Canberra produced a strong second half display to beat Wests 14-6 at Campbelltown Stadium.
It was a tough battle in the first half, with the opening try coming in the 17th minute as Luke Brooks scored for the Tigers. Moses Mbye couldn’t convert but Wests were 4-0 up.
David Nofoaluma thought he had scored for Wests late on in the first half but it was ruled out by the video referee for a foot in touch. Michael Maguire’s Tigers led 4-0 at the break.
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders hit back with a try in the 49th minute through Jack Wighton, with Jarrod Croker converting to edge Canberra in front.
Wests forward Russell Packer was sin-binned in the 55th minute for a professional foul and the Raiders extended their lead moments later as Nick Cotric latched onto a grubber from George Williams to score. Croker converted to put Canberra 12-4 ahead.
Mbye added a penalty goal for the Tigers on the hour mark, while Croker added one of his own in the 69th minute to secure a 14-6 win for the Raiders.
Wests: Doueihi; Nofoaluma, J Leilua, Mbye, Talau; Reynolds, Brooks; Aloiai, Grant, Musgrove, L Leilua, Lawrence, Twal. Subs: Mikaele, Packer, Chee-Kam, Seyfarth.
Tries: Brooks Goals: Mbye 1/2
Canberra: Nicoll-Klokstad; Cotric, Croker, Scott, Rapana; Wighton, Williams; Papalii, Hodgson, Lui, Tapine, Whitehead, Soliola. Subs: Simonsson, Havili, Guler, Sutton.
Tries: Wighton, Cotric Goals: Croker 3/3
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