Wests Tigers head coach Michael Maguire has extended his contract with the club until the end of the 2023 NRL season.

Maguire is set to become the second longest serving coach in Tigers history, behind Tim Sheens, after signing a deal for 2022 and 2023, having already been contracted for next year.

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Maguire has led the Tigers in 44 games, winning 18, since taking charge last year.

Also coach of New Zealand, Maguire, 46, was happy to extend his stay with the Tigers.

"I'm really pleased to be able to re-sign with Wests Tigers," he said.

"We've put a lot of work in over the last couple of years and I’m seeing plenty of change for the club to move forward in a big way.

"We're all not happy with where we've been and everything we do now is about moving us forward towards a premiership.

"I love the people here and the passion around the organisation.

"The more I see people with a connection Wests Tigers, the more I see the hunger for success. This is a massive club with an incredibly rich history, and we're all determined to grow this year into a really strong season."

The Tigers have missed the finals in each of Maguire's two seasons at the helm so far, finishing ninth and 11th in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe believes the club are heading in the right direction under Maguire.

"As a club, we're really thrilled with the appointment of Michael," he said.

"Not only does this provide him with further security, it also provides our entire football program with a strong sense of direction. We have absolute faith in Michael and our football department in the sustainable team they are building here.

"Michael is a fierce competitor, and we love that. He shares the same set of values that our club is built on with his drive and passion for success.

"Together, we are building a football department, a team and a club that our members and fans are proud of and Michael is certainly the right man to continue that."

Parramatta Eels fought back to beat Wests Tigers and seal a top-four finish as Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders claimed contrasting victories in Saturday's NRL action. 

Will Smith and Reed Mahoney scored tries in the last 15 minutes at Bankwest Stadium as the Eels rallied for a thrilling 28-24 triumph, lifting them into third place in the ladder to book a qualifying final against Melbourne Storm.

The defeat meant a disappointing end for Tigers duo Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence in their farewell appearances for the club, with the former's outing painfully cut short by injuries suffered in the first half. 

The Raiders had briefly moved into the top four in the ladder thanks to a 38-28 win over the Cronulla Sharks, aided by 14 points from captain Sam Williams. 

However, there was a setback for much-changed Canberra as prop Ryan Sutton suffered a knee injury that is set to rule him out of the play-offs. 

Meanwhile, minor premiers Penrith made it 15 straight victories as they thrashed Canterbury Bulldogs 42-0 at ANZ Stadium, Kurt Capewell and Brent Naden both crossing twice in the rout. 

Bulldogs prop Luke Thompson was placed on report for a possible eye gouge on James Tamou, though the Panthers captain revealed the pair had discussed the incident after the game. 

"He [Thompson] said after he was just trying to get something to try and get me down, which was fair enough," Tamou said. "In the scheme of things, you're trying your best just to do your job and try and win the tackle. 

"He said there was nothing in it. I've been keeping my eye on Luke and I don't think he's done anything like that throughout the year. From my point of view, I don't think there was much in it." 

Craig Bellamy offered a cheeky response to Cameron Smith going beyond his career try total as Melbourne Storm wrapped up another top-two NRL finish with a 50-22 rout of Wests Tigers.

Smith scored one of nine Storm tries - the 47th of his career - to take him beyond Bellamy's haul from his playing days with Canberra Raiders, a fact he was keen to remind his Melbourne coach of when dotting down in the 71st minute.

Bellamy responded by flipping the bird back in the direction of his Storm players as they pointed up to their coach, who saw Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr cross for two tries apiece as Melbourne sealed a top-two finish for the fifth successive year.

"The only thing I can feel okay about is it took him 428 games to get there and I got mine in about 140 or something, 150," Bellamy said of Smith afterwards.

Cronulla Sharks had a night to forget as they suffered a 34-18 loss to Sydney Roosters, and lost star playmaker Shaun Johnson to a suspected Achilles injury.

The Sharks are already assured of a finals berth but the absence of Johnson - who has provided an NRL-best 22 try assists - would be a monumental blow.

Mitchell Aubusson marked becoming the Roosters' all-time leader in appearances by scoring a brace of tries on his 303rd outing for Sydney.

Gold Coast Titans' good form continued as they beat Manly Sea Eagles 42-24 for a fourth successive victory, though that game was also overshadowed by a shoulder injury to Tom Trbojevic.

