WESTS Tigers young guns were on target, scoring eight tries to destroy Canberra and claim the National Youth Championship premiership in the grand final on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.
Under the guidance of former Tigers prop, a premiership-winning player in 2005, Todd Payten, the young Tigers team were as good in defence as they were in attack, restricting the Raiders to a single try during their 46-6 victory.
Payten's first premiership as coach has come in his first year coaching the under 20s.
He was proud of his players' performances and said many have the potential to further their careers in rugby league at the top level.
"I reckon 10 or 11 have the potential to play in the NRL," Payten said.
"I've always said that our group has probably got a higher number than usual."
Canberra opened the scoring in the eighth minute through a try to their halfback Mitchell Cornish but that was the last time the Tigers defensive line was breached.
Kurtis Rowe, Marika Koroibete and Matt Mulcahy scored two tries each and David Nofoaluma and Mosese Fotuaika both added a try.
Halfback Jacob Miller landed seven goals.
Nofoaluma, who played his junior footy with Campbelltown Collegians, put Tigers into the lead with his team's second try.
Other locals who featured in the Tigers squad included Andy Fiagatusa and Inno Inosesio — who both played as a juniors with East Campbelltown — Sauaso Sue, who played with Macquarie Field Hawks and Shane Lalogafau, who was a Western Suburbs rugby league product.
Tigers' five-eighth Matt Mulcahy won the Jack Gibson Medal for best player on the ground with an outstanding game, scoring two tries and playing a lead role in several others.
Winger Marika Koroibete who played several NRL games for the Tigers this year, showed his blistering speed when he dashed 65 metres to cross for his second try.
The Tigers led 18-6 at the break ND piled on the points during a dominant second-half display.