Tigers too good
MURWILLUMBAH'S Anthony Laffranchi starred for the Wests Tigers as the joint-merger club completed the fairytale with a 30-16 win over North Queensland in last night's NRL grand final at Telstra Stadium.
Laffranchi was one of five try scorers for the Tigers as the club became the first team since 1908 to win the premiership trophy on finals debut.
The former Mt St Patrick College student was inspirational, again leading the charge from the front in the biggest game of his career.
His try five minutes into the second half, crashing over from close to the line, gave his side an 18-6 lead and from there they were never headed.
"It's awesome,"Laffranchi said after the game.
"It's a dream come true."
The Tigers' win was set up by a touch of Benji Marshall brilliance towards the end of the first half which gave them a 12-6 halftime lead.
With the scores locked at 6-6 five minutes before the break, Marshall received the ball three metres out from his own line before orchestrating one of the great grand final tries, a 97-metre special.
The gifted young five-eighth showcased all his fancy footwork to leave three defenders in his wake and then delivered a magic flick pass for rugged winger Pat Richards, who bumped off Cowboys replacement Rod Jensen on his way to the line.