Their season is well and truly hanging by a thread, after they were shellacked by an exuberant and clinical Tigers side, losing 49-12 in Canberra.

The performance, which was led by the electrifying Benji Marshall, as he and his Tigers team-mates made light work of the Raiders, and their rather, at times, flimsy defence.

The situation has now become so desperate at the Raiders, that coach David Furner has said that he may not even travel to the Gold Coast for the test match next week, as a result.

“As a coach my importance is with this club and with these players,” Furner said.

“Great honour to have an opportunity, but (the priority) is this club.”

Despite reaching one of their lowest points in the clubs history, captain Alan Tongue says that the season is not yet over, and that the Raiders will fight hard until the very end.

“The season’s not lost. Don’t worry about that,” Tongue said.

“We’re going to have to show some character to get out of this.”

The kicking game from the Tigers was simply too hot for the Raiders to handle, and they just could not grab a foot-hold on the match at any time.

Whilst Furner acknowledges that his side was outplayed, he refuses to make excuses, and knows that the Tigers were simply far too good on the day.

“That was way too much possession for the Wests Tigers. You give us that much possession and that’s what’ll happen to an opposition team,” Furner said.

After losses to the Titans and the Broncos in successive weeks, Tigers captain Robbie Farah was pleased with his side’s effort this week.

“I thought the young guys really stepped up. I though Robert Lui’s kicking game, especially in that first half, really won us that battle in the middle,” said Farah.

Dally M Points

3 Benji Marshall

2 Wade McKinnon

1 Josh Dugan

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