Our fans deserve better: Taylor
Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor has blamed his side's inability to recover from last weekend's demoralising golden point loss to the Storm for Saturday night's crushing 60-6 defeat in Canberra.
The Tigers were outplayed in all facets of the game by a Raiders side hell-bent on bouncing back from back-to-back uncharacteristically poor performances.
"It wasn't good enough from us tonight. It was a game that we were completely outplayed physically and it starts and ends there," Taylor said after the game.
"Mentally we couldn't pick ourselves up after last week's golden point game. It's not good enough from us. Our fans deserve better.
"The opposition are a big, strong team. They were up for it on the back of some big losses and we couldn't go with them.
"It's a really poor showing from us. We're better than that and we know we're better than that and the only thing we can do now is respond."
Taylor said his side couldn't dwell on Saturday night's loss with a clash against the Rabbitohs looming next Thursday.
"We play again in five days against Souths. They're in the same boat as us. It's bloody tough," he said.
"We'll have a team out there and we'll be ready to represent the Wests Tigers' jersey in the fashion it deserves to be represented because it wasn't done in the fashion it should be tonight."
The Tigers were well and truly in the game midway through the first half when trailing 12-6 after 25 minutes, but a try to Jordan Rapana on the strike of half-time, followed by three more Raiders tries in the 12 minutes after the break effectively ended the contest.
Chris Lawrence – who scored the Tigers' only four pointer – said ill-discipline with and without the ball ultimately cost his side any chance of victory.
The 2005 premiers missed 41 tackles and conceded nine penalties to gift their opponents an extra 16 sets of six on the night, gifting the Green Machine the opportunities necessary to post their highest ever score against the Tigers.
"We just shot ourselves in the foot with poor execution when we had the ball. We let them back in the game and they obviously finished the half off well," Lawrence said.
"They're the type of side… where if you give them too much opportunity then they're just going to continue to steamroll you.
"We just couldn't stop that momentum in the second half. They just had too much ball, and the more they had, the more they kept rolling us."