18 Sep 2010

Benji inspires Tigers to narrow win over Raiders

5:40 am on 18 September 2010

A Benji Marshall-inspired Wests Tigers benefited from a stunning Jarrod Croker missed penalty to advance to within one win of the NRL rugby league grand final with a pulsating 26-24 semi-final win over the Raiders in Canberra last night.

In doubt all week with a knee injury suffered in the dying stages of the Tigers' dramatic golden point loss to the Sydney Roosters, Marshall was brilliant with a leading hand in three of his side's four tries to set up a preliminary final against St George Illawarra on Saturday week.

But as good as Marshall and the Tigers were, they were forced to rely on Croker missing what he would normally make, the Cinderella story falling short of golden point when the young centre pushed wide from 30 metres out with four minutes remaining.