Late revival not enough
THE Tigers are a side which never gives up but even some of the club's fiercest supporters threw in the towel and left Leichhardt Oval early yesterday before their team eventually succumbed 42-28 against the Roosters.
When Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce scored to put the visitors up 36-10 after 62 minutes, it was a question of just how many the hosts would lose by.
But that was exactly when the Tigers' juggernaut started, with Beau Ryan, Tim Moltzen and Chris Lawrence scoring three tries inside 11 minutes to have the game teetering on the brink at 36-28 and seven minutes still remaining.
Those three tries were right up there with some of the more entertaining ones you will see this season and typified the Tigers' will-of-the-wisp nature in a see-sawing match.
After 65 minutes, Ryan wheeled away for 60m to score his try after winger Matt Utai sprinted to the 20m line for a tap restart and gave him a quick play-the-ball.
Two minutes later, fullback Tim Moltzen scored and another one came three minutes after that when Lawrence finished off an amazing movement after speculative passes from Benji Marshall, Utai and Adam Blair.
And the Tigers kept coming, with Moltzen tackled on the last play just metres from his opponents' line and five minutes to play.
But Roosters prop Martin Kennedy wrapped up the game with his second try of the afternoon in the 79th minute.
The Roosters were outstanding in the first half, taking a 24-4 lead into the sheds against an understandably emotionally flat Tigers outfit, mourning the loss of their captain Robbie Farah's mother from pancreatic cancer.
The hosts scored the first try after five minutes through Utai off a Marshall grubber.
But the Roosters hit back with four pointers to Aidan Guerra and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves before Boyd Cordner and Braith Anasta touched down inside the final three minutes of the first half.
Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello produced a remarkable one-on-one steal with his side leading 12-4.
His pinching of the ball from Ben Murdoch-Masila while over the try line was so swift, the Tigers forward still went to put the ball down before he realised it was no longer in his arms.