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Tigers add to Sharks woes

By Steve Jancetic 10/06/2005 10:39:27 PM Comments (0)

Cronulla's week turned from bad to worse when it had two key players put on report as it slumped to a third straight defeat with a 34-18 NRL flogging by Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.

On the back of the representative snubbing of Test halfback Brett Kimmorley for the NSW Origin squad, Jason Stevens (lifting) and Nigel Vagana (high tackle) could both be in hot water with the match review committee.

Centre Ryan McGoldrick could also come under scrutiny following a 71st minute penalty for a grapple tackle on Tigers centre Shane Elford.

After scores were locked at 12-all at halftime, the Tigers ran away with the contest in the second period with four tries, which were only answered by a consolation try at the death to Reece Williams.

Brett Hodgson, Benji Marshall and Pat Richards scored two tries each for the home side, while Hodgson landed five from six conversions to finish with 18 points for the game as the Tigers maintained pressure on the top eight with its sixth win of the season.

"We didn't make too many mistakes tonight as in too much dropped ball or too much loose ball. Little things went right for us, we concentrated more I think," Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens said.

"It was probably up there with the Roosters game (32-26 win in round four) as an intense game which we played for pretty much the 80 minutes.

"I thought today we were really pushing right until the last minute.

The Tigers led 12-0 after 16 minutes through tries to Hodgson and whiz-kid five-eighth Marshall, the second coming after some soccer skills from centre Shane Elford that Pele would have been proud of.

The Sharks finally got on the board when five-eighth Adam Dykes, a late inclusion after two weeks out with a calf strain, put Greg Bird into a gap on the goal line with a well-timed short ball.

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