The Wests Tigers have had arguably the biggest upset win of the season, overthrowing the Brisbane Broncos by 14 points at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Rushing to the bottom of the NRL ladder, no one tipped the Tigers to beat the red-hot Broncos, who took three straight wins and battled for a place in the top four.
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But Brett Kimmorley’s men stunned the 32,909 Brisbane crowd to lose a painful seven-game run and give their interim coach his first win.
It was also the club’s fourth straight win over the Broncos.
The Tigers were far from their best in the first half, finishing only 14 of 21 sets with 66 percent – but the visitors did enough to return to the shed at halftime with scores of 12-12.
The men in orange then dominated the second half, making three attempts to secure their first win since round 11.
“Our execution and discipline failed us,” confessed Broncos captain Adam Reynolds after the 32-18 defeat.
“Our ball handling was pretty bad and the Tigers played really well. They made it difficult for us.”
Tigers five-eighth Adam Doueihi tried and nailed all six of his attempts, while halfback Jock Madden scored a four-pointer and set up two others.
“(Madden) played well when he had his chances this year,” former Cronulla Sharks star Michael Ennis told Fox League.
“The players love him and they love to play with him. You could see their reaction when he scored that try, they came from everywhere.”
Broncos prop Payne Haas racked up 147 yards from 13 runs in 50 minutes on the field, while debutant Deine Mariner contributed 143 yards and three tackle breaks.
“I don’t know if I would put the Broncos as contenders for the premiership, but I thought before the game they would definitely be in the mix,” said Penrith Panthers legend Greg Alexander.
“I think over the last three months the Broncos have shown that they are together as a side. They have a lot of attacks both in the pack and off and Reynolds has put everything together this year to make them a real team and a real to make a threat.
“What do I get out of this game? I don’t think I’m going to put an end to Brisbane… they can be great because they have a lot of good players. There’s no doubt they can do something, I’m not going to write them off just because of tonight’s performance.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters told reporters in the post-game press conference: “There was a lot of effort, but at crucial moments they were better than us.
“There were a few moments when they won the battle…and they won the war.”
The Tigers then face the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday, August 7, with kick-off scheduled for 4:05 PM AEST.