Mitchell Moses has shown he can be the man to lead Wests Tigers into the post-Robbie Farah era after starring in the club ‘s 25-12 NRL win over St George Illawarra.
Moses was sharp in attack and solid in defence at ANZ Stadium on Sunday as the Tigers kept their slim finals hopes alive against a Dragons outfit that again looked lost for much of the contest.
The win will in part justify the decision by Tigers coach Jason Taylor to dump Farah to reserve grade.
Moses’ halves partner, Luke Brooks, also impressed for the Tigers, as did winger David Nofoaluma.
St George Illawarra remain in finals contention with six rounds to play despite the loss, but given their impotent attack it would be a miracle if they qualified.
The Dragons had a promising start to the the match when winger Kurt Mann scored out wide in the fifth minute.
But that was about as good as it got for the Dragons until a brief period late in the game, which was attended by 15,087 fans.
The Tigers hit back quickly through Nofoaluma 10 minutes later.
Luke Brooks took Wests to the lead in the 26th minute when he easily beat Tariq Sims close to the line.
When a Nofoaluma linebreak set up a 80m James Tedesco try four minutes later, the Tigers led 18-8 – a gap they maintained to the break.
Mitchell Moses put Josh Aloiai over in the 58th minute to propel the Tigers to a 24-12 lead.
But the Dragons didn’t lie down. An Adam Quinlan try set up by Taane Milne moved the home side closer to give them a chance late.
But as has been the story for much of the year, the Dragons’ attack wasn’t up to the task when they needed more points.
A Moses field goal sealed the win in the 77th minute.
Dragons forward Leeson Ah Mau was put on report for a first-half high tackle on Tim Grant, who was taken off on a medicab and didn’t return.
Tigers forward Chris Lawrence left the field early in the second half with a leg injury.