The Wentworthville Magpies have put forward a dominant performance in Round 15 of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW, defeating the Wests Tigers 40-14 at Leichhardt Oval.
Despite some early errors, Magpies fullback Honeti Tuha was in fine form for the away side, scoring a hat-trick and setting up another in the victory. Hooker Cameron King, five-eighth Troy Dargan and winger George Jennings were also strong for the Magpies. For the Tigers, Watson Heleta was their main strike weapon in attack, while Jack Littlejohn returned for the first time since Round 10, replacing Huddersfield-bound Jordan Rankin in the halves.
The Magpies wasted no time getting on the board, with George Jennings diving over in the South-Eastern corner just three minutes into the contest. The try came thanks to an offload from Troy Dargan, before Bureta Faraimo added the extras from out wide for a 6-0 lead. It represented the 11th time the Tigers had conceded the first try of a match in 2017, in worrying signs for the home side.
The Tigers would hit back soon after, however, taking advantage of two mistakes from Tuha. The Wentworthville no.1 first fumbled the ball on a kick return before giving away a penalty, gifting the Tigers valuable field position. It would then be Bailey Sironen and Watson Heleta to hold up the Magpies defence before sending it right to Nathan Milone for the home side's first try. Jack Littlejohn missed the conversion and it was 6-4.