Wests start fast to down Manly

Wests Tigers comfortably beat Manly Sea Eagles 38-12 after shooting out of a cannon in the opening twenty minutes.

Wests opened the scoring off the back of a repeat set. Luke Brooks kicked on the fourth tickle for Chris Lawrence. Esan Marsters extended the lead to eight moments later through a penalty.

The Tigers were purring and scored off the kick off when Brooks sent Kevin Naiqama away who fed Malakai Watene-Zelezniak for a sensational try.

Wests continued to dominate the game but couldn’t get another try until Brooks sneaked one from dummy half on 30 minutes.

Another quick-fire try from the Tigers, this time when Brooks fed Benji Marshall, meant Wests were running away with the game at 26-0.

The rout continued early in the second half when Marshall grabbed his second. But Manly finally got on the board ten minutes later when Lachlan Croker fed Joel Thompson.

With only three minutes to go, the Sea Eagles scored another consolation. Brian Kelly kicked into the corner for his wing partner Brad Parker.

The Tigers had the final say when Jacob Liddle was awarded a penalty try after Daly Cherry-Evans denied the hooker a chance to score after he had kicked through for himself.

Sea Eagles: T Trbojevic, Parker, Walker, Kelly, Uate, Croker, Cherry-Evans, Koroisau, Taupau, Thompson, Gosiewski J Trbojevic; Interchanges: Lane, Perrett, Wright, Paseka
Tries: Thompson, Parker; Goals: Cherry-Evans 2

Tigers: Thompson, Nofoaluma, Marsters, Naiqama, Watene-Zelezniak, Marshall, Brooks, Aloiai, Liddle, Matulino, Lawrence, Rochow, Eisenhuth; Interchanges: Twal, Reynolds, Chee-Kam, Sue
Tries: Lawrence, Watene-Zelezniak, Brooks, Marshall 2, Liddle; Goals: Marsters 7

Full match reports of all this weekend’s NRL games will feature in Monday’s League Express.