Warriors stun the Wests Tigers at SCG

The Warriors have held on to shock the Wests Tigers 26-20 at the SCG and end another tough week with their first win in almost a month.

Just days after waving goodbye to four players who left the country to return home to their families, the Warriors showed great resilience to hold firm through a nervy final five minutes.

Centre Peta Hiku scored a double while fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was again one of the New Zealand side’s best despite some early errors.

Tohu Harris and Jack Hetherington were also both immense up front, with the former scoring a crucial second-half try.

The Warriors have now been in Australia for almost three months but they showed plenty of spirit on Friday night after they conceded two early tries.

The result infuriated Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire as his team squandered a perfect chance to move back into the top eight.

He was spotted kicking a chair over in the sheds at half time, when his team led 14-8.

His mood would not have improved after break.

Hiku got the Warriors moving in the second half when he lowered the scores by pushing his way through three Tigers to score on the left edge.

He then put the Warriors in the lead midway through the half, when he took Adam Doueihi on down the left edge and narrowly stayed in to slam the ball down.

And when Harris made the most of a Tommy Talau error at the back, it was 26-14 and the game was all but over.

Doueihi crossed with six minutes to go to give the Tigers some hope, but they blew a last-minute chance when Chris Lawrence put a pass into touch.

Earlier, it had appeared as if it would be a cake walk for the Tigers when they scored twice in the first 13 minutes.

After Harry Grant chased his own kick to force an error from Tuivasa-Sheck, Moses Mbye ran onto a magical Luciano Leilua offload to touch down inside five minutes.

And it looked as if they were set to enter party mode when David Nofoaluma scored his 11th try of the season with a tip-toeing effort from an Doueihi cut-out ball.

But the danger signs were there when Karl Lawton split the Tigers’ line open from dummy-half shortly after to put the Warriors back in the match.

The result is a massive dent to the Tigers’ finals hopes. They currently sit 10th and still have games to come against six of the current top eight.





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