Tigers and Wests lose top-eight spots
Semi-final contenders Sydney Tigers and Western Suburbs both dropped out of the top eight in the Australian Rugby League premiership after defeats yesterday.
Rated at long odds to make the final series at the start of the year, the Tigers and the Magpies went into the round with high hopes and each led their respective matches for long periods.
But the Magpies went down 24-22 to South Queensland in a thriller, while the Tigers lost to St George 30-19 in controversial circumstances.
Wins by Canberra and Auckland have seen them climb into the top eight, although the Tigers and Wests are still in the running.
In a see-sawing game, the Crushers just outlasted Wests to record their second consecutive win - equalling the club record.
The Tigers were clinging to a 16-14 lead six minutes into the second half, when their classy centre Mike Dorreen was sent off for a high tackle in what proved the turning point of the match, as the Saints quickly took command.
Manly had few troubles outclassing Illawarra 16-8 in Wollongong to stay top.