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Raiders fall to Tigers

The Canberra Raiders suffered a 48-24 defeat to the West Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.  

It was a back and forth contest in the opening five minutes, with the Tigers breaking away to claim the first points of the match. 

Tigers centre Brent Naden intercepted a ball in the Raiders' attacking half but was successfully chased down by Raiders winger Xavier Savage. 

Shortly after, Tigers five-eighth Lachlan Galvin successfully planted the ball over the line to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers were quick to follow up, with winger Luke Laulilii bursting over on debut, claiming a 12-0 advantage.

Raiders fullback Jordan Rapana stopped a certain try in the 20th minute, with a try-saving tackle on Adam Doueihi over the line.

Tigers forward Sione Fainu charged through Raiders defense in the 34th minute, his utter strength helped provide his team with a 18-0 lead.

Raiders halfback Kaeo Weekes made a runaway break with minutes left in the first half, diverting multiple Tigers defenders, but the Raiders were unable to capitalise. 

Raiders second-rower Hudson Young came within inches of the try-line just before half-time, before a penalty goal gave the Raiders their first points of the game. 

The Raiders headed into the sheds trailing by 16, 18-2.  

Within seconds of returning to the field, the Tigers were quick to pounce, with Galvin scoring his second try of the afternoon. 

Soon after Tigers hooker Api Koroisau took his chance with a pass to fullback Jahream Bula to dive over the try-line, stretching the home side's lead out 28 points, 30-2. 

Danny Levi gave the Raiders their first try of the match after diving over from half, with Rapana adding the two points to reduce the deficit to 30-8. 

Two more tries to the Tigers through Stefano Utoikamanu and Koroisau saw the home side extend their lead to 42-8. 

Tigers forward Alex Seyfarth was sent to the sin bin in the 62nd minute, with the Raiders able to capitalise in this 10 minute period. 

The Raiders scored three quick tries in six minutes to Nick Cotric, Kaeo Weekes and Ethan Strange, to reduce the deficit to 42-24 with 11 minutes remaining.

An intercept try to Doueihi with seven minutes remaining put the game beyond doubt, with the Tigers running away with a 48-24 win. 

The Raiders will look to bounce back next Saturday when the side travels to AAMI Park to take on the Storm.

Acknowledgement of Country

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