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Winning at Leichardt Oval in front of the notorious Tigers fans is not always easy, but the Canberra Raiders spoilt the party beating the home side by 15 - 8.
A hard fought for the Raiders, but one they can look back on and be proud of their display.
The teams were very evenly matched throughout the game, with neither giving much of anything to the other side.
Wave and wave of attack from the Raiders in the second half had the Tigers dead on their feet, but the scrambling defence held true on numerous occassions when it looked as thought the Canberra side would score.
A very good win to the Raiders in the end, in which was a tough encounter.
League Unlimitrd Top Players:
3. Schifcofske (Raiders) 2. Lolesi(Raiders) 1. Caine (Tigers)
Tigers 8 Tries: Caine Goals: Caine (2/2)
Tries: Lolesi, Schifcofske, Mogg Goals: Schifcofske (2/4)
By the clock:
5th min: A bombed try by the Raiders after a brilliant break by Lolesi, followed up by Crocker. Drew perhaps taking the wrong option at the tackle
10th min: TRY - Lolesi for Raiders. Raiders taking the ball up well in the set, Drew put the perfect kick across for his winger, and Lolesi obligies. Schifcofske misses a tough kick from the sideline. Raiders 4-0
13th min: NEWS - Pearson (Tigers) on report for a high shot on Davico, who's left the field with blood pouring from his nose. Thompson replaces Davico, no loss of interchange due to the injury
25th min: Both teams showing some solid defence, with the Tigers especially soaking up a lot of pressure
30th min: TRY - Caine for Tigers. A penalty on the 5th tackle, gave the Tigers another set of six. Sustained pressure, a chip through and Caine just gets his fingertips to the ball (ref's call). Caine clocks up his 500 points for the Tigers with the try, and adds another 2 points with the conversion. Tigers 6-4
34th min: NEWS - Davico (Raiders) back on, Thompson his replacement, heads off the field holding his wrist
38th min: PENALTY - Caine for Tigers. Player being held down in the tackle helps Caine to score his 200th goal for the Tigers. Tigers 8-4
HALF TIME: A tough encounter for both sides
47th min: The Raiders have the wind at their back in this half. Very even contest still
55th min: Wave after wave of attack at the Tigers line, but the scrambling defence has held very well. Raiders players must be getting frustrated
62nd min: TRY - Schifcofske for Raiders. A foot in touch by a Tigers player close to the Raiders line gives Schifcofske the perfect opportunity for a solo try. From one side of the field to the other he darts and weaves to score in the corner. Very hard kick to convert and he misses. 8-8
72nd min: TRY - Mogg for Raiders. The Tigers defence, dead on their feet, tackled their hearts out, but Mogg managed to duck under when it mattered. Schifcofske gets the conversion. Raiders 14-8
78th min: DROP GOAL - Schifcofske for Raiders. A mistake by a Tigers player led to possession for the Raiders close to their line. Schifcofske, as cool as a cucumber, pops it over for the 1 point. Raiders 15-8
FULL TIME: A tough game til the end for both sides