NRL Round 15 – Match 6 Results: Wests Tigers 18 v 8 Canberra Raiders

It was a great result for the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon when a couple of late tries sealed their stirring 18 – 8 victory ahead of the Raiders in front of a packed and boisterous home crowd at Leichardt Oval.

The Tigers secured their spot in the top three with the win, having now won their last four games played. Following their bye from Round 14 they were well rested and ready to give the home crowd some razzle dazzle.

Canberra, who also put in a really tough performance, are number 11 on the ladder after losing two successive games including their 8 – 16 defeat at the hands of the Cowboys the week before.

Fans, commentators and coaches alike were strapped in and expecting a high scoring affair and it looked like they would get exactly that when the Tigers fullback Beau Ryan scored the first try just three minutes in.

Benji Marshall converted and the home side were in front by six after four minutes, but it would be another 20 minutes before any more points were scored.

The Raiders Joel Monaghan, backing up after being a late call up to represent the Blues in Origin II, opened the Raiders account in the 23rd minute, the try converted by Jarrod Croker tying the score at six all.

After a grinding second quarter, the tied score remained the same heading into the break. Returning for the second half it was much of the same with the high scoring expectations thrown out the window as both teams failed to gain momentum and the Tigers gave away some key try scoring opportunities with errant passes.

In the 64th minute the Raiders took a penalty kick and after Croker made it, it looked like it could have been the match winning two points.

In a ferocious final five minutes, two late tries by the Tigers blew the winning margin out to 10. First Beau Ryan completed a match double in the 75th minute, converted by Marshall to the roar of the 19,400 Wests fans convinced they had seen the final try.

But with two minutes left on the clock, Daniel Fitzhenry put the icing on the cake with a third try for the Tigers, again converted by Marshall so they finished up with an 18 – 8 win.

In more bad news for the Raiders, they have lost Scott Logan to injury after he broke his wrist just two minutes into Sunday’s match.

This week the Wests Tigers face an in-form Dragons outfit on Friday night while the Raiders should enjoy a strong win ahead of the Bulldogs on Monday night at Canberra Stadium. Friday night’s showdown especially should be a ripper, so make sure you back your favourites through