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Live: Wests Tigers v Raiders


Phil Mitchell

The Canberra Raiders take on Wests Tigers in the NRL's Round 15 at Campbelltown Stadium.

Jarrod Croker said the Raiders were unruffled by the Blake Ferguson incident earlier in the week, and were fully focused on performing in tonight's game.

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

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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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

37 min: Repeated handling errors from the Raiders are keeping the Tigers in the contest. They travel about as well as troublesome toddlers at times, don't they?

34 min: The Tigers' injury curse continues with hooker Masada Iosefa forced off with a serious arm injury. Fulton will slot into dummy half.

33 min: Outstanding kick by McCrone forces a Tigers drop out. The Raiders have taken control of this match in the past 15 minutes.

31 min: Chris Lawrence  is on for the Tigers.

27 min: The Raiders create an overlap on their right and slick passing from Josh McCrone and Jack Wighton puts the "Quinoa (keenwah) Kid", Sandor Earl, over in the corner. Jarrod Croker raises the flags from the sidelines and we have a new leader. RAIDERS 6-4.

23 min: Sloppy period of the match with three handling errors in about two minutes.

20 min: Tigers threaten the Raiders' line again but Nofoaluma fails to handle a Marshall cross-field bomb. The 19-year-old Campbelltown Collegians junior is fast becoming a go-to man for the Tigers.

18 min: Raiders goes awfully close to hitting back but prop Brett White loses the ball near the line.

13 min: Great hands from Liam Fulton and Sean Meaney creates an opportunity for young winger David Nofoaluma, who does superbly to power over in the right corner. That makes it four tries in only five NRL matches for the former under-20s star. Benji Marshall fails to convert but that's a great start for the Tigers. TIGERS 4-0.

11 min: Handling error by the Raiders on halfway gives the Tigers a chance to attack the Canberra line. Terry Campese would like to have that pass to Jarrod Croker over again.

6 min: Nice touch by Tigers players tonight, each of whom is wearing their junior club's socks. Some players such as Curtis Sironen, who played for multiple clubs, are wearing odd socks. Can't say I've seen that NRL level before!

Meanwhile, there was a massive all-in stink earlier this evening in the under-20s match, in which two players were sent off and two players sent off. Click on the link below for the full story:

3 min: Uneventful opening with both sides safely getting through their opening sets.

1 min: And we're under way, with the Tigers kicking off.

Players making their way on to Campbelltown Stadium. Standby for kick-off.

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's match as the Tigers return to Campbelltown for the first time in almost two months to take on the Raiders. Great news for Tigers fans with Chris Lawrence cleared to come back from a hamstring injury he suffered against the Broncos at this ground in round seven. Lawrence, who will start from the bench, is one of two late changes to the Tigers' side, with Sean Meaney coming at fullback for the injured James Tedesco. The new Tigers' line-up appears below.

The Raiders are as per the program.

Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 13 2012 - Tigers 40 bt Raiders 0 at Canberra Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 15 Raiders 10
Referees: Adam Devcich, Alan Shortall
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB Sportsbet:
Tigers $3.00 Raiders $1.35
FootyTab: Tigers +4.5

Phil Mitchell writes: The Tigers can’t take a trick on the injury front this season. Not a week seems to go by when they don’t lose a player - this time it’s Braith Anasta, who has been ruled out for three weeks because of shoulder damage. It’s the last thing the Tigers needed this weekend as they will already be without Blues pair Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods. The last time the Tigers played at this ground, centre Chris Lawrence tore a hamstring and has not played since, but he may be a late inclusion on Saturday. While Canberra won the corresponding match in 2012, they have lost eight of their past nine games against the Tigers. But with their front row beefed up by Queensland discard David Shillington, the Raiders should be too strong for the home side.

Phil's tip: Raiders by 16

AAP writes: Blake Ferguson’s indecent assault charge is an unwelcome distraction for the Raiders as they look to win just their second away game this season. They’ve lost the NSW Origin winger for at least four weeks as well as enforcer Josh Papalii (Origin) for the clash, meaning their right edge won’t be as effective. The second last-placed Tigers will find it tough to build momentum without prop Aaron Woods and skipper Robbie Farah, who also have Origin duty. But the Tigers have won two of their past three matches and this could be the upset of the round.

Key: Prop David Shillington, who was dropped from the Maroons squad for teammate Papalii, will be out to prove a point.

TIGERS: Sean Meaney, David Nofoaluma, Blake Ayshford, Joel Reddy, Tim Simona, Benji Marshall (capt), Curtis Sironen, Ava Seumanufugai, Masada Iosefa, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Bodene Thompson, Sauaso Sue. Interchange: Jack Buchanan, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Shaun Spence, Chris Lawrence.

RAIDERS: Reece Robinson, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, Dane Tilse, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Joel Edwards, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Anthony Milford, Jarrad Kennedy, David Shillington, Paul Vaughan.

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  • Tigers,Raiders,is an intense game.I do not have Foxtel anymore.Have watched two games of AFL today and am now watching rugby.Whats going on NRL

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    June 22, 2013, 8:55PM

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