NRL round two: Best tries and highlights as Rabbitohs, Broncos and Bulldogs all win
The second round of the NRL season is in the can, and several teams are beginning to make early statements ahead of a long campaign.
The Canterbury Bulldogs enjoyed a dramatic, come-from-behind win over the Penrith Panthers thanks to a late Moses Mbye try and on-the-buzzer conversion from debutant Kerrod Holland.
Beaten grand finalists Brisbane were too good against Lang Park hoodoo side the Warriors in a 25-10 win on Friday, while the Canberra Raiders exploited the Roosters' inexperience to earn a 21-20 victory.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs look the real deal after another big win, this time over the Knights, while defending champions the Cowboys came up short against the Parramatta Eels.
Finally for Sunday, the Melbourne Storm clicked into gear in a 34-16 win over the Gold Coast Titans.
Wests Tigers were supposed to be a laughing stock this season, but they have scored a 36-22 win over the Sea Eaglesat leichardt Oval to remain unbeaten after two rounds.
After an off-season littered with losses and a ridiculous saga with ex-captain Robbie Farah, the Tigers shocked the league by beating the fancied Warriors in round one and backed it up at Leichhardt Oval on Monday night.
It remains to be seen if beating the 2016 iteration of the Warriors and Sea Eagles is actually an accomplishment but this Tigers side looks, if nothing else, an incredibly exciting football team starting to realise its potential.
Boasting 2014 rookie of the year Luke Brooks and a man who could be wearing number one for New South Wales as early as this year, James Tedesco, the first two rounds of 2016 would suggest the youngsters in this team are hitting their straps at the same time.
But five-eighth Mitchell Moses looked the brightest star early on Monday night.
He signalled his intent by getting up in former Tiger Martin Taupau's grill in the opening minutes and it paid off in the 23rd minute when the hulking forward rushed out of the line to lay the smackdown on the pivot.
But Moses, without even looking at the 112 kilograms of angry Kiwi storming at him, coolly fended away before putting Kevin Naiqama through a gap, leading to Tedesco's try.
He may not have counted their next encounter as a personal victory, but his team certainly benefited when Taupau performed a late hit while Moses was in the air after kicking, eliciting a penalty and allowing the Tigers to cross again through Jordan Rankin.
The Tigers' next try came after another moment in which they proved "exciting" does not have to be synonymous with "reckless".
In the 57th minute, Naiqama could have forced a flick pass winger David Nofoaluma. Instead, he took the tackle, the Tigers received a repeat set and Naiqama produced a superb tap-on for his outside man to touch down a minute later.
It seemed only right that the victory was assured by the original dynamic duo, when Brooks unloaded to Tedesco, who jogged past the defence to touch down on 70 minutes.
After that try, Taupau did give his old club a reminder of what it had lost when he barrelled through four defenders to score before Tedesco dotted down for his third try on the back of .
It is not yet known how long the Tigers' form can continue, but it should be fun to watch as long as it does.
Source: ABC News