The Tigers will head into the next month of football at the very least severely underdone in their back-line, after both Chris Lawrence and Lote Tuqiri suffered what are believed to be severe injuries.
For Lawrence, he was sent to hospital straight away with a dislocated hip, whereas for Tuqiri, he is believed to have suffered a broken forearm, both of which are injuries that may see them out for a month at the very least, if not longer.
In scenes that are sure to send shivers down the spine of even the toughest fans, Lawrence, who was heavily sedated was led away with family and friends in am ambulance, and he is now suspected to be in some doubt for the rest of the season.
Despite their win, inside the dressing room, it was like a war zone, with players quiet, and seeking information about what happened to two of their good mates.
“It’s still dislocated and they’re taking him to the hospital, they’ll need to get him under general anaesthetic to be able to manipulate it back,” Sheens said of Lawrence.
“It’s very disappointing for the kid and the team to lose our left edge … but the players have got to come to grips with understanding we’ve got another game next week.”
When asked about a time-frame for Lawrence to return to the side, Sheens said:
“I’ve seen two or three in my time and they’ve all come back, he’ll be back this season.
“When is hard to say, it will depend on the amount of damage done.”
Whilst Sheens was disappointed, he allowed his players some leeway when the Raiders scored 14 unanswered points in the second half.
“I noticed when Chris went off it really had an impact on the players,” skipper Robbie Farah said.
“He was in a fair bit of pain and the boys were pretty worried.
“I think instead of closing out the game we had our minds elsewhere.”
Despite confirming that he did suffer a break of the radius in his forearm, at first, Tuqiri thought that his arm was fine.
“I thought I’d be okay, I thought it was a bit of a knock that would go away quite quickly,” Tuqiri said.
“The first tackle in that second half I got a knock on it again and it was just killer pain again.”
For Raiders coach David Furner, it was the fact that his team could not hold onto the ball that irritated him the most, and that the final score-line was not a true indication of the game at hand.
“It did flatter us a bit the scoreboard,” Furner said.
“We’ve got to build on pressure and our last plays, they’re a side that you have to play at their end of the field.”
Dally M Points
3 Benji Marshall
2 Chris Heighington
1 Blake Ferguson
WESTS TIGERS 34 (B Ayshford, A Fifita, C Heighington, C Lawrence, R Lui, M Utai tries; B Marshall 5 goals)Â CANBERRA 24 (B Ferguson 3, J Dugan, D Vidot tries; J Croker 2 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Referee: Jason Robinson, Chris James. Crowd: 14,091.