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Post by willow » Sat 02 Jun, 2012 8:36 pm

WESTS TIGERS THUMP CANBERRA 40-0 IN BEST WIN OF THE SEASON
By Wayne Cousins

Saturday 2 June 2012 5:05 PM

Wests Tigers recorded their biggest win of the season in crushing Canberra Raiders 40-0 at Canberra Stadium tonight in round 13 of the Telstra Premiership.

The match might have been played in cold and wet conditions but the Wests Tigers were red hot in a dominant performance to record their sixth straight win.

Benji Marshall was outstanding at half-back and controlled the play well with ball in hand and with his general kicking play while his goal kicking was again lethal.

Wests Tigers props Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway again pushed their case strongly for NSW Origin selection by dominating the ruck which allowed Blues hooker Robbie Farah to dictate.

Head Coach Tim Sheens brought Curtis Sironen off the interchange bench to start his first game at five-eighth to replace the injured Blake Ayshford.

Former Penrith hooker Masada Iosefa was added to the interchange bench along with Joel Reddy with Tom Humble dropping back to NSW Cup.

Sironen scored his first try in the NRL in the 13th minute when he ran straight through three defenders to score from a 10 metre run off a pass from Marshall. Marshall converted the try to give Wests Tigers a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Canberra were penalised for being offside after a spilt bomb by Marshall in the 18th minute. Marshall converted the try from 20 metres in front of the posts for an 8-0 lead after 19 minutes.

Wests Tigers hooker and captain Robbie Farah combined with second-rower Liam Fulton for a run around move before slicing through three defenders to crash over out wide in the 19th minute. Marshall converted the try for a 14-0 lead. It was Marshall's 18th consecutive goal.

It became 18-0 when strong running forward Ben Murdoch-Masila ran off a Farah pass to crash through three defenders to score near the posts. Marshall converted the try for a 20-0 lead after 31 minutes.

Wests Tigers remained committed in defence to take a 20-0 lead into half-time on the back of a superb first half completion rate (21from 24) in the wet conditions.

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A mistake from Canberra from the kick-off saw Marshall punish the home side when he put through a grubber kick for centre Beau Ryan to dive on the ball to score. Marshall converted the try for a 26-0 lead.

Ryan then bamboozled the Raiders when he ran acrossfield before splitting the defence to then put a grubber kick through for centre Chris Lawrence to score in the 48th minute for a 30-0 lead. It was an amazing piece of play by Ryan. Marshall failed to convert the try - his first missed attempt since the win over Parramatta in round 8.

Farah was replaced by Iosefa in the 60th minute to put him away for Origin 2 in Sydney on June 13.

Another piece of beautiful play by Marshall saw him get away from Dugan to put a grubber kick through two defenders for winger Matt Utai to score in the 65th minute for a 34-0 lead. Marshall failed to convert from the sideline.

Marshall was at it again when he put Fulton through a perfect hole to score out wide in the 71st minute. Marshall converted the try for a 40-0 lead.

The win takes Wests Tigers to 16 points to move into seventh place with a positive for and against record of +36.


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Post by keods » Sat 02 Jun, 2012 8:38 pm

"The win takes Wests Tigers to 16 points to move into seventh place with a positive for and against record of +36."

Stupid media reports it took us to third and 5th at worst

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Post by willow » Sat 02 Jun, 2012 8:38 pm

Wests Tigers hammer Raiders 40-0
June 3, 2012 - 7:38PM

Wests Tigers piled on seven unanswered tries in wet Canberra conditions to pull off an emphatic 40-0 NRL win over the Raiders on Saturday.

While the performance is sure to spark renewed talk about the premiership hopes of the Tigers, who have won six in a row, the thrashing will only serve to turn up the heat on embattled Raiders' coach David Furner.

It is the first time since round 19 last year that the Raiders have been kept scoreless at home and consigns them to their fourth loss from their past five games.

On a wet and soggy night at Canberra Stadium, the Tigers ran riot over a lacklustre Raiders' outfit, who looked impotent in their limited opportunities in attack.

Up 20-0 at halftime, the Tigers then scored another four tries through Beau Ryan, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai and Liam Fulton for a comprehensive drubbing in front of a crowd of 9210.

Ryan, captain Robbie Farah and Benji Marshall were all in blistering form.

The Raiders, meanwhile, struggled to get the ball and, when they did, turned it over.

Fullback Reece Robinson summed up their night deep in the second half when he made an impressive line break but then dropped the ball with no one around him.

Canberra have lost 12 of their past 18 games at home.

The Raiders headed to the changerooms at halftime to booing from the home crowd after a woeful 40 minutes of play.

Both teams found it hard to keep their hands on the slippery ball, but it seemed worse for the Raiders since they rarely had possession.

By halftime, the Tigers had enjoyed 64 per cent of the ball for three converted tries, all scored far too easily against the Raiders' sloppy defence.

The first came via five-eighth Curtis Sironen, who was making his starting debut as a last-minute replacement for the injured Blake Ayshford. He dragged two Raiders over the line for an early lead.

Farah managed the next and Ben Murdoch-Masila crashed over, taking three defenders with him, for their third in the 31st minute to go up 20-0 at the break.

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Post by willow » Sat 02 Jun, 2012 8:40 pm

Tigers punish hapless Raiders
ABC Grandstand
Updated June 02, 2012 20:04:38

Wests Tigers piled on seven unanswered tries in wet Canberra conditions to pull off an emphatic 40-0 win over the Raiders on Saturday evening.

