Jack Harbidge reviews the Round 25 clash between Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval…
Wests Tigers 10
Tries: Daine Laurie (45), Ken Maumalo (48).
Goals: Adam Doueihi (46).
Canberra Raiders 56
Tries: Hudson Young 2 (20, 53), Matthew Timoko (5), Sebastian Kris (9), Nick Cotric (12), Jordan Rapana (20), Xavier Savage (28), Jamal Fogarty (31), Josh Papalii (67).
Goals: Jamal Fogarty (6, 11, 13, 21, 27, 30, 32, 55, 68, 78).
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The Canberra Raiders completed a demolition of the Wests Tigers (winless in their last five games) with a seven-try first half raid to rapidly put the game out of reach of the home side.
The spree kicked off just over five minutes in with Matthew Timoko getting on the end of an unpredictable grubber into the in-goal area. Soon after the Raiders produced a shift to the left for Jordan Rapana to break down the right wing and produce a pass to Sebastian Kris at the fullback for the centre to muscle his way over despite Daine Laurie’s unwavering defensive effort.
Nic Cotric made a break off the ensuing kick-off and set the wheels in motion for a set up the whole pitch. At the end of which Cotric finished off a move down the Raiders’ right hand edge to extend the visitors’ lead to 16.
Jordan Rapana dotted down soon after off the back of an offload from Kris, while Hudson Young took advantage of some lacklustre Tigers defence from short range. Xavier Savage got on the end of a deft kick from Matt Frawley to extend his side’s lead to 36 points and Jamal Fogarty backed the try up a couple of minutes after to land the final points before half-time.
The second half saw a marked effort from Wests Tigers to come back from the 42-point deficit, which culminated in Laurie crossing off the back of an incisive line and some fine handling. Ken Maumalo added to the Tigers’ tally with a straightforward finish down the right wing, before Canberra took control again and got a try back through Young – his second of the game.
The pressure continued and finally told through Josh Papalii, who muscled over from short range to register the last of Canberra’s nine tries. Finally, Rapana topped up the Raiders’ winning margin just shy of full time with a penalty goal off the back of a Zane Musgrove sin bin, making the final score 56-10 to the Canberra Raiders.
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3 pts – Hudson Young (Raiders), 2 pts – Joseph Tapine (Raiders), 1 pt – Jordan Rapana (Raiders)
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