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Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer.

The Wests Tigers missed a whopping 48 tackles against the Cowboys in an impressive 20-12 win at Leichhardt Oval on Thursday night but despite a couple of scares, remained largely in control in what was one of their best wins of the season.

Their missed tackle count was the fifth most by any team in a match this year.

It was just two behind Parramatta's 50 misses in their shambolic 54-0 thrashing at the hands of Manly in round two.

The Panthers missed one more than that in round three (14 of those courtesy of five-eighth James Maloney) in a narrow 20-18 loss to Canterbury.

Second on the list is the Tigers again with 52 in their last-minute loss to Newcastle in Tamworth in round seven when back-row pair Robbie Rochow (eight misses) and Matt Eisenhuth (seven misses) were the main contributors.

The surprise entrant at number one – and by a massive margin – was the enormous 63 missed tackles by the Warriors when they scrambled their way to a stunning upset win over the Dragons in round seven in a match where they held just 39% of possession.

That game means the Tigers' Leichhardt win over North Queensland is the second-most missed tackles in a win this year. Luke Brooks's 10 missed tackles is the most in a game by any player other than Maloney (14 in round three and 12 against the Eels in round five) and Api Koroisau (11 against Parramatta in round seven). Warriors centre Peta Hiku also missed 10, in round one against the Rabbitohs in Perth.

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