Talbot has rebounded from the devastation of its round two after-the-siren defeat to Natte Bealiba in comprehensive fashion, defeating Royal Park by 54 points on Sunday.
After a slow start proved costly in the round two defeat to the Swans, the Hawks made no such mistake against the Tigers, breaking away to an early lead to lay claim to an eventual 14.12 (96) to 6.6 (42) win.
Returning to Talbot Recreation Reserve for the second consecutive week, the Hawks burst out of the blocks in what developed into a game-deciding lead, booting 5.4 (34) against a shell-shocked Royal Park that could manage just one point in response.
The Tigers gathered their composure in the second quarter and launched somewhat of a comeback, kicking four goals while holding Talbot to two to narrow the margin to just 20 points at halftime.
The game descended into a contested arm wrestle in the third quarter as Talbot managed to kick just one goal, while Royal Park was held to just one point for the second time in the game. The Hawks eventually won the battle of nutrition in the final term, overpowering the Tigers to kick six goals while Royal Park managed two.
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