The Manly fullback was only making his return from three months out with a hamstring injury and is now a doubt for the State of Origin series.

 

South Sydney Rabbitohs limped to a slender 26-24 victory in Thursday's NRL clash with Wests Tigers after nearly blowing a 20-point first-half lead at Bankwest Stadium.

The visitors held a commanding advantage with half an hour played but had to hold on at the end of a game that saw three men sin binned in the second half.

Defeat for the Tigers ends their hopes of reaching the finals, while the Bunnies move into fifth and within two points of Sydney Roosters, who play Newcastle Knights on Saturday.

A dramatic contest only looked to be heading one way when the Rabbitohs, beaten 22-16 by Melbourne Storm last time out, racked up three quickfire tries.

Dane Gagai, Corey Allan and Campbell Graham crossed over in the space of 15 minutes, with Adam Reynolds converting all three to help give his side an early 20-0 lead.

The hosts produced a remarkable comeback against Manly Warringah Sea Eagles last week and were at it again when Luke Garner and Tommy Talau dotted down before the interval.

Alex Twal was sent to the sin bin eight minutes into the second half and tempers further flared two minutes later as Gagai chucked the ball at Luke Brooks' head.

A melee ensued and both men joined Twal in being issued yellows, with the Rabbitohs making the one-man advantage count as Graham raced behind for his second try.

But Brooks scored an impressive try after returning to the field to give the Tigers hope and Asu Kepaoa touched down three minutes later after being played in by Benji Marshall.

Just two points separated the sides for the closing 14 minutes but there was to be no further scoring as the Tigers came up just short.

Luke Brooks' field goal secured a thrilling 29-28 NRL win for Wests Tigers over Canterbury Bulldogs after Newcastle Knights rallied to beat Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday.

The Tigers' finals hopes were in danger of taking a big blow at Bankwest Stadium, where bottom side Canterbury were on course for just a fifth win of the season with time running out.

Wests led 22-16 at the break following tries from Moses Mbye, David Nofoaluma and two from Luke Garner, with Nick Meaney, Marcelo Montoya and Matt Doorey dotting down at the other end in a frantic first half.

The Bulldogs grasped the initiative with tries from Aiden Tolman and Kerrod Holland, who converted both of those four-pointers to give his side a six-point advantage.

Yet Joey Leilua's try, converted by Mbye, drew the Tigers level eight minutes from time and Brooks booted the winning point from 32 metres out with three minutes to play to move his side four points behind the eighth-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Knights fought back from 12-0 down and were also behind in the final 10 minutes before Enari Tuala's second try of the game, converted by Kalyn Ponga, downed Manly 26-24.

Manly also lost Brendan Elliot to what may be a torn anterior cruciate ligament at McDonald Jones Stadium as their finals bid suffered another setback.

The Penrith Panthers matched a club record with an eighth straight win as they showed why they belong at the top of the NRL table.

A 28-12 win over the Canberra Raiders on Saturday came thanks to tries from Viliame Kikau, Liam Martin, the prolific Stephen Crichton and Brent Naden that all arrived before half-time.

Canberra trailed 24-0 at the break but cut their deficit after the break thanks to a double from Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad; however, Nathan Cleary's kicking for the Panthers kept them at arm's length.

The Panthers first won eight in a row in the 2003 season, when they went on to win the Grand Final.

The Melbourne Storm had briefly nudged ahead of the Panthers with a 41-10 success against the Canterbury Bulldogs earlier in the day, with Josh Addo-Carr and Kenneath Bromwich both dotting down twice.

Nicho Hynes, Justin Olam and Suliasi Vunivalu also poached tries, with the Storm having posted 22 points in their onslaught before the Bulldogs, who sit at the foot of the ladder, troubled the scoreboard.

The only setback for the Storm was a knee injury sustained by Cameron Munster that could see him miss several weeks of action.

The Storm were not the day's biggest winners, with that honour going to the Newcastle Knights who thumped Wests Tigers 44-4 to climb to sixth place.

Kalyn Ponga grabbed two tries and booted 12 points in a lively display, with Hymel Hunt, Starford To'a, Jacob Saifiti, Herman Ese'ese, Gehamat Shibasaki and Phoenix Crossland also scoring.

Veteran Blake Green made a bright Knights debut after joining in midweek from the New Zealand Warriors, feeding Ponga for the opening try in the ninth minute and winning praise from half-back partner and captain Mitchell Pearce.

"What a super player Greenie is and what a great pick-up for us," Pearce said, quoted on the NRL website. "In the short time I've met him you can tell what a good guy he is.

"I've heard such good raps on him from other players at other clubs and he is really calm, really smart."

A miserable NRL season for Brisbane Broncos continued with a dramatic 36-26 defeat to Cronulla Sharks, while Wests Tigers saw their Finals hopes suffer a blow as New Zealand Warriors recorded a surprise victory.

Brisbane have now lost nine of their past 10 games as the pressure grows on coach Anthony Seibold, while Cronulla are up to fifth in the ladder after claiming a sixth win in seven despite being without a host of stars including Josh Dugan.

In a back-and-forth contest featuring 11 tries, Sharks snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with three scores in the final 10 minutes.

Sione Katoa, Connor Tracey and Braden Hamlin-Uele went over in the closing stages at Suncorp Stadium to follow up on first-half efforts from Ronaldo Mulitalo, Siosifa Talakai and Jackson Ferris.

Richard Kennar dotted down twice for the Broncos, who fell to defeat despite scoring five times. They scored 12 unanswered points to overturn a half-time deficit but were unable to hold on.

In Friday's other contest, the Warriors came from behind to triumph 26-20 and win for first time in four games, as interim coach Todd Payten got one over his former team.

An inspired second-half double from Peta Hiku and what proved to be a match-winning try from Tohu Harris turned the tables at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Tigers have now lost four of their last five NRL matches but that scenario did not look likely when captain Moses Mbye and David Nofoaluma crossed inside the opening 12 minutes, with 14-8 the eventual half-time lead.

Hiku made the difference with two superb tries on the left wing, before Adam Pompey set up the pivotal score from Harris.

Tommy Talau got one back for Wests late on to put them within six points, but the Warriors were not to be denied.

Parramatta Eels went back to the top of the NRL ladder on Thursday with a 26-16 victory over Wests Tigers in Sydney.

A bruising contest at Bankwest Stadium saw the visitors get off to a flyer when Luciano Leilua powered over the line in the opening minute.

The Eels went behind after just two minutes in last Saturday's 22-18 defeat to Manly Sea Eagles and it seemed another early setback had left them shaken, despite Maika Sivo's 10th try of the season drawing them level.

David Nofoaluma also reached 10 tries for the campaign before a Moses Mbye penalty goal made it 12-4, giving the Tigers a measure of control.

Matters soon unravelled for Michael Maguire's men, however, Reagan Campbell-Gillard's 40-metre charge for the line reducing the deficit before a Mitchell Moses penalty goal levelled the scores again.

The Tigers lost Michael Chee-Kam to a serious-looking concussion and were soon trailing by six at the break, Moses scoring after a superb chip and chase.

Shaun Lane touched down from a Clint Gutherson grubber to stretch the Eels' advantage and Sivo's second effectively sealed the points.

Some quick passing sent Tommy Talau clear down the left to score a consolation, but the Tigers stay seventh in the standings, with the Eels a point above Penrith Panthers after playing a game more.

The beleaguered Brisbane Broncos lost Corey Oates to injury as they were hammered 48-0 at Wests Tigers after Melbourne Storm thrashed Gold Coast Titans on Friday.

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold said his side had taken a "step in the right direction" after they ended a six-match NRL losing streak with a victory over Canterbury Bulldogs last weekend.

Yet they were torn apart as the Tigers made a dream return to Leichhardt Oval in the rain, scoring nine tries without reply to move up to seventh in the standings.

The hosts breached a fragile Broncos defence all too easily time and again, breezing into a 26-0 half-time lead with a brace of tries for Luciano Leilua and one apiece for David Nofoaluma, Harry Grant and Benji Marshall.

Nofoaluma and team-mates Josh Aloiai and Zac Cini, as well as two staff members, live in an area of Sydney that has seen a rise in confirmed coronavirus cases and were only cleared to play after testing negative for COVID-19.

The Tigers were relentless, Luke Garner crossing either side of scores from Sam McIntyre and Billy Walters, with Moses Mbye on target with six conversions.

