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Wests Tigers Vs. Canberra
2016 NRL Premiership Season, 5 September, 2016
|Leichhardt Oval, NSW|
|Canberra 52 defeated Wests Tigers 10|
|Referee: Maxwell, J|
|Touch judges: Younis, J & Roby, T|
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The Raiders once again flex their muscle as they put the Tigers to the sword, 52-10. The Tigers were utterly destroyed this afternoon in front of their Leichhardt faithful.
That means the Titans will play in the finals and deservedly so. The Sharks meanwhile must now travel to Canberra to beat a Raiders team that is firing on all cylinders. A big ask.
Raiders – 52
Tigers – 10
The Wests Tigers will secure a place in next week’s finals series if they defeat the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval today. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 2pm AEST.
With the Titans falling to the Cowboys last night, the Tigers will secure the eighth finals spot on the NRL ladder with victory against the Raiders.
Anything less than victory, however, will condemn the Tigers to a premature end to another promising, yet frustrating, NRL season.
With everything to play for, expect the hosts to give their all against a genuine premiership threat this afternoon.
The Raiders are arguably the best attacking team in the NRL and won’t make things easy for a Tigers side prone to leaking plenty of points.
Tigers coach Jason Taylor will be keen for his troops to replicate the solid defensive performance that Wests produced against the Cowboys a few weeks ago.
Anything less than a complete defensive performance and the Raiders will pounce, particularly if Jarrod Croker and Jordan Rapana are allowed to fire.
With the Raiders having already secured a top four birth, coach Ricky Stuart may also opt to rest some key players ahead of what will be a gruelling finals series.
Raiders half Aiden Sezer should be expected to sit out today’s contest which will leave Canberra without their starting halves pairing, given Blake Austin’s absence.
Having been given a lifeline by the Cowboys, the Tigers should be expected to take full advantage of a great opportunity, with the possibilty to make their first finals series since 2011.
A win today will see them travel to Brisbane to take on the Broncos next week.
Judging from last week’s terrific victory against the Warriors away from home, the Tigers possess the confidence and belief necessary to sneak into the top eight.
Tigers by 8