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Tigers leave it late to see off Raiders

By Ian Mccullough 20/06/2010 06:38:00 PM Comments (0)

Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah credited the raucous Leichhardt Oval crowd for helping his side edge out Canberra 18-8 in a nail-biting NRL encounter on Sunday.

The Tigers trailed 8-6 with five minutes remaining before Beau Ryan and Daniel Fitzhenry sent the 19,428 crowd wild with two late tries to deny a determined Canberra outfit.

Tim Sheens' side dominated large spells of the game, but were let down by some wayward passing which saw them bomb at least four potential tries, with Lote Tuqiri a major culprit.

"We might get Lote out there practising his passes, he has been in rugby too long and he has forgotten how!" quipped Farah after the game.

Farah was outstanding out of dummy half and said the crowd played a huge role in the win, suggesting his side would have lost had the game been played elsewhere.

"At one stage there in the second half we were doing it tough and they really got behind us," he said.

"We love playing here, the crowd here are unbelievable, it doesn't get better than winning a game on a Sunday arvo at Leichhardt Oval, it is what footy is all about.

"There was a stage we put a kick in and made a kick chase and with the crowd behind us, you could see the line speed lift and I think if we had played somewhere else we would not have won that game."

Sheens admitted his side's fourth successive win was a bit too close for comfort but saluted his players' commitment after being frustrated by the Raiders for most of the game.

"It is a game we wouldn't have won last year, he said.

"You know when I am stressed when I go from coaches box to sideline, but it was a game last year we might have lost, but I have to give credit to the boys it is not easy to come back off the bye," said Sheens.

Raiders coach David Furner cut a disconsolate figure and said the loss was the toughest of the season.

"I don't think they deserved that last try, the team put in a lot of effort and in those sort of tight games you have to take your chances and we didn't do that when we had them," Furner said.

"I think we had their measure quite well but all we can do is turn it around and look to next week."

The Raiders were also hit with the loss of Scott Logan, who lasted just two minutes after coming off the interchange bench when he broke his wrist.

"That was a big blow for us, we only had 16 men for most of the game," Furner said.

Tiger Chris Heighington will face a nervous wait after he was put on report for a spear tackle on Bronson Harrison midway through the second half.

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