Back-rower Oates suffered a leg injury late on in a punishing outing for the Broncos, who are 14th with just three wins from 10 matches.

The Storm also ran riot, extending their winning run to four matches with a 42-6 thumping of the Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Josh Addo-Carr and Nelson Asofa-Solomona scored doubles, while Cameron Munster, Brenko Lee and Brandon Smith also crossed as Melbourne rose to second - level on points with leaders Parramatta Eels.

 

Wests Tigers players and two staff members living in Sydney hotspots have tested negative for coronavirus ahead of Friday's clash against the Brisbane Broncos.

David Nofoaluma, Josh Aloiai and Zac Cini, plus assistant coach Brett Hodgson and video analyst Simon Dwyer, tested negative for COVID-19.

They were required to undertake tests due to living within hotspots in south west Sydney.

"Having returned negative results, both Nofoaluma and Aloiai will be free to play in tonight's round 10 clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Leichhardt Oval," the Tigers said.

Wests Tigers are eighth in the NRL table ahead of their clash with the Broncos.

Dane Gagai plundered a hat-trick as the Rabbitohs saw off Wests Tigers in the NRL, while the Gold Coast Titans halted a wretched losing streak. 

For each of his three tries in South Sydney's 18-10 win at Bankwest Stadium, Gagai dashed in from close range on the right as the Tigers defence proved powerless to deny him the ball. 

Former Wests target Latrell Mitchell also played a starring role for the Rabbitohs, while James Roberts scored a stunning individual effort, crossing in the same corner where Gagai did all his damage. 

Gagai helped the hosts ease out to a 10-0 half-time lead. Roberts snaked his way through soon after half-time, before his team-mate put the Rabbitohs 18-0 in front just before the hour. 

Wests made a fight of the closing stages, tries from Josh Aloiai and Reece Hoffman helping them to reduce the deficit, but they could not claw their way back sufficiently. The Rabbitohs nudged above both their opponents and the Sharks to climb to seventh place. 

The fiery contest saw Mitchell and Wests rival Josh Reynolds, who were at loggerheads early on after a flash point, put on report. 

The Titans scored a 16-12 home win over the New Zealand Warriors, putting a stop to their 10-game run of defeats at Cbus Super Stadium. 

The game looked to be going the Warriors' way after tries from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Ken Maumalo inside the opening 10 minutes allowed them to open a 12-0 advantage. 

Yet the momentum would turn, Anthony Don soon trimming the Warriors' lead, before Sam Stone and Beau Fermor crossed in the second half, the decisive try from the latter arriving six minutes from time.

Brisbane Broncos players were left in tears after Saturday's 26-16 defeat to the New Zealand Warriors consigned them to a sixth successive NRL loss, while the Penrith Panthers moved up to second.

The Broncos were guilty of making numerous rookie errors throughout the contest, with Anthony Milford culpable for one of the biggest in the first half when overplaying and then attempting an offload as he fell to the ground, gifting possession straight back when a try might have been in the offing.

Thomas Flegler then gave the ball away in the second half when the Broncos were in with a chance of retaking the lead – as it was, the Warriors went on to clinch the win with three tries in the final 12 minutes.

The reality of the Broncos' situation was too much for some players at full-time, with Alex Glenn and Brodie Croft seen crying as a sixth defeat on the bounce was confirmed.

There were contrasting emotions for the Panthers, however, as they came out on top 19-12 at Wests Tigers in a tightly contested affair.

A feisty encounter was deadlocked at 12-12 heading into the final stages, but a field goal courtesy of Nathan Cleary in the 71st minute put the pressure back on Tigers and they were unable to rise to the occasion.

Dylan Edwards went over soon after and a Cleary conversion gave the Tigers too much to do, with Penrith going second in the ladder.

The most dominant performance of the day came in Robina, however, as Cronulla Sharks crushed the Gold Coast Titans 40-10 to claim a third consecutive win.

A tight first half saw Cronulla take a slender 12-10 lead into the break, but it was a completely different story in the second period as the Sharks cruised to victory despite having lost full-back Matt Moylan to a hamstring injury, moving them up to seventh.

Bankwest Stadium will host three games in round eight of the NRL season after an inspection was carried out in response to concerns raised over the state of the field.

