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The West Tigers have pulled up an upset in the Toyota Cup grand final with a 46-6 thrashing over the Canberra Raiders.
While the Tigers were dominant for much of the match, it was the Raiders who were on the front foot early after opening up the scoring in the eighth minute through Mitchell Cornish.
The Tigers hit back quickly with back-to-back tries in the 11th minute and the 14th minute Kurtis Rowe and David Nofoaluma respectively.
Ben Picker looked like he may have gotten the Raiders back on track with a try in the 27th minute, but replays revealed he knocked on.
There was no denying Marika Koroibete when he strolled for the first of his two tries on half time. Jaccob Miller added the extras to give the Tigers an 18-6 lead heading into the break.
It was all the Tigers in the second half as they ran in five unanswered tries. Jack Gibson medal winner Matt Mulcahy claimed the first second half try in the 49th minute before Koroibete claimed his double in the 56th.
The Tigers stormed home from there as the Raiders struggled to execute their plays and produce the attack which had made them so successful through out the season.
Canberra Raiders 6 were defeated by Wests Tigers 46
National Rugby League - 2012 Toyota Cup Grand Final - Sunday September 30, 2012 2:00pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Referee: Grant Atkins
Video Referee: Bernard Sutton and Shayne Hayne
Touch Judges: Chris Butler and Dave Ryan
Halftime: Canberra Raiders 6 Wests Tigers 18
CANBERRA RAIDERS (6)
Tries: Mitchell Cornish
Conversions: Anthony Milford (1/1)
WESTS TIGERS (46)
Tries: Mosese Fotuaika, Marika Koroibete, Kurtis Rowe (2), David Nofoaluma, Matt Mulcahy (2)
Conversions: Jacob Miller (7/8)
Penalty Goals: Jacob Miller (0/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good Afternoon folks and welcome to the Toyota Cup grand final where the Canberra Raiders take on the West Tigers.
These two sides finished third and fourth respectively so we should be headed for an intense contest.
1 min: The game is under way!
2 min: Jeff Lynch makes a break and the Raiders are on the attack.
3 min: Ben Picker loses the ball only a few metres out from the try line and the Tigers are off the hook.
5 min: The Raiders will get a scrum 30 out from the Tigers' line after Kurtis Rowe fumbles the ball.
7 min: Possible try to the Raiders.
9 min: TRY
TRY! Mitchell Cornish scores under the posts. Anthony Milford converts from right in front.
Canberra Raiders 6-0
10 min: The Tigers receive a penalty on halfway and will have a chance to hit back.
12 min: TRY
TRY! Kurtis Rowe slices straight through the Raiders' defence and scores to the left of the posts. Jacob Miller converts.
14 min: TRY
TRY! David Nofoaluma, the Tigers are over again after some strong running from their forwards and a good kick. Miller converts.
Wests Tigers 12-6
19 min: Raiders have their first real try scoring opportunity since their early try.
20 min: Mitchell Cornish bombs on the last but Marika Koroibete is up to the task.
22 min: The Raiders receive a penalty on their own 20.
24 min: The Tigers hold on.
25 min: The Raiders will start a set of six on halfway.
27 min: Ben Picker might have a try for the Raiders here.
27 min: NO TRY! Ben Picker failed to ground the ball before grounding it.
28 min: The Raiders are penalised for a shepherd on their own 10 metre line.
29 min: PENALTY GOAL ATTEMPT
The Tigers opt to go for the two and the ball bounces off the upright and into the hands of Tigers' lock Inno Inosesio.
Wests Tigers 12-6
31 min: Jake Ahearn cleans up for the Raiders and they are off the hook.
35 min: The Tigers receive a penalty on their own 30.
36 min: Edrick Lee picks up a loose ball on his own 30 metre line after the Tigers' cough up possession.
37 min: The Raiders receive a penalty on halfway and they'll go on the attack.
39 min: The Tigers force a line drop out.
40 min: TRY
TRY! Marika Koroibete does it all himself to score under the posts. Miller adds the extras. 41 min: We are under way in the second half.
45 min: Tigers force a line dropout.
46 min: Miller fumbles the ball a few metres out from the goal line and the Raiders are off the hook.
50 min: TRY
TRY! Matt Mulcahy slices straight through the Raiders' defence and scores. Miller fails to convert.
Wests Tigers 22-6
57 min: TRY
TRY! Marika Koroibete runs 70 metres to score his double. Miller converts.
Wests Tigers 28-6
60 min: The Tigers receive a penalty a few metres out from their own line.
61 min: The Tigers receive another penalty and will start a set on halfway.
64 min: TRY
TRY! Mosese Fotuaika burrows his way over the try line to score under the posts. Miller adds the extras.
Wests Tigers 34-6
64 min: The Raiders opt for the short kick off and they're on the attack.
65 min: Michael Chee Kam loses the ball over the try line.
67 min: Mulcahy might have his double here, just making sure the ball did not go forward into a Raiders player!
69 min: TRY
TRY! Malcahy gets the green light. Miller adds the extras to take the Tigers' total to 40.
Wests Tigers 40-6
70 min: The kick off goes out on the full and the Tigers will get a penalty on halfway.
71 min: Koroibete loses the ball a few metres out from the ball searching for his hat-trick.
78 min: TRY
TRY! The Tigers spread it and Kurtis Rowe scores in the corner. Miller adds the extras.
Wests Tigers 46-6
80 min: Raiders might have a try on the death here.
80 min: No try! The Raiders are denied a late consolation try.
80 min: There won't be enough time to pack the scrum. The Tigers win the Toyota Cup grand final 46-6.