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Jarrod Croker said the Raiders were unruffled by the incident involving Blake Ferguson earlier in the week, and were ...
Jarrod Croker said the Raiders were unruffled by the incident involving Blake Ferguson earlier in the week, and were fully focused on performing in tonight's game. Photo: Ian Hitchcock
Drought broken: Joel Reddy celebrates his first try of the season with winger Tim Simona.
Drought broken: Joel Reddy celebrates his first try of the season with winger Tim Simona. Photo: Getty Images
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Tigers score their third victory in four matches, overcoming a 12-6 second-half deficit and the absence of their NSW stars Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods, as well as a host of injured stars, to win 17-12. Big rap for Benji Marshall, whose future at the club remains under a cloud. He stepped up big time in the second half, especially with the boot. The Raiders' woes away from Canberra Stadium continue, slumping to  1-7 away this season compared to 6-0 at home. It's a record they must improve otherwise they can kiss their top-four chances goodbye.

80 min: Meaney safe under the bomb inside his in-goal with 30 seconds to go. Tigers 20m tap.

78 min: Penalty to the  Raiders, who find touch just inside their own half.

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75 min: Tigers go over again, winger Tim Simona scoring from a Joel Reddy kick that deflected off the leg of the Quinoa Kid (Sandor Earl). Marshall falls to add the extras from almost the same spot that he kicked his last goal. There's still hope for the Raiders.

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74 min: Joel Thompson penalised and put on report for a shoulder charge on Marshall as he made a clearing kick.

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72 min: Tigers hit the front with a Marshall field goal on the last tackle. He'd get three for those if he defects to rugby, as speculated this week! Plenty of time for the Raiders to hit back, though.

69 min: Error from Tim Simona on the first tackle inside his 20m puts Canberra on the attack. But Milford loses the ball near the line and the Tigers have the ball back.

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65 min: Centre Joel Reddy breaks his try drought for the season, bursting on to a deft pass from Sironen to score in the corner. And the teams are level again after a cracking conversion from Marshall. 12-12

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58 min: The Tigers' defence cracks with Robinson putting Anthony Milford over between the posts. Controversial try because Robinson was allowed to play on despite appearing to have been tackled by Blake Ayshford. Croker converts. RAIDERS 12-6.

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56 min: They can't manage a try but Terry Campese produces the next best thing: a dropout.

55 min: Relieving penalty for the Raiders inside their 20m. Let's see if they can make something of it.

51 min: Big play from the Tigers forcing a handling error from Robinson as he hurtled towards the touch line inside the home side's 20m.

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48 min: Marshall levels the scores with a 35m penalty goal after the Raiders were pinged for a play-the-ball offence. Nice reward for a solid start to the second half by the Tigers, apart from the Meaney error. 6-6.

44 min: No damage done, though, as Wighton spills a long hospital pass from McCrone.

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43 min: It's bucketing down at Campbelltown and Meaney puts his team under pressure, knocking on at dummy half inside his own half.

41 min: The Raiders kick off to get the second half under way.

Here's how Fairfax scribe (and wannabe Australian cricketer) Michael Chammas saw the first half:

It's been a pretty scrappy game in front of another poor crowd here in Campbelltown. You'd think people had something better to do. I can't think of anything on tonight worthy of upstaging this blockbuster. Both coaches were furious on the way down to the sheds at the break. I think Canberra have enough experience in their side to hold on to win this. Not many points scored in the first half but I'm tipping a big half from Reece Robinson to be the difference.

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RAIDERS 6 (Sandor Earl try; Jarrod Croker goal) lead TIGERS 4 (David Noafoaluma try). Great start by the Tigers before the Raiders dominated the final 25 minutes. If not for handling errors letting the Tigers off the hook, the Raiders would probably be ahead by more. The loss of Masada Iosefa with a suspected broken arm is the last thing the Tigers needed.

39 min: Raiders unsuccessfully roll the dice on the first tackle inside the Tigers' 20m, with Reece Robinson's grubber kick for Earl trickling harmlessly into touch. Coach David Furner shakes his head in frustration.

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