Moses in field goal win over old mates

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

MITCHELL Moses has bro­ken the hearts of Wests Tigers fans in his first game against his for­mer NRL club, set­ting up Corey Nor­man to slot the match- win­ning field goal in Par­ra­matta’s 17- 16 vic­tory.

Two weeks af­ter kick­ing a golden- point field- goal win­ner against Can­ter­bury, Moses looked to step up again when he got the ball at first re­ceiver in the 77th minute.

But he in­stead found halves part­ner Nor­man to his left, whose 25- me­tre, low- tra­jec­tory shot just flew over the cross­bar to give the Eels their sec­ond one- point win in as many matches.

Tigers half­back Luke Brooks, who still lives with Moses, missed a chance to send the game to over­time for the healthy crowd of 30,091, but his shot sailed wide.

An up­set was on the cards at ANZ Sta­dium when Tuimoala Lolo­hea kicked two penalty goals in the space of three min­utes to take a two- point lead soon af­ter half­time.

The Eels looked to have seized the ini­tia­tive when a ru­n­away Semi Radradra found a sup­port­ing Clin­ton Guther­son to give them a four- point lead. But Tigers winger Malakai Watene- Zelez­niak lev­elled the score with a soar­ing take, only for Lolo­hea to spray the po­ten­tial go- ahead con­ver­sion 15 me­tres in from touch.

Be­van French opened the scor­ing in just the sec­ond minute when he fin­ished off a right side shift, how­ever James Tedesco hit back with a 40- me­tre in­di­vid­ual ef­fort soon af­ter.

Nor­man ap­peared to have re­turned serve but was stopped short by a des­per­ate Matt McIl­wrick, and in­stead the Tigers took a two- point lead on a Lolo­hea penalty goal. How­ever an­other well- ex­e­cuted set piece that ended in Radradra go­ing over gave the Eels a four- point lead at half­time.

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