The Courier-Mail

Hot Tigers wary of cold snap

- ROJE ADAIMY

WESTS Tigers are oozing optimism, but coach Jason Taylor is wary of just how quickly Canberra’s cold can put a freeze on it.

The Tigers snapped a fivegame NRL losing streak and lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder with a surprise 34-16 win over Melbourne last round.

A top-eight berth is out of reach this season, but Taylor said the victory and 10-day turnaround put them in good stead for tonight’s clash with the Raiders at GIO Stadium.

“The positivity is just flowing out of the boys at the moment and we’re really looking forward to a tough game,” he said. “We’ve worked really hard on staying positive, but it was probably at a point where it was going to be really tough had we been coming off another loss.’’

The Tigers will come up against a hungry Raiders outfit that is battling to stay in the top eight race.

For the first time in 2015 they will be playing without damaging forward Sia Soliola, who is out for the season after suffering a fractured cheekbone; hooker Josh Hodgson (ankle); and Edrick Lee (suspension).

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