Raiders have last laugh over Tigers

RUGBY league can be a funny game, but Wests Tigers fans certainly weren't laughing after one of the worst capitulations in years at Leichhardt Oval.

After looking down and out trailing 22-0 after 25 minutes of one-sided action, Canberra produced the best comeback in the club's history to pile on 30 unanswered points for a 30-22 win that left the majority of the crowd numb.

The game had everything, even a controversial finale after young Tigers halfback Luke Brooks dived on a Robbie Farah grubber in the 76th minute to score what home fans thought was the match-winner, but was overturned by the video referee for obstruction.

After the flying start by the Tigers, the Raiders got back into the game to trail 22-12 at half time, before Frank-Paul Nuuausala crashed over in the 45th minute, followed by tries to fullback Jack Wighton and Jordan Rapana to seal the comeback, the biggest since Canberra came from 20-2 down to beat beat Manly in 1998.

Ironically that was current Raiders coach Ricky Stuart's final game for the club.

Meanwhile Parramatta's gamble running into a howling wind in the first half paid off with a 28-22 victory over Newcastle at Hunter Stadium.

The Eels battled hard to stay in the contest, trailing 12-10 at half-time, before a second-half double to hooker Nathan Peats secured their third win of the season.

It was the third straight loss for the Knights who led the competition after four rounds.



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