Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg have gone down 38-6 to the Canberra Raiders in their Round 18 clash this afternoon at GIO Stadium.
Despite a positive start that saw the visitors lead 6-0 and for the majority of the first half, missed tackles caused havoc for Wests Tigers throughout the second half as the Raiders ran in five second half tries to emerge with a big victory.
The result sees Wests Tigers sit several wins outside the top eight with an improved run of form needed if they are to make the semi-finals — starting with next week's clash against the top-four Newcastle Knights at St. John's Oval.
Wayne Lambkin's side got the match off to the perfect start when Michael Finn crashed over next to the posts after just five minutes to give his side an early lead. With a number of other opportunities presenting themselves for the visitors, Wests Tigers were certainly on the front foot and could easily have been further in front.
However, the hosts continued to plug away and eventually crossed through Manase Kaho before Harley Smith-Shields put the hosts in front after 31 minutes.
Kaho bagged a double just before half-time with a determined run and that would set the stage for the second half to come with tries galore for the home side.
Kyle Paterson, Kai O'Donnell, Matthew Timoko and Semi Valemei all found their way across the line within a 20-minute spell in the second half, with a sharp afternoon off the boot from Tobias Westcott ensuring the Raiders emerged with a big win.
Canberra Raiders 38 (Kaho 2, Smith-Shields, Patterson, O’Donnell, Timoko, Valemei tries; Westcott 3/5 goals) def. Wests Tigers 6 (Fenn tries; Stevanovic 1/1 goals) at GIO Stadium
Match: Raiders v Wests Tigers
Round 18 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra