GALLERY: West-Pes on fire in Tigers demolition job
FOOTY teams dread nights like these: frigid cold, a long bus ride, down on numbers and an opposition in red-hot form.
So it was for Monto Roos, who entered the belly of the beast in Mundubbera on Friday night and were spat out 0-72, conceding 13 tries against a rampant Tigers.
Half-back Daniel West-Pes was untouchable the moment he was given space, running in an unbelievable five tries for the match.
The carnage started at the seven-minute mark, when an incisive Bailey Kimber run split the defence, for West-Pes to gallop in the first, followed quickly by Blake Jackson, who was the beneficiary of a 60m-run from dummy-half Maraga Lohia.
West-Pes saved his best work to bring up his hat-trick, with an outrageous show-and-go fooling the left side defence.
Tigers were up 46-0 at half-time and must have surely entertained fantasies of bringing up triple figures, but the Roos came out firing in the second half, putting Tigers under unbelievable pressure.
Martin Bowman came within centimetres of scoring Roos' first try, but after he was repelled, Roos never got as close again.
Roos were hurt by the absence of big forwards to stand up to the brawny Tigers.
That job was left to the Dahtlers, Tyson and Jarod, who threw themselves into the defensive line again and again, with support from fullback Oscar Strang and Bowman.
Tigers coach Shannon Steinhardt was satisfied with a complete performance.
"I'm very happy with the boys,” he said.
"They used the ball well, especially in the first half, they found a lot of space out wide.”
He said running out of dummy-half was something the team discussed prior to the game.
"If you back yourself in the last 10-15 minutes when the opposition is tired, you can make a lot of ground through the ruck area,” Steinhardt said.
"To Monto's credit, in the second half, for a team with only a few reserves, they came out and stuck it to us.”
Tigers have now secured the minor premiership and a home grand final, which will be played on Saturday, August 17.