The Tigers have kept their finals hopes alive after coming from behind to down the Brisbane Broncos 42-24 in a thriller at Suncorp Stadium.
The scoreline perhaps didn’t reflect the intensity of the contest, with both sides trading the lead four times throughout the clash until a late Broncos capitulation saw Michael Maguire’s Tigers run home three tries in the final 15 minutes.
Youngster Tommy Talau (who was brought into the squad in place of James Roberts who is in isolation) bagged a crucial late double, as did David Nofoaluma who scored his 86th try for the Tigers to become the club’s highest try-scorer. It takes him past club legends Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence.
Adam Doueihi, who has proven he can shine in nearly any position, was again a standout for the Tigers. His move back to five-eight reaped dividends as he bagged a whopping five try-assists, pulling the strings behind the Tigers’ comeback.
The win sees the Tigers retain a sliver of hope of breaking their long-standing finals drought. They move one win outside of the top-eight, tied with the Raiders, Titans and Warriors on 12 points.
“The race is on,” NRL legend Billy Slater said after the win. “Can the Tigers keep their dream alive?”
Meanwhile, it’s more woe for Kevin Walters’ Broncos, who despite the final result, got out of the gates flying when Corey Oates bagged an aerial stunner in the opening minutes of the match.
Kotoni Staggs was a domineering force in the centres, he scored his first points of 2021 after a long injury layoff.
But it was ultimately continued issues with lapses in defence, as a second-half left-edge capitulation saw the Tigers get the jump on the Broncos when they returned for the second half with a quickfire double through Talau and Dane Laurie.
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