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Canberra Raiders 20 v Wests Tigers 18
at Canberra Stadium
Referees: Tony Archer
A Clinton Schifcofske penalty goal three minutes into extra time has given the Canberra Raiders an exciting 20-18 extra time win over the Wests Tigers in Canberra today.
The Tigers opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a try to centre Dean Collis following a tidy Scott Prince kick. The Raiders then spent some time gifting the Tigers possession with a number of errors coming out of danger, and this led to the Tigers second try when Brett Hodgson got the ball one pass off the scrum and went through the defence after Lincoln Withers slipped over. His conversion gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes.
The Raiders scored their first try after 20 minutes with Marshall Chalk bobbling a cross field kick before dotting down. The Radiers levelled the match nine minutes later with a Phil Graham try. Schifcofske just missed a 50 metre field goal attempt on the siren before half time.
The Raiders took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Jason Smith put Todd Carney in with a great flick pass. The Raiders then looked to be shutting the game down and were preparing to grind out a win. With 16 minutes to go Schifcofske missed a long range penalty goal that would have put the Raiders out by eight.
With 14 miuntes to go Shannon McDonnell scored off a deflected Scott Prince grubber, and the match was tied at 18-all. There were three attempted field goals in the last five minutes, the Tigers missed two and the Raiders one, including Scott Prince missing one right on the siren.
The Tigers got possession in extra time after a Raiders error and had a perfect chance to take the win, but Hodgson put the field goal attempt wide. The Raiders got the ball back and set off downfield, before Todd Payten was penalised for stripping the ball. Schifcofske landed the penalty goal from 35 metres out and claimed the win and the vital two points for the Raiders.
Canberra Raiders: 20
Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Phillip Graham
Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5
Wests Tigers: 18
Tries: Dean Collis, Brett Hodgson, Shannon McDonnell
Goals: Brett Hodgson 3/4
By the Clock:
Good afternoon from Canberra Stadium. Today we have the Raiders hosting the Tigers. Grey day in Canberra and a small crowd is in.
The Raiders come into this match on a two match losing streak, while the Tigers won their last outing.
This is a do-or-die clash, both teams are on the cusp of the top eight.
O'Hara is starting for the Tigers, Galloway out. Withers is at halfback for the Raiders and Carney drops to the bench, and Woolford starts at hooker.
1 min: The Tigers get us underway!
6 min: Both teams just feeling each other out at the moment.
8 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...
8 min: TRY Wests Tigers
Prince puts in a half chip half bomb kick, Collis gets a great bounce and dots down out wide. Hodgson converts.
11 min: A Raiders error puts the Tigers right back on attack.
12 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...
12 min: NO TRY - Tigers
A grubber goes into the in goal, it sits up perfectly for Payten who knocks on stone cold.
15 min: TRY Wests Tigers
After another Raiders error coming out of trouble, Hodgson gets the ball one off the scrum. A defender slips over and Hodgson races through the gap runs 20 metres to score. He converts.
19 min: VIDEO REF - For a Raiders try...
19 min: NO TRY - Raiders
Learoyd-Lahrs is ruled to have knocked the ball on in the ingoal. He lost it after his arm and the ball bounced off the ground after a tackle near the line.
20 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
The Tigers make a mistake early in the count after the no try ruling, Smith bombs across field for Chalk who juggles the ball and makes a great catch to dot the ball down. Schifcofske converts.
29 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...checking for obstruction
29 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
The Raiders spread the ball wide to Graham who scores out wide. Schifcofske converts.
35 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...
35 min: NO TRY - Raiders
Elford just manages to force a kick dead, Tongue nearly grounded it out of nowhere.
40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra Raiders
From a scrum Schifcoske attempts a 50 metre field goal that misses wide, but certainly had the legs.
Halftime: A pretty entertaining game. The Tigers looked good early on off the back of some Raiders errors, but the Raiders have come back to level the game at 12-all. Still a fair few errors in the match.
40 min: Back underway at Canberra Stadium!
47 min: A poor play from the Tigers puts the Raiders on attack for the first time this half.
47 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
Smith puts Carney in with a magnificent flick pass behind his back that totally wrong footed the defenders. Schifcofske converts.
49 min: INJURY - a horrible head clash between Payten and Kahler has both players bloodied. Payten is going up the tunnel, but it doesn't look like a very bad injury. Kahler is playing on.
55 min: The Tigers are really struggling to make ground on the wet surface against the Raiders defence, while the Raiders are getting a roll on.
57 min: Halatau goes in off a really forward pass and the play is called back.
60 min: Raiders starting to give the Tigers free possession are territory again.
61 min: Purtell makes a great defensive play - as the Tigers spread the ball across field it goes to ground and he dives on it to get possession as the Tigers were looking a good chance to score. Schifcofske kicks out on the full on the last tackle.
64 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canberra Raiders
Schifcofske misses a long range penalty goal.
65 min: Kahler knocks a kick down and the Tigers get the ball 10 out.
66 min: TRY Wests Tigers
Prince puts in a grubber kick, it bounces off a Raiders player and McDonnell comes up with the ball and dots the ball down in the in goal. Hodgson converts.
71 min: Now Jason Smith kicks out on the full.
72 min: Payten returning to the field.
74 min: Jason Smith puts a huge hit on Scott Prince.
75 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra Raiders
Carney attempts a field goal that goes wide.
76 min: Prince thinks about a field goal, but he gets pressured out of it and kicks the ball dead instead. All the interchanges have been used today.
77 min: Withers also puts a kick dead.
78 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests Tigers
Hodgson puts a field goal wide right.
79 min: Withers loses the ball after a great run that had the Raiders in field goal range. Raiders penalised for a strip with 50 seconds to go.
80 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests Tigers
Prince puts another field goal attempt wide.
Extra time coming up!
80 min: The Tigers kick off in extra time!
81 min: The Raiders knock on 30 out from their own line.
81 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests Tigers
Hodgson misses wide right again.
83 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra Raiders
Payten is penalised for stripping the ball with two in the tackle. Schifcofske lands the penalty goal from 35 out, right in front.
The Raiders win in extra time.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Clinton Schifcofske
2 - Jason Smith
1 - Scott Prince