Hapless Raiders eaten by TigersThank God for the Gold Coast Suns, otherwise the Canberra Raiders would have been the most embarrassed football side in the country yesterday.
But while the manufactured rookie AFL club had an excuse for its 139-point loss, the woeful 1-7 Raiders had none.
What transpired at Canberra Stadium was the lowest point in what has been a horrendous season.
And we're only eight games into it.
The Raiders trudged off the field demoralised and distraught after being handed a 49-12 mauling by a Benji Marshall-inspired Wests Tigers.Related: Sheens knows the pressure coaches face
The record books are being dragged out of the closet, but for all the wrong reasons.
It was the Raiders' seventh loss in a row, and equals the streak set in 2005. The 37-point margin was one point away from the Raiders' biggest flogging at Canberra Stadium, and was the second-most points the team has conceded at home.
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Raiders captain Alan Tongue labelled the defeat as arguably the most painful he's endured since debuting for Canberra in 2000.
''It's probably one of the lowest points, it's pretty disappointing,'' Tongue said.
''We're getting frustrated within ourselves.
''We're in a bit of a tough spot.''
The Raiders were fortunate to get on the scoreboard, with both their two tries having more than a touch of controversy about them.
The Raiders were booed from the field as their fans expressed their displeasure at seeing a side tipped to be a top-four contender suddenly having one hand on the wooden spoon.
''We understand totally what everyone's thinking,'' Tongue said.
''The playing group's pretty honest.
''We understand it's not acceptable what we [showed] there today.''
Raiders coach David Furner didn't rule out making wholesale changes for Monday's trip to Brookvale Oval.
The Tigers enjoyed a whopping 60 per cent possession, a dominance they capitalised on.
''Defensively or offensively we're putting ourselves under pressure,'' Furner said.
''It was a tough ask to come back from that first half.
''That was a bit embarrassing at the end.''
What ended so ugly appeared bright early on.
For the first time this season the Raiders struck first when Josh Dugan was awarded a try which had two points of contention.
After being called marginally on-side for Matt Orford's chip kick, Dugan appeared to knock on when attempting to ground the ball, only for the referee to rule the ball had been stripped - much to the disgust of Tigers captain Robbie Farah.
The Tigers had won their past six against the Green Machine, and it wasn't long before Farah's men returned fire.
Chris Heighington's sharp footwork exposed some lazy Raiders defence as Wade McKinnon levelled the scores.
It was then that the Farah and Marshall show took centre stage.
Demonstrating why they're the best five-eighth/hooker combination in the game, the pair tormented the Raiders with a series of deft chip kicks and amazing attacking nous.
Noticing the paddock of space behind the Raiders' defence, Farah chipped over the top, won the race to the ball and found Marshall in support. It was the first time the Tigers hit the lead, one they never even looked like relinquishing. Source: The Canberra Times