Revenge was so sweet

Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

Nearly four months ago the Canberra Raiders came back from 22-0 down to break the hearts of Wests Tigers fans in round 7 at Leichhardt Oval.

Revenge was sweet in the nation's capital on Monday night.

The lead changed four times in the round 22 clash, with the Wests Tigers the eventual 20-18 victors over the Raiders.

The victory was made even sweeter by Pat Richards scoring his 1000th career goal.

Captain Robbie Farah was clearly proud of his team after the game.

"I thought our goal line defence was outstanding," he said.

"We conceded a couple of soft tries but in terms of our structure on the goal line and getting our numbers right and nullifying their halves, I thought we did a really good job."

Coach Jason Taylor said the way his team kept fighting despite finding themselves down on the scoreboard was "really really special".

"The fact that we're not in contention [for the finals] is irrelevant," he said.

"Finishing the season in the right fashion and playing some really good football is what we're about and it's a credit to the guys for the way they're doing that."

The game was marred by a couple of injuries for the Wests Tigers and a headbutt to Aaron Woods which saw Canberra's David Shillington sent off in the 80th minute.

Dene Halatau played on with an ankle injury, Sauaso Sue was taken off under the concussion rule but was cleared by the doctor and Kevin Naiqama hyper-extended his elbow. He was due to have scans on Tuesday.


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