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NYC Rd 20 North Qld 20 Wests Tigers 36

Three tries from flying Fijian winger Marika Koroibete has led Wests Tigers to a 36-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in round 20 of the NYC competition.
NYC Rd 20 North Qld 20 Wests Tigers 36
by NRL

Three tries from flying Fijian winger Marika Koroibete has led Wests Tigers to a 36-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys in round 20 of the NYC competition.

Koribete scored tries in the 4th, 8th and 66th minutes in the match played at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville.

Koroibete's first try came from the home side's inability to clean up a high ball in their own 20-metre zone and the second from some poor defence out wide.

Halfback Sam Foster and Taumalolo set up North Queensland's first points, to centre Kyle Feldt, but the Cowboys gave up the next try to Tigers five-eighth Conner Toia at the 32nd minute mark to allow the visitors to build their lead to 12.

Just as the Tigers thought they might have been in for an easy night, the Foster and Taumalolo stepped up to steer their side back into the match.

Foster regathered his own kick for a try four minutes before halftime and Taumalolo burst through the Tigers defence to rumble almost to the tryline before the Cowboys scored on the next play via back-rower Tennyson Elliott. Feldt converted both tries to bring the Cowboys level at 16-all.

North Queensland should have hit the lead early in the second half but wasted a great try-scoring chance when Foster broke free. They were behind soon after when Wests Tigers fullback Manaia Rudolph benefitted from the smart work of Toia to score near the posts.

Three tries in an 11-minute period, one each to forwards Kyle Lovett and Joel Luani, and a third to Koroibete. saw off the Cowboys, whose only response was a four-pointer to winger Javid Bowen in the final minute.

The win moves the Todd Payten coached Wests Tigers into fourth position on the ladder.

Wests Tigers NYC: 1 Manaia Rudolph, 2 Marika Koroibete, 3 David Nofoaluna, 4 Asipeli Fine, 5 Kurtis Rowe, 6 Conner Toia, 7 Jacob Miller, 8 Matt Groat, 9 Ben Saunders, 10 Mosese Fotuaika, 11 Joel Luani, 12 Kyle Lovett, 13 Brenden Santi. Interchange: 14 Savaso Sue, 15 Soni Paasi, 16 Inno Inosesio, 18 Shane Lalogafau.




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