Canberra Raiders 27
Tries: Bill Tupou, Jack Wighton, Josh Papalii, Anthony Milford
Goals: Jarrod Croker (5/5)
Field Goals: Anthony Milford (1/1)
Wests Tigers 12
Tries: Blake Austin, Martin Taupau.
Goals: Pat Richards (2/2)
The Canberra Raiders recorded two wins in a row for the first time this season with a 27-12 victory over Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on Saturday.
With the visitors blooding two debutants – Asipeli Fine and Brenden Santi- there was hope among the playing group that they could end their season with some respectable results but that would not be the case.
It was the home side who scored first when a cross-field kick from Mitch Cornish found Bill Tupou who finished it off in the 2nd minute.
Jarrod Croker added the extras for a 6-0 lead.
A 40/20 from Robbie Farah in the 23rd minute put the Tigers in a great position but they failed to capatalise.
It was a half of errors from the Tigers and any chance of scoring was met with poor mistakes. Those mistakes came back to bite them when Jack Wighton was handed a smart ball from Cornish which allowed him to stroll over.
Croker made no mistake for a 12-0 lead.
The Tigers had one more chance before half-time through an intercept from Pat Richards but it wasn’t going to be as the home side went into the sheds at 12-0.
The Raiders started on fire when Wighton made a break from the kick-off but the Tigers regrouped to keep the game within 12 points.
In the 56th minute, the Tigers finally got on the board after countless errors. Blake Austin used the show-and-go to beat Anthony Milford and score in the corner.
Richards added the two points to trail 12-6.
The big winger undid his good work by giving a penalty away which allowed Croker to push the lead out to 14-6.
With 18 minutes remaining, the Tigers roared back into contention when Martin Taupau dived over next to the posts.
Pat Richards again converted to bring the game to 14-12.
Canberra didn’t allow the momentum to shift when Anthony Milford sent Josh Papalii over with a no-look pass that beat the Tigers defenders.
Another conversion for Croker made it 20-12 with 15 minutes to go.
A chance for the Tigers best player on the night, Blake Austin, with the game in its final stages was stopped by some desperate defence and a field goal and length of the field try from Milford sealed the victory for the home side and allowed them to push further away from the wooden spoon.