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As it happened: Tigers v Warriors

Published: 9:22PM Friday July 19, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

The Tigers hosted the Warriors in their round 19 NRL clash from Leichhardt Oval.

FULLTIME

Warriors 24
(Shaun Johnson two tries, Konrad Hurrell, Simom Mannering tries; Johnson four con)
Tigers 14 (David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence, Tim Simona tries; Benji Marshall con)
Halftime: Tigers 14-6

So Shaun Johnson crashes Benji Marshall's farewell from Leichhardt Oval with a dazzling display.

The halfback scored two tries, set one up and had the ball on a string for the last 40 minutes as the Warriors scored 18 unanswered points.

The upshot is the Warriors jump up to 20 competition points and only their poor points differential keeps them out of the eight. Stay tuned for a match report and video highlights. 

68mins: Tigers 14 Warriors 24

TRY! This is now officially a Johnson clinic! Big Sam Rapira made the bust and found the magic halfback who chipped ahead for Simon Mannering. The captain shows good pace over 30 metres and wins the race to score. Johnson converts and the Warriors have now scored 18 unanswered points.

55mins: Tigers 14 Warriors 18

TRY! The Tigers are hot on attack but a Robbie Farah bombs ends up in the hands of the wrong man - that man being Shaun Johnson! This kid ran down Michael Jennings a few weeks ago and needless to say that he easily had the gas to run the 95 metres to put the Warriors in front for the first time. He converts for good measure!

42mins: Tigers 14 Warriors 12

TRY! Perfect start to the half for the Warriors! A miscued Thomas Leuluai kick bananas off his boot and bounces up to captain Simon Mannering. With a wealth of options, Mannering draws James Tedesco and Konrad Hurrell canters over. Johnson converts.

41mins: Tigers 14 Warriors 6

And the second half is underway. If the Tigers can maintain their lead they will join the Warriors on 18 competition points, just two points outside the top eight.

HALFTIME: Tigers 14 Warriors 6

TRY! The Tigers score on the stroke of halftime! Thomas Leuluai strangley kicked on the third tackle and the Tigers spread wide on the counter for Tim Simona to push off a weak effort from Hurrell and bust up field. The flying winger then chipped ahead and beat the cover to score a a brilliant try. Marshall converts and the Tigers recapture the initiative.

33mins: Tigers 8 Warriors 6

TRY! The Warriors are back! Shaun Johnson does a nice double around play with Ben Matulino and then puts Suaia Matagi through a hole. The big man shows good toe and draws James Tedesco before finding that man Johnson for a perfectly worked try. Johnson converts from right in front.

15mins: Tigers 8 Warriors 0

TRY! The Tigers are playing down the right end of the field and the pressure pays off! This time young half Curtis Sironen exposes Konrad Hurrell in defence to put Chris Lawrence through a hole. Marshall can't convert from out wide.

7min: Tigers 4 Warriors 0

TRY! And the script couldn't have been written any better! A beautiful Benji Marshall cut-out pass found Blake Ayshford who drew the last man to put David Nofoaluma over in the corner. Marshall's conversion curls around but hits the upright. 

1min: Tigers 0 Warriors 0

And we are underway! Leichhardt Oval is full to the brim to see Benji Marshall's last game here and the man himself even shed a few tears.  Game on!

Pre-Match

All eyes will be on Benji Marshal tonight after he announced he would be the leaving the club that he inspired to the 2005 Premiership.

Will he be able to bounce back from a poor season and how will he react to a possibly unreceptive home crowd after his trumatic week?

Despite just a two day Origin turnaround, the Tigers still expect to have captain Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods backing up, while the Warriors see the return of rampaging winger Manu Vatuvei for Ngani Laumapge.

The Warriors have shown great form of late, a noble loss to the table-topping Rabbitohs in round 17 ending a five game winning streak.

With Russell Packer and Charlie Gubb ruled out, head coach Matthew Elliott has recalled the 25-year-old Suaia Matagi for his fourth NRL appearance.

A swap has been made in the starting front row with Queensland 18th man Jacob Lillyman running on with Sam Rapira to open hostilities, as the pair did last time out when the Vodafone Warriors took on South Sydney in Perth.

The rest of the starting combination is as selected with Manu Vatuvei confirmed to fill his winger's spot after missing the South Sydney contest.

The final bench is Ben Matulino, Todd Lowrie, Dominique Peyroux and Matagi. Sam Lousi is the 18th man.

In four clashes against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval, the Warriors' one success was in 2008 when they triumphed 28-26 the day Ruben Wiki made his 300th NRL appearance. They lost 22-24 last year.

Going into the match, halfback Shaun Johnson has kicked his last 17 goals on end and needs only three points to bring up 100 for the season.

Second rower Feleti Mateo will make his 69th consecutive appearance since joining the club in 2011 while Johnson, Thomas Leuluai and Ben Matulino will join Mateo in maintaining a record of playing in every game so far this season.

Tigers: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Tim Simona, Benji Marshall, Curtis Sironen, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Bodene Thompson, Suaso Sue.

Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Jack Buchanan, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Braith Anasta, Shaun Spence (one to be omitted).

Warriors: Kevin Locke, Glen Fisiiahi, Dane Nielsen, Konrad Hurrell, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Elijah Taylor, Simon Mannering, Feleti Mateo, Ben Matulino, Nathan Friend, Sam Rapira.

Interchange: Jacob Lillyman, Todd Lowrie, Dominique Peyroux, Suaia Matagi.

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