Tigers stay alive in the nations Capital after win over Raiders

Wests Tigers fullback Moses Mbye

In what was a do or die clash for Tigers, they have managed to come out on top with a win over the Canberra Raiders.

In a match that started out going set for set,  a brain snap by BJ Leilua saw him sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.

This then resulted in three unanswered tries for the Tigers and an early 16-0 lead.

The first of those three tries was to Malaki Watene-Zelezniak who scored in the corner from a Marshall pass.

A try for Moses Mbye that was all about individual brillance, where he tore the Raiders apart to score next to posts.

Once Esan Marsters converted, it was 10-0 to the Tigers.

The Tigers waited just three more minutes for their third; a slick ball from Luke Brooks sent Michael Chee-Kam over which Marsters again converted to put the Tigers up 16-0.

After receiving back to back penalties, the Raiders were able to get their first try with Joseph Tapine getting on the score sheet and cut the Tigers lead to 12.

The Tigers did not have to wait long to extend their lead again, however, after a great ball from Mbye put David Nofoaluma over in the corner.

A late break from Esan Marsters ended with him being taken into touch and handing possesion back to the Raiders.

The Green Machine were then given a last tackle penalty which resulted in a Josh Papalli try.

When Sam Williams converted, the Tigers went into half time with a 20-10 lead.

The second half started with a great break by Elijah Taylor, who was unlucky not to link with an unmarked Moses Mbye.

A dubious last tackle penalty in favour of the Tigers saw Esan Marsters convert a penalty goal to give the Tigers a handy 22-10 lead.

The Raiders did not lay down, scoring two more tries.

The first to Leilua and then a second try to Joseph Tapine getting the score to 22-20 with 17 minutes remaining.

The Raiders had all the momentum, but a few penalties and costly errors cost them field position.

This allowed the Tigers were to hold on and keep their season alive.

In what was a crazy and disruptive week for Ivan Cleary and his Tigers team, it was a gritty performance that may just see them play finals football in 2018.

Player of the Game:

Moses Mbye (Tigers) – 3

Joseph Tapine (Raiders) – 2

Luke Brooks (Tigers) – 1

 

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