ANTONIO Kaufusi was one pleased coach yesterday afternoon at Salter Oval.
Demanding a response from his players after their loss last week to Past Brothers, his team responded with a 42-18 win over the Wallaroos.
Leading throughout the match, the Tigers held off the challenge of the Roos to record their fourth win of the season.
Two tries to Rueben Baillie in a best-on-ground performance kept the team firmly entrenched in the top four.
Talking to the NewsMail after the clash, Kaufusi said the team bounced back well.
"Early in the week when we got back to training I was pretty disappointed with the tries in the middle against Brothers," he said.
"To their credit the boys stuck to the game plan and got through it to win."
They didn't have it all their way, though, as Wallaroos had plenty of chances to score.
Unfortunately for the Roos, the Tigers' strong defence held them up twice during the contest.
"There was a 10-minute period where it would have been easy for them to give up," Kaufusi said.
"We had some big efforts with the boys holding the Wallaroos up on the goal-line," he said.
He added if his team got an opportunity to play well, they would be hard to beat.
"I've got no doubt if we get equal possession we'll be a hard team to stop," he said.
"This week was the kind of attitude I was trying to bring across at the start of the week."
As for the Wallaroos, they were disappointed with their effort.
Coach Peter Waters said the team was outplayed by the Tigers.
"We were more out-enthused in the overall game," he said.
"The Waves were a lot better in the ruck, they dominated the ruck; which made a big difference."
He added it was hard for his side to come back due to errors and a lack of metres in the team.
"When you concede metres to a team that can throw the footy around you are always going to struggle," he said.
"The boys put in the effort but there was too much drop ball early.
"We were on the backfoot from the word go and that's how the game went."
Despite the result Waters had plenty of praise for one young player.
"Our fullback Joey Alberts was very competitive," he said.
"He'd have to be a certainty for the under-20 47th Battalion team if it isn't already named."
In the other match yesterday, Easts recorded their first win of the season, 46-12 over Isis.
There will be a report of that match in tomorrow's NewsMail.
Hervey Bay 30 (A Boney 2, C Wicks, J McCrea, B Stefaniuk, W Elemani tries; C Horne 2 goals, C Wicks 1 goal) def Western Suburbs 22 (L Kynuna 2, D Moran, J Tanner, T Whaleboat tries; J Tanner 1 goal)
ATW Tigers 42 (R Baillie 2, C Rose, T Nguyen, M Losefa, D McLennan, C Georgiu, R Nena tries; D McLennan 5 goals) def Wallaroos 18 (L Waters 2, K Rowles tries; J Horder 3 goals)
Eastern Suburbs 46 (A Duffy, C Stibbards, K Stibbards, J Johnson, R Maughan, R Zysk, C Gazzard, J Keven, N Tanner tries; T Ward 4 goals, J Keven 1 goal) def Isis Devils 12 (J Rowan, R Stahn tries; R Stahn 1 goal)