CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Sisa Waqa of the Raiders passes the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on August 10, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)RUGBY LEAGUE
Canberra’s hopes of an NRL finals berth are hanging by a thread, after going down 20-18 to Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on Monday night.
Needing to win at least four of their remaining five games, the Raiders failed to hold off a resurgent Tigers outfit who have now claimed back-to-back wins for the first time since the opening two rounds.
A first-half double to prop Shannon Boyd and the late inclusion of influential hooker Josh Hodgson wasn’t enough to inspire the home side.
The disappointing result was only made worse with veteran David Shillington sent off in the dying seconds of his 200th NRL appearance for an alleged headbutt on NSW enforcer Aaron Woods.
Seemingly still riding high from last week’s upset win over Melbourne, the Tigers looked sharp and dangerous throughout the match.
Fullback James Tedesco again took control and, with the help of halfback Luke Brooks, set up Sauaso Sue for their first try in the 14th minute.
The Raiders threatened to bite back quickly, but thwarted their chances with a handful of errors.
It was through Boyd they eventually found the points, the 122kg prop using his brute strength to cross in the 27th minute and again just before half-time for a 12-4 lead.
Tedesco started the second spell scoring and in the 63rd minute the Tigers hit the lead via a converted try by Pat Richards.
Wighton and Hodgson then combined to set up skipper Jarrod Croker to put the Raiders ahead.
However, Brooks scored in the closing 10 minutes to give the Tigers the last laugh.
The Raiders next face Manly at home on Sunday, while the Tigers host Newcastle on Saturday. – AAP
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