Round 4 Match 5 Results: Canberra Raiders 22 v Wests Tigers 35

The Tigers scored their second successive victory on Sunday afternoon when they defeated the Raiders at Canberra Stadium following a sensational second half comeback.

Looking at the final scoreboard one would think the Tigers had dominated from the get go, but it wasn’t the case as Canberra looked good for the win after scoring three tries in the first 20 minutes of play.

The first one came just four minutes into the match when Dane Tilse got over, followed by a try from Jarrod Croker in the 15th minutes and then Shaun Fensom scored in the last minute of the first quarter. Terry Campese converted two from the Raiders first three leaving the Tigers staring down a 16 – nil score.

The Wests did manage to put two away in the first half, firstly when Liam Fulton back from injury opened their account in the 29th minute. Benji Marshall missed the kick, the only one he failed to put through the posts out of the Tigers’ eventual six tries.

Canberra soon followed, rubber stamping their dominance in the first half with a 34th minute try by Joe Picker and Campese’s conversion bought their lead up to 22 – 4.

But before the half time siren sounded Wests’ playmaker and five-eighth Benji Marshall scored a second try for the Tigers in the 40th minute, converting his own try to bring their score up to 10 – 22.

But back from the break the Tigers quickly turned the tables and the Raiders were unable to score again while Wests added four more impressive tries to their name.

Skipper Robbie Farah got over in the 51st minute followed by Chris Lawrence, Liam Fulton in his second try of the night and then just to put the icing on the cake, fullback Beau Ryan but one down in the 81st minute.

Tension in the game hit its peak after Lawrence’s try tied the score 22 all in the 65th minute. Farah then gave them the edge kicking a field goal in the 71st minute to give the Tigers a one point lead ahead of Canberra after having trailed so severely in the first quarter.

Wests scored a big win against the Eels in Round 3 and now with their third 2010 victory up their sleeves they are looking to keep improving over the coming rounds.

The victory gave Tigers coach Tim Sheens his 300th first grade win.