West Tigers

Elijah Taylor not ready to phone home

There was speculation in the past fortnight the 27-year-old would knock back an option for another season with the joint venture and head home to join the Warriors in 2018.

Taylor has been a shining light for the Wests Tigers since joining the club from Penrith in 2016, averaging more than 41 tackles per game and enhancing his ability in attack under former coach Jason Taylor. 

Speaking to NRL.com prior to the side's first bye week, Taylor set the record straight on his immediate and long-term future. 

Lolohea signs with Wests Tigers

Lolohea has joined Wests Tigers until at least the end of the 2019 season and is available for selection for the team’s Round 13 clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The versatile 22-year-old has played 53 NRL games for the New Zealand Warriors since making his debut in 2014.

Wests Tigers head coach Ivan Cleary welcomed Lolohea to the club.

Matulino off to Tigers

The long serving 28-year-old made his 197th NRL appearance in his first outing of the season in last night's Anzac Day loss to the Storm in Melbourne.

The long-serving Matulino, who is returning from an injury lay-off following knee surgery, informed club management at the weekend that he had decided to take up an offer from Wests Tigers.

The 28-year-old has been inconsistent over the last several seasons and last year was one of five players dropped from the New Zealand Test team for taking a cocktail of prescription drugs and energy drinks.

Tedesco's magic play baffles everyone

Tedesco beat 10 players on his late run to the line (if you count a couple of second efforts) and somehow got the ball down with three players still on him. It turned a tense six-point advantage at 20-14 into an unassailable 26-14 scoreline.

Afterwards, the fullback said he wasn't sure what had happened while his coach admitted that even after Tedesco had beaten half the Cowboys team he was still just hoping for a quick play the ball to set up for a field goal.

"I said to Mitch [Moses] I would just be an option outside him," Tedesco recalled after the game.

Praise for Tigers' 80-minute effort

Playing a Broncos team who were without six players on Origin duty, the Tigers were also minus Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods and James Tedesco but dominated the vast majority of the contest before finally squeaking away with a 19-18 win courtesy of a Mitchell Moses field goal five minutes from full-time.

Having been on the ropes for most of the second half the Broncos almost landed a knockout blow when they threw some late haymakers but young Tigers halves Luke Brooks and Moses showed just enough composure to steer their side home.