Last Time Played: Tigers v Roosters

Wests Tigers finished over the top of the Roosters to secure a 19-12 win in Round 20 last year and continue their impressive charge towards the finals. It was a fast start for the Tigers who found themselves ahead 8-0 midway through the opening half following a penalty goal to Benji Marshall and try to Beau Ryan who swooped on a perfectly placed Marshall grubber. 

But after withstanding more attacking raids, the Roosters quickly turned the tide with Braith Anasta throwing a clever pass for BJ Leilua to scored and Aiden Guerra then crashing over just a few minutes later to take a 12-8 lead into the break.

Alas, the Roosters wouldn’t trouble the scoreboard attendant again and they quickly found themselves behind once more, with Liam Fulton crossing in the 47th minute and Blake Ayshford adding another just five minutes later off a well-timed Robert Lui ball.

The Roosters had plenty of chances to level the scores, however dropped ball hurt them and Marshall ensured the Tigers took the two points in the dying minutes when he potted a field-goal to give his side a seven-point buffer.

The Roosters made 10 errors to the Tigers’ four and completed just 77 per cent of their sets – which contributed to Nate Myles being forced to make 50 tackles and Jake Friend 40.

Chris Heighington ran for 114 metres, made 23 tackles and six tackle-breaks for the Tigers.