LIVE: Tigers fighting for spot in top eight

Sam McIntyre scores his second NRL try to gift the Tigers a crucial buffer heading into the half!

Moses Mbye is ditched from kicking duties after butchering his first two conversions, Benji Marshall makes no mistake.

The Tigers have become the highest-scoring team in the opening 20 minutes of play this season, after Moses Mby crossed over inside seven minutes to gift his side a perfect start against the Warriors.

Mbye had youngsters Harry Grant and Billy Walters to thank who linked up with some smart ball movement on the left edge to play in Luciano Leilua.

The big-man timed his offload perfectly as he drew two defenders and popped the ball out to Mbye who was screaming down his left side.

He crossed over in a perfect sequence for the Tigers, in a try that officially made them the highest-scoring team inside the opening 20-minutes of play across the whole competition.

“The hot start to the Tigers in 2020 just keeps on coming,” said Balmain Tigers legend Steve Roach in commentary.

Minutes later, danger-man David Nofoaluma doubled down after some fabulous work to keep his body inside the touchline for his eleventh try of the season. The try takes him to third on the all-time highest try-scorers at the Tigers.

A win over the New Zeland Warriors tonight and the Wests Tigers will go straight back into the top eight.

The Tigers will feature Billy Walters and Benji Marshall in the halves despite Josh Reynold being available after serving out a previous suspension.

Luke Brooks will once again come off the interchange, but Michael Maguire was adamant the 25-year-old will eventually find his way back in and become the club’s long term halfback.

“This is a stage in Brooksy’s career that can make him go to a higher level,” Maguire said earlier this week.

“Plenty of players have gone through something similar, it’s how they react and the work they do in the background.

“I’m seeing Brooksy do exactly what you need to do through a period like this in your career.

“This year he’s been more consistent with his defence, he had a tough day out against Souths but prior to that he was strong. He just needs to be more consistent around that space.


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