Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Blake Taaffe, Jackson Hastings, Michael Maguire job, results, Cody Walker, SuperCoach live

The Wests’ Tigers resurgence and CommBank Stadium good vibes has continued Saturday night in a second straight one-point thrilling upset finished by the man who’s spot in the side was questioned seven days ago.

“It’s Luke Brooks’ time,” said Dan Ginnane in the call on Fox League.

A charge-down field goal attempt with less than two minutes to go from Damien Cook led to accidental off-side giving the Tigers’ a full-set, and unlike last week against the Eels when finished by Jackson Hastings, Brooks slotted the one pointer for the 23-22 win over South Sydney.

MATCH CENTER: Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs teams, scores

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Rewind six days, coach Michael Maguire was under pressure, Luke Brooks was maligned and the Tigers were winless and looking down the barrel of six straight defeats to start the season.

And within six days, the favorite cellar dwellers for 2022 have beaten Parramatta and Souths by one, both tipped for top four.

Brooks’ 70-metre sprint looked to give the Rabbitohs a 10-point gap, but a Keaon Koloamatangi try tied the scores at 22-all.

Yet the mounting error count and injury toll for the Rabbitohs cost the visitors significantly in the end. Souths finished with 16 errors to three, more than the 14 they have averaged all season, and completed just 67%.

The stewardship of Jackson Hastings freed up the now Tigers’ five-eighth Brooks yet again, who played minimal time at dummy-half and did throw in a few errors, but as he did last week in the one-point win over Parramatta looked far more relaxed.

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A lovely sleight of hand from fullback Daine Laurie to set up David Nofoaluma for the first try of the evening to make it five in his past five games at the venue and he finished with a double.

In the process, Souths lost center Taane Milne to the sin bin for a late hit effectively reducing Souths to 15 with Hame Sale concussed minutes earlier, the first of many injuries for Souths that left them with just 14 fit men at one stage.

Souths ran in two tries while Milne was off the field, but the Tigers responded with one of their own to give them the half-time lead while Alex Twal was in the bin.

A pivotal moment was a Campbell Graham break in the first half ultimately diffused by replacement hooker Jacob Liddle cutting down Lachlan Ilias, finishing what looked to be a certain try.

“What an incredible passage that was,” Greg Alexander said on Fox. “That was one of the great chases from Jacob Liddle to mow down Lachlan Ilias a meter out from the line.”

RE-LIVE THE GAME BELOW!!!!

79TH MINUTE

Tigers playmaker Luke Brooks has kicked an incredible field goal to complete a stunning one-point victory over the Rabbitohs, winning 23-22.

Michael Maguire’s side beat the Eels last week in an upset and now have bested another top-four contender to record their second win of the year.

The Tigers had a set in crucial field position in the last two minutes of the game, with most fans looking for last week’s hero Jackson Hastings to be handed the ball.

From dummy-half the ball was instead dished out to Brooks, who nailed the drop-goal with Rabbitohs defenders closing in.

CommBank Stadium erupted as the ball went through the posts and vision showed Michael Maguire’s emotional reaction in the coaches box.

“It’s Luke Brooks this time, it’s a dream, these Wests Tigers are 51 seconds from another miraculous win,” Dan Ginnane said.

“The Tigers have won it at the death, they are the cardiac kids and they have won it at the death, they are kissing each other… my god have they earned it tonight.”

72ND MINUTE

The Rabbitohs hit back with a try of their own, leveling the score after a Blake Taaffe conversion.

Backrower Keaon Koloamatangi crossed courtesy of a Lachlan Ilias short ball, going over virtually untouched after slicing through the defensive line.

“Gildart left his post too early, he could have shut it down there but moved off the ball to the outside man which makes it very hard for the halfback Jackson Hastings to tackle Keaon Koloamatangi,” Alexander said.

67TH MINUTE

Luke Brooks scooped up a loose ball to run 70 meters and score a try to take the lead.

Brooks looked down to see the ball free in open space and was too fast for the Rabbitohs cover defense who gave up with 30 meters left.

“Brooks goes all the way… this is shades of last year, he went the length of the field, it was given to Tom Burgess, this time it looks like a try,” Ginnane said.

60TH MINUTES

The Tigers scored off a scrum, courtesy of a draw and pass from Starford To’a to put David Nofoaluma in space to score in the corner.

As the game hung in the balance the Tigers stamped their authority, but were unable to kick the conversion to take the lead.

“Tied ball game, off a scrum… The Tigers will not go away,” Dan Ginnane said.

“What a huge play for the Wests Tigers… they haven’t been down this end of the field with an attacking set in what feels like an eternity,” Greg Alexander said.

49TH MINUTE

Winger Josh Mansour scored for the Rabbitohs to take a slim lead with a half-hour left in the contest.

Playmaker Adam Reynolds dribbled the ball in behind after a barnstorming Campbell Graham run to take the lead.

“Bunnies flyer Josh Mansour has scored, but it was this man Campbell Graham in the lead-up who has been absolutely outstanding on the right-edge,” Fox League’s James Hooper said.

“He has been in everything.”

40TH MINUTE

The Tigers dramatically held on after Alex Twal was sent to the sin bin following a full field break from center Campbell Graham.

The Rabbitohs quickly shifted the ball right, hoping to take advantage of their extra man but their defense was too strong as Blake Taaffe lost the ball.

“What an incredible passage that was,” Greg Alexander said.

“Tigers hold on, high drama at CommBank, both sides kept out when they looked so likely,” Dan Ginnane said.

24th MINUTE

The Rabbitohs crossed for their second try of the night, scoring a pair of four pointers with only 12 men on the field.

Cody Walker scored the first before finding Alex Johnston in space to cross untouched for South Sydney’s second try.

Taane Milne returned to the field while Taaffe was taking the conversion and the Rabbitohs had all the momentum halfway through the first 40 minutes.

“That is amazing to score two tries, you are down 6-0 and you lose a player,” Fox League’s Greg Alexander said.

Minutes later the Tigers crossed for their second, leveling the scores courtesy of a Ken Maumalo try on the left side of the field.

9TH MINUTE

Souths forward Hame Sele suffered a nasty head knock and was taken from the field after being visibly concussed.

The 25-year-old was handed his second appearance of the 2022 season, which was cut short after attempting to tackle Zane Musgrove.

Players immediately ran to Sele’s aid and commentators were clearly worried with what they saw.

“They all race in, they are all concerned, he was in an awkward position and they can in from everywhere from both sides to help Saddle as fast as possible,” Fox League commentator Dan Ginnane said.

Seconds later the Tigers opened the scoring, with David Nofoaluma scoring in the corner.

After reviewing the play, Rabbitohs center Taane Milne was also sin binned for late contact on fullback Daine Laurie.

PRE-MATCH WRAP

The Tigers finally broke their losing streak last week, courtesy of some last-gasp heroics from playmaker Jackson Hastings to down the Eels.

Michael Maguire’s side are on a high and will be hoping to carry their momentum into their clash against the Rabbitohs, while a pair of South Sydney youngsters are gunning to spoil the party.

Both Blake Taaffe and Lachlan Ilias performed admirably last week and will be hoping to continue their strong form in Round 7.

MATCH CENTER: Wests Tigers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs teams, scores

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Cody Walker broke his try assist duck last week against the Bulldogs and was strong, after a rocky start to the 2022 season.

The Tigers have had two changes to their starting side, with center James Roberts and hooker Jake Simpkin both ruled out due to injury.

Jacob Liddle and Luke Garner have been drafted in as replacements, bringing Alex Seyfarth onto the bench.

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