With a fresh look and sitting at fourth on the competition ladder the Tigers were feeling confident.
According to Eruera Keepa, “We have so many new faces within the side, but it’s up to us, the old members to carry on and help the team.”
“It’s a team fuelled on mana and pride, so we really wanted to succeed today.”
The Tigers achieved that in the first half of the match with Isaac Robinson crossing the line to try. Horizon Albert scored a try on the final tackle, to help the Tigers take the lead at halftime 22 – 0.
The Tigers applied the pressure again in the second half with Namu Puru crossing the line. However the Panthers didn't give up, and kept charging at the line. That persistence got the Panthers a try in the 17th minute of the half.
Both teams were excellent on defence, defending their line so no one would score in the final 20 minutes of the match.
At the full time whistle the Tigers walked away with the win 26 - 6.
Eruera Keepa says, “We’re really happy because we’re peaking at the best time of the year, despite us losing a few games in the past few weeks, we’re happy we’re back on track.”
The Tigers will head into a bye this weekend, where the Panthers will face Tūrangawaewae.