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Tigers run down Raiders in Canberra

By Crystal Ja 04/04/2010 07:27:01 PM Comments (0)

A half-time spray from coach Tim Sheens helped Wests Tigers come from behind to record a 35-22 NRL victory over Canberra at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

The Tigers trailed 22-10 at the interval and looked out for the count after an impressive opening 40 minutes from the Raiders.

But a sudden turnaround, led by the Tigers' skipper Robbie Farah and in-form five-eighth Benji Marshall - who chalked up 16 points - saw the visitors run in four unanswered second-half tries to seal a comprehensive 13-point win.

Liam Fulton, just back from injury, put the game out of the Raiders' clutches with his second try of the game with two minutes to spare, before fullback Beau Ryan added to hosts' pain with another four-pointer right on the buzzer.

Tigers mentor Tim Sheens, who celebrated his 300th first grade victory as a coach, was full of praise for his players, but refused to get carried away following his side's third victory in four games.

"To the credit of the senior blokes, who I gave a bit of a kick to the arse to at halftime ... took a bit more control of what we were doing," Sheens said.

"That's character.

"You can say maybe we didn't deserve to win based on our first half, but on our second half we did.

"And it's about playing two halves of football."

The Tigers had spent all week talking about the importance of restricting the Raiders to a quiet start, but failed to heed their own advice.

Twenty minutes into the game, the Raiders had stunned the visitors and led 16-0 with a series of missed opportunities behind them.

But, as Sheens put it, the gods appeared to favour the Tigers in small ways.

A desperate offload to Marshall in the dying seconds of the first half that led to a try, was critical in keeping the Tigers in the game, but Farah admitted he was lucky it came off.

"It was one of those plays where, if it doesn't pull off, I get kicked up the backside by the coach," the captain conceded.

And Farah, who scored the first of his side's four second-half tries, said he was disappointed at the Tigers' slow start to the game, given the attention they had paid to it during the week.

"We spoke about it all week ... about going with them from the opening kick off, but I could sense in the warm up for some reason we were flat," he said.

"But credit to us, we knew we had points in us."

The third-placed Tigers are now 3-1 ahead of another tough road trip against North Queensland next week.

Meanwhile, the Raiders were left to rue the one that got away as they slumped to their third defeat of the season.

"We had our hands around their throat and all of a sudden, somehow, they got out of it," skipper Alan Tongue said.

Canberra will also travel next week, meeting the out-of-form Eels at Parramatta Stadium.

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