Clinical Raiders blow away poor Tigers side

It was hardly the result Wests Tigers fans were after, with their early season woes continuing, following a 30-16 loss at Campbelltown Stadium, to the Canberra Raiders.

Billed as the premiership favourites before the season began, the Tigers have failed to live up to that hype, and have not looked convincing in any of their games, despite having won one against the Sharks.

With both sides missing key players, it was other players for the Raiders who stepped up and made their mark, namely Terry Campese – who appears to have put any injury doubts behind him this season.

Campese, who was on the sidelines for most of last year with pectoral, knee and groin injuries respectively, received nothing but praise from Raiders coach David Furner on his performance.

“He’s a player who you need to be touching the ball as much as possible and I thought his control and leadership was very good,” Furner said.

“It was a good knock by the skipper.”

Despite the win however, it was soured by a possible long-term pectoral injury to representative prop David Shillington, as well as a thigh injury to young forward Josh Papalii.

“We lost Shillo and Josh Papalii and we talked about handling that type of adversity after last week and we did,” he said.

“It’s a good win, and the players deserved it.”

For Tigers coach Tim Sheens, it was his side’s lack of discipline that frustrated him most, with the high missed tackle count not helping their cause, either.

“You’ve got to be able to defend and tonight we didn’t,” Sheens said.

“But you’ve got to keep working at it.”

“It’s (a tough start) but we’ve been in these positions before and we’ve been criticised by everybody and sundry and we’ve fought our way out of it.”

To make matters worst for the Tigers, they will face a nervous wait on centre Chris Lawrence, who was put on report for a lifting tackle on Raiders back, Jack Wighton.

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