While the performance is sure to spark renewed talk about the premiership hopes of the Tigers, who have won six in a row, the thrashing will only serve to turn up the heat on embattled Raiders coach David Furner.

"We're at home and that's a flogging and no less from the Tigers," stand-in Canberra skipper David Shillington told Grandstand.

"We gave them too much ball and they're a team that's going to capitalise on that.

"We gave them a leg-up out of their own zone too many times with crap penalties and ... so we need more urgency on our line and we need to be a lot better than that."

It is the first time since round 19 last year that the Raiders have been kept scoreless at home and consigns them to their fourth loss from their past five matches.

"I don't know about Timmy [coach Tim Sheens] but I'm more pleased with the zero [than the 40 points]," Tigers skipper Robbie Farah told Grandstand.

"It's the second time this year we've held a team to zero, it's going to do wonders for our for-and-against as well.

"We're in the positives now and we're climbing up the ladder."

On a wet and soggy night at Canberra Stadium, the Tigers ran riot over a lacklustre Raiders outfit which looked impotent in their limited opportunities in attack.

Up 20-0 at half-time, the Tigers then scored another four tries through Beau Ryan, Chris Lawrence, Matt Utai and Liam Fulton for a comprehensive drubbing in front of a crowd of 9,210.

"I don't think we'll be hearing the end of that on the bus on the way home," Farah said of Ryan's try.

"Beauy played great, his little efforts and kick-chase at the end it was a great little effort, didn't come up with a try [but] he got a well-earned rest at the end."

Ryan, Farah and Benji Marshall were all in blistering form.

The Raiders, meanwhile, struggled to get the ball and, when they did, turned it over.

Full-back Reece Robinson summed up their night deep in the second half when he made an impressive line break but then dropped the ball with no one around him.

Canberra, which has lost 12 of its past 18 matches at home, headed to the changerooms at half-time to booing from the home crowd after a woeful 40 minutes of play.

Both teams found it hard to keep their hands on the slippery ball, but it seemed worse for the Raiders since they rarely had possession.

By half-time, the Tigers had enjoyed 64 per cent of the ball for three converted tries, all scored far too easily against the Raiders' sloppy defence.

The first came via five-eighth Curtis Sironen, who was making his starting debut as a last-minute replacement for the injured Blake Ayshford. He dragged two Raiders over the line for an early lead.

Farah managed the next and Ben Murdoch-Masila crashed over, taking three defenders with him, for their third in the 31st minute to go up 20-0 at the break.

The yawning victory margin boosted Tim Sheens' men from eighth spot (14, -4) to third (16, +36), although they would be overtaken should Cronulla, Souths or Canterbury win this round.

Tigers: 40 (C Sironen, R Farah, C Murdoch-Masila, B Ryan, C Lawrence, M Utai, L Fulton tries; B Marshall 5/7 conversions, 1/1 penalty goals)

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Post by willow » Sun 03 Jun, 2012 7:36 am

Wests Tigers thrash Canberra Raiders 40-0 in NRL round 13 match

Josh Massoud
The Daily Telegraph
June 03, 2012 12:00AM


NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart made a hit-and-run trip to Canberra Stadium last night to judge the selection merits of Wests Tigers props Keith Galloway and Aaron Woods.

But after the Canberra Raiders crashed to their worst loss in 263 outings at home, speculation linking Stuart to a permanent move next year is likely to be re-ignited.

And for that Canberra's players - rather than current coach David Furner - deserve the blame.

Their handling was more miserable than the freezing drizzle, which 9210 hardy souls braved in return for witnessing a new low in the club's 30-year history.

Just the second time a Raiders outfit had failed to score at home, last night's humiliation also eclipsed their 70-32 drubbing to Newcastle in 2007 for sheer magnitude.

"Embarrassing," Furner dead-panned. "We made every error possible."

That's no exaggeration. In the first half alone, Canberra were forced to make 72 extra tackles after completing a meagre eight sets.

Some of their hand-overs bordered on comical, with Dane Tilse fumbling from a penalty tap cold and players failing to defuse a goal-line drop out.

Feeble goal-line defence was equally culpable, allowing Curtis Sironen, Robbie Farah and Ben Murdoch-Masila to burrow across for a 20-0 lead at the break.

And then on just their second tackle after the resumption, Sam Mataora tossed away possession on his own line to trigger a secondary points avalanche.

When the dust cleared, Benji Marshall boasted two try assists with wickedly curved grubbers to the right-hand edge and Beau Ryan resembled Mal Meninga after brushing past five defenders.

Farah enjoyed an early shower after passing a cognitive test to take his place, while Woods and Galloway submitted compelling cases to Stuart.

Relishing a smart bench rotation from coach Tim Sheens, the pair both finished with more than 150 metres and 20 tackles opposite big-name Raiders David Shillington and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.

"I didn't even know Ricky was here all I wanted to do was win for the Tigers," said Woods, who was NSW's 18th man for Game One.

Sironen's maiden try and ruggedness in just his second NRL outing capped a perfect trip for the Tigers, who have now won six straight and remain unbeaten in Canberra since 2008.

"We had a $50 fine if anyone mentioned the cold," Sheens said.

"It was about being mentally ready to play.

"Our completion rate was just great."

Sheens also agreed 18-year-old Sironen shaped as the long-term solution to his persistent halves dilemma.

"I've been trying to hide him for as long as I can," Sheens said.

"We've gradually brought him along. There's no doubt he's a first grader."

It's doubtful whether some of Canberra's players can say the same based on last night's result, which was worsened by news that utility Shaun Berrigan had suffered a torn bicep.

"It's about individual accountability and that needs to be fixed," Furner said.

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