Koroibete lights up Campbelltown
Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete set the Campbelltown crowd alight tonight after a dazzling performance saw the young Fijian score four tries in just his second NRL match.by NRL
Wests Tigers winger Marika Koroibete set the Campbelltown crowd alight tonight after a dazzling performance saw the young Fijian score four tries in just his second NRL match.
The home side eventually ran out winners 51-26 but they had to do it the hard way after the visitors ran out to an early 22-6 lead in front of a crowd of 14, 822.
Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 4th minute when second-rower Adam Blair ran straight at Parramatta half-back Chris Sandow to score near the posts off a short pass from half-back Benji Marshall. Marshall converted the try for a 6-0 lead.
Parramatta hit back five minutes later when five-eighth Ben Roberts brushed past three defenders to score a try next to the posts. It was disappointing defence by Wests Tigers. Winger Luke Burt converted the try for a 6-all scoreline after 10 minutes.
The Eels went to a 10-6 lead two minutes later when winger Ken Sio picked up a spilt crossfield kick from hooker Robbie Farah from half-back Chris Sandow inside the Wests Tigers quarter. The try came after centre Ryan Morgan was tackled 10 metres out after five-eighth Ben Roberts bushed off Wests Tigers five-eighth Liam Fulton in a poor marker defence tackle on the previous play. Burt converted the try for a 12-6 lead.
The Eels went further ahead when full-back Jake Mullaney dived over out wide in the 15th minute after prop Fuifui Moimoi ran into a gap between Gareth Elis and Farah to race 40 metres downfield the previous tackle. A quick play the ball saw Roberts turn the ball inside for Mullaney who had too much pace for three cover defenders to score. Burt converted the try for an 18-6 lead.
Mullaney grabbed his second try in the 28th minute when he rapped around in behind a play with Roberts to then step inside an attempted tackle by full-back Tim Moltzen to score for a 22-6 lead. Burt missed the conversion attempt.
Wests Tigers got back to 22-10 when lock Chris Heighington brushed off centre Cheyse Blair to score next to the posts. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 22-12 after 32 minutes.
Five minutes before half-time, Marshall delivered a lovely cut out pass for winger Matt Utai to crash through two defenders to slam the ball down in the corner. The try came after an intercept pass by forward Junior Moors. Marshall converted the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 22-18 after 38 minutes.
Wests Tigers came close to scoring again inside the final minute before half-time but Fulton was tackled just short of the line around the ankles by Sandow.
The Eels started the second half off strongly when back-rower Taulima Tautai scored out wide after running through a gap between Blair and Beau Ryan to score out wide. Burt miss the conversion attempt to leave Parramatta leading 26-18 after 42 minutes.
Winger Marika Koroibete denied Parramatta a certain try to Sandow two minutes later when he regathered the ball from a chip kick only to be hit hard by Koroibete's shoulder.
It proved to be a massive play for Wests Tigers as it came on the last tackle. From the next set, Farah gave a short ball to centre Blake Ayshford raced 35 metres down the right flank to send Utai over for his second try. Marshall failed to convert the try to leave Wests Tigers trailing 26-22 after 45 minutes.
Koroibete was then rewarded for his efforts when he scored a sensational try after slicing through four defenders in an angle run to score under the posts. It came after some entertaining play by Marshall and a great offload pass by Blair in the lead up to Koroibete's try. Marshall converted to give Wests Tigers a 28-26 lead.
Koroibete scored his second try in the 55th minute when he ran onto a superb cut out pass by Marshall to score out wide. Marshall failed to convert the try to give Wests Tigers a 32-26 lead.
Wests Tigers took full advantage of a knock on by Nathan Hindmarsh when from the scrum win, Marshall ran acrossfield to slice through two defenders to link up with Moltzen who found opoen space 10 metres out to score for a 36-26 lead. Marshall converted the try for a 38-26 lead to Wests Tigers after 61 minutes.
Marshall extended Wests Tigers lead to 13 points when he landed a field goal from 20 metres out in front of the posts in the 62nd minute for a 39-26 lead.
Koroibete completed a perfect night when he finished off a break by Utai to race 35 metres to score his third try of the night for a 43-26 lead after 77 minutes. Marshall converted the try for a 45-26 scoreline to Wests Tigers.
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