TIGERS IN HUNT FOR TOP-EIGHT BERTH
THEY held off Penrith in the fight to keep their coach. And yesterday afternoon the Wests Tigers ensured they remain in the fight for a top-eight finish with a heart-stopping 22-20 win over Canberra.
After leading 16-0 midway through the first half, the Tigers went into the final quarter up 22-20 and it looked like the Raiders were coming to get them. But the Tigers held on for a valuable win to put to bed what would have been a testing week for the club with all the talk about Penrith’s interest in Ivan Cleary.
The Tigers moved to 24 competition points with remaining games against St George Illawarra on Saturday followed by Manly and South Sydney.
Brisbane are in eighth spot on 26 points with remaining games against South Sydney this Thursday and then the Sydney Roosters and Manly.
The Raiders made numerous mistakes in the first half but somehow only trailed 20-10.
It was four tries to two with three of the Tigers’ tries coming in a 10-minute period when Joey Leilua was in the sin bin for a professional foul.
Canberra absolutely self-destructed early on but as is their way, found a way back with tries to Joe Tapine and Josh Papalii before the break, reducing the margin to 10 points.
Further tries to Leilua and Tapine set up a thrilling final quarter but the Tigers were able to hang on.
TIGER TIME: Michael Chee Kam celebrates after scoring against the Raiders.