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Tigers thrive on emotion but no NRL win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/03/2017 Scott Bailey

Emotion drove the Wests Tigers to their best start to an NRL game this season season, against Melbourne on Sunday, but it couldn't return them to the winners' list.

The Tigers showed serious signs of improvement, under interim coach Andrew Webster, in Sunday's 22-14 loss to Melbourne, just six days after former mentor Jason Taylor was sacked.

They missed 19 less tackles and made 10 less errors compared to last week's 40-point drubbing in Canberra, the same match that caused the upheaval.

But while emotion was able to spur them on for the first half, and to an early 14-0 lead, it couldn't carry them through the full 80 minutes as they conceded 22 unanswered points.

Captain Aaron Woods was left to ponder how they can keep the motivation burning for next Sunday against St George Illawarra.

"It's easy to get up for these sort of games," Woods said.

"But it's how we're going to react for next week when it dies down a bit and we've just got to work hard for each other."

The win left the Storm as just one of two undefeated clubs after the opening month, alongside the Sydney Roosters who beat rivals South Sydney 20-6 on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the mantle of the most under-pressure coach was passed on to Des Hasler after Manly's 36-0 flogging of Canterbury on Saturday.

The win marked the Sea Eagles' first win at Lottoland since last July, but was the Bulldogs' seventh loss in eight games.

Hasler is off-contract at the end of the season, and pushing for a two-year extension at the club.

The Bulldogs have won just once, along with fellow top-eight expectants Canberra and the Gold Coast.

The Raiders were sunk by a Jordan Kahu field goal in their 13-12 loss to Brisbane on Friday night, while the Titans went down to North Queensland in a high-scoring 32-26 loss on Saturday.

Newcastle are also one from four after suffering their biggest loss of the campaign, 40-0 to a Penrith side that flexed their muscle.

Former Panthers hooker James Segeyaro then made his NRL return for Cronulla on Saturday, as the defending premiers knocked over Parramatta 20-6 at ANZ Stadium to leave both sides on four points.

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