16 point lead, but they soon lost steam and couldn’t get any more points on the board for the remainder of the match.
After the shocking start the Wests Tigers regrouped and begun their inspired comeback four minutes from halftime with star winger Lote Tuqiri atoned for his earlier mistake by scoring their first in the 36th minute.
After missing the conversion however, they still trailed 16 – 4 at the break.
In the second half Benji Marshall and co. pulled out some magic and the Tigers scored five unanswered tries, thrusting them to victory.
Mitch Brown was first over in the 45th minute and then four minutes later Blake Ayshford scored their third.
Lote Tuiqiri followed making it a match double in the 54th minute and then Liam Fulton and Marshall added more gloss to the final score with two tries in the final three minutes.
Despite converting just one of their six tries, Marshall did plenty of other things right, including his magnificent try in the 79th minute that had him sprint 70 metres to finish the game on a high.
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