Wests Tigers def Parramatta Eels, highlights, score, video, ending, Lachlan Galvin, Aidan Sezer field goal, Clint Gutherson missed penalty, tackle, sin bin

Wests Tigers teen Lachlan Galvin has starred in a thrilling 17-16 victory at Commbank Stadium, with Eels skipper Clint Gutherson missing a penalty goal to win it after the siren.

It came after veteran Tigers halfback Aidan Sezer knocked over a field goal with just 40 seconds left, completing a comeback from 14-6 down in front of a heaving crowd.

It marks the first time the Tigers have had more wins than losses – at any stage in a season – since Round 3, 2020.

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Galvin was binned for an ugly hip-drop tackle on Eels backrower Kelma Tuilagi and has been hit with a two-game ban by the match review committee, but the 18-year-old bounced back in scintillating fashion.

Parramatta knocked over a penalty following the hip-drop to make it 14-6 in the 49th minute, but the Tigers scored next before Galvin returned and starred.

He sliced through the defence on halfway with a beautiful show-and-go and then palmed off a defender before putting over his high school teammate Jahream Bula in the 69th minute to take the lead.

The Eels squared things up with another penalty goal in the 75th minute before Sezer slotted the winner, which just scraped over the cross bar.

“It was great the boys really dig in until the end,” Galvin said on Fox League.

“We put in a full 80 minute performance in and I loved it.

“I was just backing my natural instincts. The boys got me forward and I just saw an opportunity to run and Bula like he always does backed up on the inside and scored a try under the posts so it was amazing.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 01: Lachlan Galvin of the Tigers celebrates victory with teammates after the round four NRL match between Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium, on April 01, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Galvin grew up a diehard Parramatta fan and had dreams of one day wearing the famous blue and gold jersey in the NRL, but on Easter Monday he came back to haunt the Eels with a moment of magic that has Wests Tigers fans dreaming of what might be in the years to come.

Struggling clubs have spent decades hearing of the next big thing who can save them, but Galvin looks set to be the one after he helped conjure a second-half comeback to lead the Tigers to the stunning win.

“I didn’t think about that this week, I did grow up going for Parramatta but it is just another game and I just wanted to go out there and play my style of footy and I thought I did that today and all the boys came together and it was a great win,” Galvin said.

Galvin singled out coach Benji Marshall for special praise.

“Like he says all the time, just play what you see in front of you and if you see it take it,” Galvin said of Marshall.

“That’s what I did today again and he has been so good for me the last three weeks and made me so confident and I love playing for him.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 01: Lachlan Galvin of the Tigers celebrates victory with teammates after the round four NRL match between Parramatta Eels and Wests Tigers at CommBank Stadium, on April 01, 2024, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The teenage rookie’s head could have dropped when he was binned for the hip-drop tackle that the referee missed but the Bunker spotted on a challenge for something else.

It was a moment that could have killed his confidence, but he returned determined to influence the result, and that’s exactly what he did.

Having started the game with a beautiful grubber for Justin Olam to score the first of his two tries, Galvin then took on the line with 12 minutes to go, beat several defenders and produced a peach of a pass for livewire Bula to put the Tigers in front.

Wins are never easy for the Tigers, and of course they had to survive one more heart-stopping moment when the Eels were awarded a penalty from the kick-off, only for Gutherson to hook his attempt to the left after the siren.

“You’ve got to sit in the box with John Morris and Robbie Farah to understand what that’s like,” Marshall said.

“They were both like ‘we can’t lose like this’. I told them ‘what’s meant to be, will be’ and if we do win then we’ll be proud of the boys.

“To come back on after feeling a bit down on himself (Galvin) and to then produce what he did just shows his character.”


There were fears the Eels would struggle without Mitchell Moses for the next two months, but it took just one touch from rookie Blaize Talagi to show he’s the man who can carry them forward while the star halfback recovers from a broken foot.

The teen sensation was fearless on debut when he ran through Tom Trbojevic to score, and a shift into the halves didn’t faze him with Talagi putting skipper Clint Gutherson into a yawning hole with his first touch.

Talagi ran the ball with confidence and combined well with Dylan Brown, but it was Gutherson who carried the Eels with a trademark captain’s knock.

The tireless fullback had his best game of the season, backing up a J’maine Hopgood break to put his side up 12-6 to go with 149 metres, a try assist and three goals.

He deserved to kick the winning goal, but it wasn’t to be as 13 errors came back to haunt the hosts.“I felt like we just chased a soft win,” Brad Arthur said.

“The past couple of weeks, we’ve built our game on being tough and rolling the sleeves up. I don’t know if we wanted to do that as much as they did today.”

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It felt like a game where there’d be 60 points on a stinking hot Monday in front of 28,608 fans at CommBank Stadium, but instead it was the Tigers’ defence that got them over the line.

Defence has plagued them for years, but it won them the game with the Tigers holding out the Eels for six sets in a row on their own line in the first half.

For all of Benji Marshall’s attacking brilliance as a player, he has brought in a newfound defensive resolve as coach which the fans will love.

“That’s probably the most resilient performance we’ve had in a Tigers jersey for some time,” Marshall said.


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