Impressive Raiders gun down Tigers

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    Wests Tigers’ early season woes continued on Monday night when Canberra inflicted a third loss in four games upon the pre-season NRL premiership favourites at Campbelltown Stadium.

    The Raiders chalked up a comfortable 30-16 victory, their first win in eight against the joint venture, thanks to two tries from Jarrod Croker and four-pointers from Josh McCrone, Jarrod Croker, Sam Mataora and skipper Terry Campese.

    Campese was impressive throughout for his side, who were missing fullback Josh Dugan and influential backrower Shaun Fensom, and easily won the battle of the five-eighths with Benji Marshall.

    Marshall was unable to assert any significant influence over the game as the Tigers desperately missed the presence of skipper Robbie Farah around the ruck.

    Tigers coach Tim Sheens shifted Tim Moltzen to fullback and drafted young Jacob Miller into halfback in an attempt to kickstart his misfiring attack.

    However, it was the visitors who started the brighter with McCrone latching onto a sweet pass from Campese with just five minutes on the clock.

    The Tigers hit back when Gareth Ellis charged over from close range six minutes later, and Miller gave the hosts the lead when he latched onto a loose ball, which he appeared to have knocked forward.

    Croker hit back for the visitors when he raced 75 metres just before halftime after Campese hauled in a Benji Marshall grubber-kick just in front of his own line and offloaded to the centre, who outpaced Moltzen to touch down.

    The Raiders came racing out of the traps after the interval and their dominance was rewarded when Mataora brushed aside three players to score six minutes after the restart.

    Campese sealed the win with a fourth try for the visitors 13 minutes from fulltime and Croker added his second shortly after to add some gloss to the scoreline before Moltzen added a late consolation for the hosts.

    Croker kicked five goals for the Raiders, with Marshall kicking two for Tigers.

    Raiders coach David Furner hailed the performance of Campese, who spent most of last season on the sidelines with knee, groin and pectoral injuries.

    “He’s a player who you need to be touching the ball as much as possible and I thought his control and leadership was very good,” Furner said.

    “It was a good knock by the skipper.”

    Australia and Queensland forward David Shillington was forced out of the game early in the second half after tearing an oblique muscle, and is expected to be on the sidelines for at least two weeks.

    Josh Papalii also limped out with a thigh injury and Furner said his side learned lessons from last week’s loss to Sydney Roosters where they lost three players before halftime.

    “We lost Shillo and Josh Papalii and we talked about handling that type of adversity after last week and we did,” he said.

    “It’s a good win, and the players deserved it.”

    Wests Tigers coach Sheens lamented his side’s indiscipline as they went down 8-3 in the penalty count in addition to missing 40 tackles compared to just nine by the Raiders.

    “You’ve got to be able to defend and tonight we didn’t,” Sheens said.

    “But you’ve got to keep working at it.”

    “It’s (a tough start) but we’ve been in these positions before and we’ve been criticised by everybody and sundry and we’ve fought our way out of it.”

    Tigers centre Chris Lawrence was put on report for a lifting tackle on Jack Wighton, who was also sanctioned for a high shot on Marshall.

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    • March 27th 2012 @ 6:02am
      Al said | March 27th 2012 @ 6:02am | ! Report

      Woeful performance by the tigers… Very impressed by miller, worth sticking with over moltzen I believe, maybe they should practice some defence at training once in a while.

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    • March 27th 2012 @ 10:13am
      Bigbaz said | March 27th 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      That was woeful.Check the betting slips.

    • March 27th 2012 @ 11:35am
      Renegade said | March 27th 2012 @ 11:35am | ! Report

      Raiders were outstanding….Tigers look terrible, but they generally do start the year bad just not this bad. They should be 0-4 like parra at the moment and if it wasn’t for the blunder in round 1 they would be.

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      March 27th 2012 @ 1:16pm
      peeeko said | March 27th 2012 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

      can anyone comment on the form of Adam Bair?, i am stuck in the USA and havent been able to watch many games. but from a stats point of view he has very little hit ups and tackles for a guy that plays 80 minutes

    • March 27th 2012 @ 1:33pm
      eamon said | March 27th 2012 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

      Raiders played very well, they were on fire, i hope they play like that for the rest of the year they were great.
      Tigers can take a lot of positives out of the performance. With the amount of ball the Raiders had Canberra could easily have scored a lot more points, the Tigers scrambled well.
      Joel Reddy looked good and has plenty to offer.
      The fullback i think it was Tom Humble, showed confidence and a quick hard pass on run around moves to get Marshall the ball wide, Marshall has great hands and has no problems with the hard ball, i think this combination can result in points for Wests over the next few games.
      I think Adam Blair is still getting the hang of a different team, he may just need to focus on the basics until he gets into the groove.

    • March 27th 2012 @ 2:22pm
      PLANKO said | March 27th 2012 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

      Adam blair has post Melbourne blues ….

      Seriously though it is not “Adam Blair” that is creating these results. Tigers are not good at the hard stuff and have not been for a while. Played great against Manly once they were set an almost an impossible task. They relaxed and played their natural game. Tigers have been similar to the Warriors when they “play” they look great but so often they call in sick. Just what is looks like I from watching they are missing a hard front rower at the moment.

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