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NYC Rd 14 Melbourne 12 Wests Tigers 4

The Thunderbolts have secured their fifth win of the season in an upset on a wet Friday night at AAMI Park defeating the highly fancied Wests Tigers 12-6.
NYC Rd 14 Melbourne 12 Wests Tigers 4
by NRL

The Thunderbolts have secured their fifth win of the season in an upset on a wet Friday night at AAMI Park defeating the highly fancied Wests Tigers 12-6.

Mahe Fonua's 54th minute try, the only four-pointer of the second half handed Dean Pay's side the crucial victory in the rain affected match.

Facing the second placed Tigers, the Thunderbolts got off to the best possible start taking the early advantage after five minutes thanks to a Kirisome Auva'a try.

Melbourne continued to press against their more highly fancied opponents as the half wore on dominating possession and field position. They got reward for their early half dominance in the 21st minute when Jack Joass doubled the home side's advantage.

Inno Inosesio's try with just six minutes left before the main break drew the Tigers to within four points at the half when Manaia Rudolph converted directly in front of the posts.

Conditions took their toll in the second half as the rain continued to fall at AAMI Park. Errors proved costly for both sides with the match delicately poised for large stages during the second half.

In the best passage of play for the match, Fonua finished off a sweeping move from the home side to score in the right corner. The Thunderbolts switched the play from left to right with Ryan Pooley providing the assist for the centre. The try extended Melbourne's lead to six points and that proved to be enough to secure the upset victory.

Thunderbolt Jarome Wilson was sent off late in the clash alongside Tiger Joel Luani following a second half scuffle.

Melbourne 12
Tries: Kirisome Auva'a (5'), Jack Joass (21'), Mahe Fonua (54')
Goals: Nil

defeated

Wests Tigers 6
Tries: Inno Inosesio (34')
Goals: Manaia Rudolph 1


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