Sydney Roosters duo Victor Radley and Sam Verrills both suffered serious knee injuries during the first half of their team's 26-12 victory over St George-Illawarra Dragons last Friday.

However, following an independent examination of the playing surface, the venue has been cleared for use.

"We had two really unfortunate season-ending injuries there and no one ever wants to see that," NRL head of football Graham Annesley said.

"The fact they happened so close together did raise questions and the NRL acted quickly. By close of business that night we had organised an independent inspection of the field the next morning.

"That took place and the detailed report we received was an assessment across the field in many different points.

"They took readings for traction, firmness and any other gauge to determine the quality of a professional sporting field.

"All of those readings came back to an acceptable range. The Rugby League Players Association were in attendance for that and they were satisfied."

Annesley also confirmed that plans to replace the field have been moved forward, adding: "They started that process late last night. By the time we get to round eight this week it will effectively be a brand new surface."

Parramatta Eels against North Queensland Cowboys will kick off the action at the ground on Friday. 

Wests Tigers will then take on table-topping Penrith Panthers the following day, while the trio of fixtures at Bankwest Stadium will be completed on Sunday when the Canterbury Bulldogs meet the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Meanwhile, a number of clubs have been granted permission to play at their respective homes again.

Canberra Raiders are to host the Dragons at GIO Stadium, Gold Coast Titans will be back at Cbus Super Stadium for their clash with Cronulla Sharks and Manly Sea Eagles return to Lottoland to take on Newcastle Knights.

Wests Tigers piled on the misery for Canterbury Bulldogs as Cronulla Sharks continued their upward curve in Sunday's NRL action. 

Reimis Smith's try saw the struggling Bulldogs open the scoring at Bankwest Stadium but they failed to muster any further points following Jake Averillo's successful conversion.

The Tigers roared back to run out convincing 34-6 winners and move into the top eight. The final margin of victory would have been even greater had they not missed four kicks at goal during the rout.

Still, Tommy Talau and David Nofoaluma both crossed twice - the former had never previously registered a try in the competition - to make sure Michael Maguire's side recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in 2020.

In the early game, Cronulla Sharks made it three wins out of four outings in June by crushing Manly Sea Eagles. 

Shaun Johnson was influential in the 40-22 victory, setting up two of his side's seven tries as well as kicking six goals. Sione Katoa crossed twice for the Sharks, who were winless at the start of the month. 

Addin Fonua-Blake scored two of Manly's four tries but the Sea Eagles struggled without absent trio Tom Trbojevic, Dylan Walker and Moses Suli.

Reigning NRL champions Sydney Roosters ended Parramatta Eels' perfect start to the 2020 season with a 24-10 victory. 

The Roosters, who have triumphed in the previous two Grand Finals, have now won four on the bounce to mark an excellent recovery from the back-to-back defeats they suffered in the opening two games. 

Trent Robinson's side prevailed in a thrilling contest in Sydney despite surrendering an 8-0 half-time lead to trail 10-8 with less than 20 minutes left. 

Brett Morris touched down for the only try of a first half in which Kyle Flanagan added another four points with the boot. 

But the Eels, in confident mood following five consecutive wins, roared back into the contest after the break, Michael Jennings' score making him only the 13th player to reach 150 NRL tries. 

Maika Sivo then steamrollered James Tedesco en route to a converted score that left the Roosters playing catch-up. 

However, even with Tedesco sidelined, the Roosters rose to the challenge. Boyd Cordner and Daniel Tupou crossed, with Flanagan kicking another eight points to settle matters. 

Wests Tigers produced a dominant first-half showing to down North Queensland Cowboys 36-20. 

The Tigers ran in six tries to rack up 34 unanswered points before the break, with the Cowboys restoring some respectability in the second half. 

Zane Musgrove, who later went off injured, set the tone with the opening try in the first minute. Joseph Leilua, Luke Brooks, Josh Aloiai, Robert Jennings and Moses Mbye also touched down. 

A spirited reply after the interval, led by Kyle Feldt's double, cut the deficit but the Cowboys still slipped to a third loss in a row. 

In Saturday's other fixture, Gold Coast Titans' miserable season continued with a 20-8 loss to St George Illawarra Dragons. 

The Titans sit bottom after just one win from six games, while the Dragons have now won two on the bounce after falling to defeat in their first four. 

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