Tigers end losing streak at Rabbitohs' expense


Jordan Rankin claimed a double as Wests Tigers beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-22 at ANZ Stadium to end their six-game NRL losing streak and consign Michael Maguire's side to a fourth defeat in a row.

The Tigers came into the game on the back of a 60-6 mauling at the hands of Canberra Raiders and lost five-eighth Mitchell Moses to a quad injury in the warm-up on Thursday, but claimed their first win since seeing off Manly Sea Eagles on March 14.

James Tedesco scored the first of six tries for Wests but also suffered a shoulder injury, with Rankin replacing him at full-back and going on to touch down in a second half which saw the Bunnies mount a fightback but fail to end their dismal run.

Tedesco set the ball rolling with his ninth try of the season which put him out on his own as the leading scorer in the NRL, with Rankin, Luke Brooks and Kevin Naiqama also touching down in the first 20 minutes as the Tigers raced into a 20-0 lead.

A converted Kirisome Auva'a try reduced the deficit to 20-6 at half-time and the 2014 champions trailed by only two points at 20-18 following further scores from Bryson Goodwin and Dane Nielson.

Wests got a second wind and Rankin went over again in a frantic second half and converted to take his tally to 14 points before David Nofoaluma touched down in the corner to give Wests breathing space and ensure Goodwin's second try was in vain.